The two Patriotic Front (PF) Ministers, Justice Minister, Wynter Kabimba and his Defence Minster Geoffrey Mwamba have both welcomed the probe instituted by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
In separate interviews both Ministers said that they had nothing to fear or hide.
Mr Kabimba said he had confidence in the ACC and that it would get to the bottom of the matter and the truth would surface.
“I welcome the investigations. I have confidence in the ACC and I am sure the truth will come out,” Mr Kabimba said.
His counterpart, Mr Mwamba said the investigations would help to establish the truth and that he looked forward to the outcome of the probe.
“I have welcomed the investigations and I am looking forward to the probe and there is no problem, let them do the investigations.
ACC has launched preliminary inquiries into corruption allegations against Justice Minister, Wynter Kabimba and his Defence counterpart, Geoffrey Mwamba.
ACC spokesperson, Timothy Moono said at a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday that the launch of the inquiries followed complaints received on the alleged conduct of the two Cabinet Ministers.
“Yes we are on that case, our officers have received official complains of alleged corruption involving the two Ministers and the nation will be kept informed of the outcome of the investigations,” Mr Moono said.
Mr Kabimba, who is Patriotic Front (PF) Secretary-General, is alleged to have influenced the procurement tender process so that Trafigura would be awarded the tender to supply Zambia with petrol and diesel for one year.
Trafigura was awarded the supply deal at a cost of US$500 million for the one year period.
On the other hand, Mr Mwamba is accused of influencing ZESCO to award his company and others where he had interests, a one-year contact for the supply and delivery of wooden poles.
ZESCO intends to award a tender for the supply and delivery of nine, 10 and 12 metre-wooden poles on a year-running-contract basis to several bidders, among them Arizona Marketing and Distribution, which belongs to Mr Mwamba and two of his family members.
Arizona Marketing and Distribution’s bid price on the ZESCO poles contract was about K36.7 billion.
The company, according to the Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA), was owned by Mr Mwamba, of Plot 10 Roan Road in Lusaka’s Kabulonga area.
Preliminary notification of the contract award for the tender, whose bids were closed and opened on June 8, 2012, indicated that the preliminary award had been issued pursuant to Part VI, Section 53 (1) and (2) of the Zambia Public Procurement Act No. 12 of 2008.