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ACC open docket over Zesco rehabilitation contract

General News ACC open docket over Zesco rehabilitation contract

THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and Taskforce on Corruption have jointly opened a docket to investigate suspected corruption in the award of a contract to a French company engaged by Zesco.

The docket is in connection with a media report that the company contracted to rehabilitate Kafue Gorge and Kariba North Bank power plants bribed some Zambian officials to be awarded the job.

Taskforce on Corruption spokesperson, Victor Makai, confirmed in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the ACC and the Taskforce heads had been discussing the matter resulting in the opening of the docket.

Mr Makai said the two institutions would make their position known this week on how they would proceed in terms of investigations, stating whether the two would jointly pursue the matter.

The opening of the docket followed Energy and Water Development Permanent Secretary, Peter Mumba ‘s letter urging the two law enforcement agencies to investigate the matter after the media report.

The media report says that Swiss prosecutors were investigating the company in connection with corruption and money laundering activities.

The report said the prosecutors stated that there was evidence that some money was paid, as bribes, to foreign officials, including for projects in Italy, Zambia and Mexico.

Times of Zambia

62 COMMENTS

  1. Its only pa Zed. We need serious pipo in these position why cant RB fire Sisala. The guy hasnt done anyting. Zesco is too big for him to handle. Having power cuts during the dry season? what about during the rainy season? this man makes me have sleepless nites big time. he is so comfortable and thinks his position is personal to holder. we need a person specilised in power supply to drive that organisation not this marketing person. shaaaaaaaaa

  2. Yes #4 it’s something we traditionally do on LT 🙂 Good comment though – it’s not really clear this article, are they investigating the French company or “some Zambian officials”. #2 I agree

  3. Bushe cancer iyi how are we going to tackle it coz it’s like everyday it shows it’s ugly head.

    SPECTATOR,BABY C, WHERE ARE GUYZ AND HOW ARE U?

  4. Bushe cancer iyi how are we going to tackle it coz it’s like everyday it shows it’s ugly head.

    SPECTATOR,BABY C, WHERE ARE U GUYZ AND HOW ARE U?

  5. Let the task force do the investigations on RB and the sugars. Let them do the investigations on VJ’s appointiments. Mwanawasa chased VJ, RB nominated him is that normal. Somebody has vomited and you eat his vomites. whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  6. A good start but who are the prime suspects in this matter? Let the Public know.Not just starting investigating and closing closing it without any publication of the findings. Let the suspects go on forced leave otherwise, just know there will be alot of interfearance from those involved.

  7. #10 When did LPM chase VJ? Last time I was in Zed he was Minsiter of Information and Broadcasting (under LPM)…

  8. this cancer is difficult to fight becoz the head is rotten and by bringing VJ into the system confirms it all.What did VJ do in the last elections to earn him a job?Isnt it rigging?MMD is damaging democratic principles which i feel we shud fight and i feel pity for UPND guys coz they have shown their cowardise instead of fighting the noble thing.Shame guyz….

  9. MR sisala should go he is not a man to kelp at zesco.The man is very dull and he needs change.Dr mwanawasa kelped him just becouase he was one of the relatives.Now since the man is gone he should also go, no jobs of reletives in zambia now no family tree.Mr president fire them now no apologies,apologies while the country is going down atase sisala .Banda do something now you old man.

  10. #3 Calling for Sisala’s blood is not a solution to this power deficit. you can actually replace the entire ZESCO but i can assure you load shedding will continue. What we need is 700MW thats enough power to feed the whole copperbelt including the mines. Someone has to produce this power to end loadshedding. What Sisala has done is not only to rhabilitate the machines to design capacity but also to uprate them i.e if a machine was designed to produce 150MW but now producing 120MW due to age, you renew and uprate it to 175MW. this however will only reduce the dificit to just about 400+ assuming demand stays the same.So we need engineering and not political or public decisions at ZESCO.

  11. Mr Banda you are not my president you came through rigging you old man.You are the fake president. you dont look like a president, you just look like something i dont even know.Just to try you look like a sleeping dog. Mr fake president shame on you old man.

  12. #12 Sony ericsson phiri.
    who was the minister of infor. when LPM was inhospital? was VJ the one anouncing to the public about his health. I thot it mike mulongoti. VJ was not in good terms with LPM, He is corrupt

  13. No #17 he was Minister I’m sure of it, he accepted motorbikes etc. from China just after the 2006 election

  14. #14 MUZILIKAZI

    gentlemen the isue of ZESCO is an important one can we make suggestions on how 700MW can be found. the govnt want to call foreign investments so Far only CEC and TATA have agreed to partner and build Kabompo to produce about 40MW. The other investors are sayng if they invest in a big plant and price of power remains the same then when are they going to recover their money. they are looking for an investment where at least the returns should be within 60years.

  15. #12 Sony ericsson phiri.
    who was the minister of infor. when LPM was in hospital? was VJ the one anouncing to the public about his health. I thot it was mike mulongoti. VJ was not in good terms with LPM, He is corrupt

  16. Talking about Load shading. I think the government should consulte the engineers in electrical before bringing in the investors, you know these investors are just interested in making profits. We have energy regulation board and engineering institution of zambia. what are these guys doing about it.

  17. Useless ACC why didn’t you open a docket for RB when he was ubusing GRZ vehicles for his campaign Rubbish Bin i can assure you this will go no where since RB (Rubbish Bin)is very corrupt.

  18. #27 Mundia Sikatana

    The Engineering institute of Zambia(EIZ) is very aware of this problem and has recommended higher tariffs to attract investment. 700MW of power that is required is actaully a company far much bigger than Zamtel in terms of financial size. if Zesco or CEC was to undertake such a project they would get broke before completion.just a 40MW power station is bigger than the whole CEC in terms of asset value. the easier way to go is to develop Mini hydro power stations that are cheaper.the problem here is regulation, i.e if you build one in Chavuma will Zesco transport your power to where its needed. what will be the billing structure and transport(wheeling) charges.

  19. As far as i can see, there’s quite a number of pending dockets that must be opened including SISALA’s continued stay at ZESCO when the assh*@e is not performing. Who is he chewing with??? His continued stay definately borders on corruption.
    VJ’s bouncing back,free sugar / mealie meal distribution during campaigning for the past elections etc…

  20. IN THE SAME LINE I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE SO CALLED EXTRA DEPOSITE. IF A MONTH PASSES WITHOUT PAYING YOU WILL BE CHARGED EXTRADEPOSITE AND RECONNECTION FEE CAN SOMEONE EDUCATE ME PLEASE? IT IS VERY BAD

  21. # i do attend some annual comferences to do with the energy sector, this particular one on Mini hydros i got it from the African hydro Symposium that was held in Zambia a few months ago.Most african countries where present including european investors. if you know anyone at Kafue Gorge or ERB iam sure you can get some brochure of the same.

  22. SO ARE U SAYING GOVT DOES NOT HAVE FUNDS TO STOP LOAD SHEDDING, THE PROBLEM IS THAT LOAD SHEDDING IS ONLY PROMINATE IN HIGH DENSITY AREAS, POLITICIANS DO NOT EXPERIENCE IT.THEREFORE PROBLEM WILL NOT BE TAKEN AS CRITICAL. FEW WEEKS BEFORE THE ELECTION WE WERE TOLD THAT KARIBA TRANSFORMERS WERE REPAIRED IMMEDIATELY AFTER ELECTION WE WERE BACK TO SQUARE I OF CUTTING POWER EVERYDAY. EVERY ONE CANNOT STAY IN NORTHMEAN OR ROADS PARK OR KABULONGA NO, GOVT U VE GAT TO BE FAIR WE ARE ALL ZAMBIAN
    RB SINCE WE SEEM TO BE STACK WITH YOU SO CAN U PLIZ PERFORM

  23. The task force should be ashamed of it self. Its mandate was only to investigate corruption under Chiluba’s 10 year rule, even though that was restricted to the people they wanted to frame up and who worked with Chiluba in the last three years. The Task force has never investigated any of Mwanawasa’s corruption. Mwanawasa’s corruption with all the French companies operating in Zambia will some day be investigated. French company corruption in ZESCO is just a tip of the ice berg.This is why Mwanawasa’s first trip as President was to France, and that is why even his last days were in France despite the fact that his usual Doctors were in The U.K.

  24. Engines # 15. u see u are spot on what i meant is what you have written we need a person with the know how to head Zesco not Sisala. the way u have xplained is simple and straight 4ward. sms me your number i will apooint u as head of Zesco and cec

  25. No 12.
    sorry you have been away for a long time VJ was fired by late LPM when he was sent to katanga to go and investigate or talk to moses katumbi concerning the plundering of the nation. Vj came back saying infact Zambia is owing katumbi…………..something like that and the dude Kats ordered the country to make a stop to the concetrate coming to zed from DRC

  26. #36 Zed Baba

    If loadshedding was done using software then High density Areas would be severly hit. however Zesco uses manual swicthing to load shed, meaning they will calculate How much the system can hundle and decide by how much to load shed,i.e at peak time you might have to free 3MW in lusaka, then you find kalingalinga is taking 1MW, chilenje and kabwata is taking 2MW, then kabulonga is taking 0.5MW lonacres 0.9MW , Unza 0.4MW and Kalundu 0.7MW under such a case its easier to knock of 2 substations like chilenje and kabwata to free 3MW other than switch off all those other areas and still fail to free 3MW. iam not sure how ZESCO does it exactly but you can have an idea from the abov

  27. if we tell you ati even LPM chewed the cash with sisala you say no ba MMD wait you will hear,that is why LPM dnt want to fire Sisala. that is the same money used for campaigns in 2006

  28. Sorry guys the whole weekend i was reporting from Goma. i went to look for stones but came back faster than i went.

  29. #38 Kabwe ka Mukuba

    Thanks for the Job offer, but what i have said on #15 is exacly what Sisala is doing and he has tackled it squrely knowing well that there will be political and public alternative solutions to an engineering problem. He has however taken the engineering root against public opinions and as far as iam aware he has progressed well with rehabilitation and uprating. As for new investment of power plants he has left it with Govnt(Mutati ang Konga)to find investors

  30. #20 engine. Agree with you on these issues but just a correction. with 60 years you would be very comfortable with loan replayments as it was when W/bank loaned zed money for kafue gorge and kariba north in the 70’s. Actually potential financiers now want returns in 10 yrs which means very high tariffs. those are issues that sisala and his team are now battling with.
    Engine your approach is correct, instead of demonising people who are doing a wonderful job in difficult times, people should learn to understand these complex issues. the reason why sisala has not been fired is cos authorities know the issues, not family tree.

  31. #20 engine: also in general, the bigger the plant the better the economies of scale. However Kabompo and similar small plants have their own pros and cons. Just thought I should support you in your efforts to encourage people to think about these national issues than do kachepa.

  32. #32 i feel sorry for you about ZESCO charging you extra deposit and reconnection fees. I once suffered the same. The explanation is that the ZESCO billing system demands that customers clear bills on a monthly basis without leaving behind any positive balance. Should you say leave a balance of even K 4000, the system will interpret that you have failed to pay and hence it will automatically disconnect your house, thus on the next bill you will notice the extra deposit and reconnection fees. The best way out of this is to pay in full before the two weeks elapse or indeed be on the talk time meters. I guess its one way of ZESCO getting extra money from its unsuspecting customers.

  33. #32 You will notice that ZESCO has kept quiet about educating its customers about this billing system because they are raising easy cool money almost K200,000 for the so called reconnection and extra deposit. Physically your hse will not be diconnected but the system will have disconnected you and lumped you these extra fees even if you had not just cleared K 1000 on the previous bill. Its SO SAD. A clear example of Company theft. I have survived this theft by having a talk time meter at my home.

  34. What is function of ERB? Is this agency there to foresee the hiking of tarriff or to regulate the industry.
    I for I have been hit 160pin for a 1pin oputstanding for the month of Sept 2008.
    No wonder some one could get kickbacks over contracts because certain oversight agencies do not know their roles.
    ERB Zesco is stealing from Zambians.

  35. #47 & 48 THANKS FOR THE UPDATE , BUT THE GOVENMENT SHOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT . YOU SEE SOME OF US STAY WHERE THE SYSTEM OF TALK TIME LIKE BILLING IS NOT YET IN ,AS A RESULT WE SUFFER FROM THE SAME EXTRA DEPOSIT . I BEG THE GRZ TO DO SOMETHING . THAT IS WHY THE SOME VILLAGERS VOTED FOR RB BECAUSE THEY DO NOT SUFFER THE EXTRA DEPOSIT

  36. why dont we just build a nuclear bomb. even iran who has so much oil needs a nuclear bomb for elctric. With one nulear bomba i sure we can have nomore load sheding

  37. YOU Engine where have you been hiding,the infor you have given us is very important,the problem is that we aare very poor at passing on information or should i say the institutions should circulate infor so the public knows.
    i have heard the above story before but i never heard zesco or zambia mentioned in particular but the french company had aquired contracts through corruption to work on hydro power in an african country and the contracts were terminated.i think the story was covered by BBC or CNN (inside africa)
    the task force has no hand in it until the swiss have investigated and i think TF is prematurely involved as they rely on swiss and vestigators.TF can run a case runin in swss

  38. The taskforce has failed to do wanted the it was made for selective justice. bussy chasing chiluba what happened to the copper the chiness played with.its never been brought up.yet we praise the most corrupt pipo for fighting corruption baletulila amasuku pamutwe.
    has any one heard the ringington copper basenda.i cant post it hear.

  39. #51. I understand. Not all areas are covered by the talk time billing system. To avoid ZESCO stealing from you, make sure you pay the bill in FULL. Do not leave any outstanding amount no matter how small. And aim to pay within the first 10 days of each month. Do not wait for the bill to reach you, simply walk to the nearest pay point. Its really SAD that ERB and ZESCO are all quiet about this theft. Why not explain it to the public if its genuine.

  40. # 52 ha ha ha nuclear bomb. what do u mean could this be a bomb for war or u mean nuclear project to supply power

  41. The should also open against ZAMTEL. It seems the money ZAMTEL has spent on expansion of Cell Z compared to MTN is more but MTN is everywhere.

  42. good enlightenment from engines.those payed 2 educate us on such issues do so in hebrew language.hope those wit complicated company explanations call on efficient engines 2 do it.but we still need power no matter what.

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