UPND vice president Richard Kapita has said that Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba should be prosecuted if it is established that he influenced the payment of K200 million to his law firm by his ministry when it was not on the list of beneficiaries.
According to Auditor-General’s report Kabimba’s firm WM Kabimba and Company was paid the money without justification as it was not among beneficiaries.
Permanent Secretary in the ministry Joseph Akafumba was at pains to explain how Kabimba’s company found itself on the list of beneficiaries when he appeared before the Public Accounts Committee a fortnight ago.
Akafumba also had difficulties to state whether or not Kabimba influenced payment of the money.
He told the committee that the ministry paid Kabimba’s law firm because the payment was long overdue and no other company was affected by the payment.
But Auditor General Anna Chifungula interjected and said it was not true that the payment did not affect other payments, especially companies which were on the waiting list for a long time.
And UPND vice president Richard Kapita said that the payment was irregular and it was therefore important to investigate whether or not Kabimba had influence over the matter.
Kapita said that Kabimba ought to have known that his law firm was not on the list of immediate beneficiaries and allowing such payments to go through was total abuse of office, a matter which if prosecuted could send him to prison,
He said that it was not true that the Ministry of Justice effected the payment to Kabimba’s law firm without bowing down to pressure from the head of the ministry when the company was not on the list of companies to be paid.
Kapita said that Zambians had the right to know whether or not Kabimba did or did not influence the payment of money to his company.
“It is a challenge I am posing to the Anti- Corruption Commission and other security agencies to help Zambians know the truth by investigating this matter. We are not witch hunting Kabimba but the general feeling is that Kabimba could have influenced the payment to his company,” said Kapita.