FDD President Edith Nawakwi has accused the PF of pocketing over 30 million US Dollars through a dubious tender awarded to one of the companies owned by one friends of the party.
Speaking at a media briefing Ms. Nawakwi challenged President Edgar Lungu to explain to the how a named company had won the tender when it was the most expensive among the the companies that submitted their bids.
She said President Lungu should explain as to why a bidder who was charging 1million Dollars per tender was picked and not the on charging 150,000 US Dollars
“We want President Edgar Chagwa Lungu to explain his logic for selecting the highest bidder who was charging 1 million dollars per fire tender and not the lowest bidder who was charging 150,000 dollars per piece. Procurement practices demand that you pick the lowest bidder otherwise you have to justify why you cannot pick the lowest bidder.
“We are shocked that amongst the bidders that were not selected, there are actually manufacturers of vehicles such as IVECO, NAFFCO, FIRE RAIDERS LIMITED and many others. Yet Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu has selected a middleman, an individual in Lusaka and not even the local car dealers such as BUK and AUTO CARE. All these have been ignored in preference to a company of traders,” she said.
She further said there was no doubt that most of the money went to PF officials whom she accused of not caring for the people.
“It is clear from this transaction that the people’s money has gone into the pockets of the PF leaders. The PF leaders are callous, senseless and lack empathy for the people of Zambia.
Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu goes to marketeers and pretends that he is a very caring person by giving them crumbs of the so called loans. Truly, what he is giving out to the marketeers cannot even amount to half a million dollars.
We wish to challenge Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu to tell the people of Zambia where he is getting the money he is loaning out to the marketeers because there is no budget line for an expenditure of this nature in the 2015/2016 National Budget,” she said.
She warned that at the rate the PF were going President Lungu would face the courts of law due to corrupt activities adding that most the projects the PF is embarking on are meant to enrich themselves and not improve the lives of the people.
Ms. Also provided a list of companies which submitted bids for the supply of fire tenders.
Name of company plus amount in US dollars
1:AUTO CARE (Z) LIMITED
4:HAB INTERNATIONAL EURO
8:FIRE RAIDERS PTY LIMITED
9:SAVENDA MANAGEMENT SERVICES LIMITED
10:AUTO MART EURO
12:IVECO SA(PTY) LIMITED
13:VISHA SUPPLIES LIMITED
15:EN3 CO. LIMITED