POLICE BOMB TRACER STOLEN

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THE Explosive Trace Particulate and Vapour equipment purchased at a cost of almost K300, 000 for the Zambia Police Service has gone missing despite having been paid for in full.

And Zambia Police spokesperson Esther Mwata Katongo said the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has since instituted investigations into the disappearance of the high-tech equipment meant to enhance police efficiency in their approach to fighting global terrorism.

According to the contract signed for the supply and delivery of the equipment, 65 percent was to be paid upon shipment of the goods with 10 percent being paid upon acceptance of the goods, but that even after the whole amount was paid, the equipment was nowhere to be seen.

But according to the contract, the last 10 percent payment should have been made upon receipt of the equipment and since it was paid, somebody must have received the equipment which has since vanished.

The Auditor General’s report of 2015 revealed that full payment has already been made to the suppliers of the security equipment, Verticas Solutions Limited but that the apparatus was nowhere to be seen as at August 2016.

The Police Service bought the high-tech equipment to improve security checks for trace explosives and other such chemicals and substances at airports and other entry border points into the country, but that even after Cabinet Office released funding and proof of payment, the apparatus has not been delivered.

Ms Katongo said since the service was a department under the Ministry of Home Affair, there must be an official statement from there as well.

She said some of the issues refereed to the Police Service in the Auditor General’s report, like was the case with other Government institutions, have been referred to the ACC for investigations and that she could not comment further on the matter as a result.

There has been speculation on who authorised payments for the police equipment without following contract procedure as well as finishing the payment process without signing for the receipt of the equipment that had not yet been delivered.

Various Government departments have failed to account for huge sums of moneys paid without authorisation and without following laid down procurement processes.

“On 12 November, 2015, Veticas Solutions Limited was engaged to supply and deliver one explosive trace particulate and vapour at a contract sum of K299, 000 VAT inclusive.

ACC was already looking into the matter of the explosive tracer that has not been delivered despite being fully paid for as reported in the 2016 Auditor General’s Office.

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