The Zambian Voice says it will proceed to report Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe to the Anti Corruption Commission for corruption.
Zambian Voice Executive Director Chilufya Tayali said in a statement that it is now clear that Mrs Mwanakatwe and her husband Mupanga must be investigated on how they acquired the CEEC loan.
Mr Tayali has since appealed to President Edgar Lungu to send Mrs Mwanakatwe on forced leave to pave way for smooth investigations so that she does not put undue pressure on CEEC.
He said the Zambian Voice is convinced that the loan was corruptly obtained with no intention on her part to pay back.
Mr Tayali said Mrs Mwanakatwe does not seem to have any shame to admit that she does not qualify to be among the people that should have benefited from the CEEC.
He added that the Commerce Minister has no shame to admit that she defaulted on the said loan adding that she should have apologized for having a non-performing loan for almost 6 years as a senior Banker.
Below is Mr Tayali’s statement
MRS. MWANAKATWE’S RESPONSE IS SLURPISH, WE HAVE TO REPORT HER TO ACC
Looking at the track record of Mrs. Mwanakatwe in Banking, we gave her the benefit of doubt thinking she is a professional with some credibility to be honourable in handling matters like her Loan acquisition from a public institution which was meant for the underprivileged people.
Unfortunately she does not seem to have a shame to admit that she does not qualify to be among the people that should have benefited from CEEC.
Further she has no shame to admit that she defaulted on the said loan. If she was a professional as we thought, she would have apologized for having a non-performing loan for almost 6 years as a senior Banker.
Reflecting on how the loan was acquired, we are somehow convinced that it was corruptly obtained with of intention on her part to pay back.
Aluworks Industries does not seem to have benefited from the money otherwise it would have done better. There is nothing to show for out of the money borrowed.
Her response and pressure exerted on CEEC to make a misleading statement alarms us, we have to engage the next gear.
We are going to report the matter to ACC so that Mr.s Mwanakatwe and her husband must be investigated on how they acquired the loan when there were so many suitable people to benefit from CEEC.
Further we want an audit to be done on the Aluworks which benefited from Public funds so that the Mrs Mwanakatwe can account for the loan.
While this is happening, we hope President Edgar Lungu will put Mrs. Mwanakatwe out of office so that she does not put undue pressure on CEEC to do wrong things.
We have been investigating her for sometime and brought the issue to her attention so that she can quietly deal with it, but ignored the gesture. She has continued with her arrogance to cover the wrong things she has done. We have no choice but to bring even more and she better be ready for more to come.