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Zambia’s Attan Shansonga named in Panama Papers

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The Media Institute of Southern Africa has applauded the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) who coordinated the efforts of hundreds of journalists and news agencies from around in an investigation that has culminated in the release of the ‘Panama Papers – Politicians, Criminals and the Rogue Industry that Hides Their Cash’.

Attan Shansonga who served to as ambassador to the United States between 2000 and 2002 has been named in the Germany News Sudeutsche Zeitung which published hundreds of thousands of people including world leaders, celebrity athletes, FIFA officials and criminals hiding money anonymous shell corporation across the world.

The Panamanian law firm is regarded as one of the world’s most secretive companies, helped clients launders money, dodges sanctions and evade tax.

The Nerve Africa Online newspaper has published 18 african names that were found in Panama papers including Attan Shansonga.

Mr. Shansonga was arrested in 2002 amid an investigation into the diversion of millions of dollars out of Zambia when President Frederik Chiluba’s was in office.

Mr. Shansonga fled the country in 2004 and, two years later, was accused of receiving “misappropriated monies” and using offshore accounts to launder the loot.

In 1998, Shansonga became a director of Starflight Ventures Limited, Stacey Investment Holdings Ltd and Debden Investments Limited.

The activities of these companies were not revealed.

In 2005, Mossack Fonseca received court documents because it was the agent for Hearnville Estates Ltd., a British Virgin Islands-based company named as one of 20 defendants, including Mr. Shansonga himself, in a corruption case that the Levy Mwanawasa administration pursued in an English court.

The Panama Papers lifts the lid on how offshore companies are used by the global elite to conceal the ownership and control of assets and property worth billions.
 
“This is a most excellent illustration of journalism at its best, doing what it is intended to do by holding those in power to account. It is thanks to investigative reporters, whistleblowers and unprecedented international media collaboration that the matter is now in the public domain”, says MISA Chairperson Luckson Chipare.
 
The year-long investigation into a leak of more than 11.5 million financial and legal records, was undertaken by a reported 400 journalists from over 100 news agencies in more than 80 countries.
 
According to the ICIJ the investigation “allows a never-before-seen view inside the offshore world – providing a day-to-day, decade-by-decade look at how dark money flows through the global financial system, breeding crime and stripping national treasuries of tax revenues”.
 
This exposé continues to reverberate around the globe in its exposure of corruption and wrongdoing on a grand scale.
As reports unfold, as they are expected to over the next few months, we encourage the ICIJ project managers and journalists to continue their work in the public interest.

68 COMMENTS

  1. No sense! where is the Panama article its self? This is heresay. This is all fabrication! How come Chiluba Attan’s boss was walking around free if his subordinate stole money! Useless journalism!

    • Mulebelenga shikulu!! For you to respond to this means you have access to a computer. You can also use the same computer to google interesting stories like this one!

    • Your computer with it’s connection to the internet is your very own research institute. if you come across something that sounds strange, before people start wondering and poking into your brain wondering if you are actually human and live on this planet, like they have already said, GOOGLE it first, then make an informed contribution on this forum. It’s dead easy. This news is all over the globe.

    • Attan Shansonga, ambassador of Zambia to the United States between 2000 and 2002, was arrested in the Zambian capital of Lusaka in 2002 amid an investigation into the diversion of millions of dollars out of Zambia when President Frederik Chiluba’s was in office. Shansonga fled Zambia in 2004 and, two years later, was accused by the Zambian government of receiving “misappropriated monies” and using offshore accounts to launder the loot. In 2007, an English civil court held that Shansonga served as a conduit for $1.3 million to President Chiluba’s spy chief, who lavished state money on five-star hotels, Swiss watches, Hermes products and a visit to Legoland. Following the ruling, Zambia reportedly recovered “significant sums of money from him.” Attempts by the Zambian government to…

    • Ba kasale boss!!! Inyunshi niyi ala Internet can be a very productive tool if one learns how to interact with it……also try listening to other news sources ie BBC,RT,Aljazeera and not just MTV ,ZNBC with all due respect…..here is the link …https://panamapapers.icij.org/the_power_players/

      also make comments based on well founded facts not just from what you think!!!
      I rest my case!!

    • @Nostradamus:
      But your Ar.sewhore grandmother’s name is on that list – isn’t she? Suck my dick you pri.k!!

  2. The thieves are free, but people wishing to offer solutions to the country are restricted, threatened and beaten. We surely have it backwards in this country.

    • My honest advice to Shansonga: Join UPND if you want protection. All criminals are safe from blame if they support UPND: Wife beaters are without blemish if they join UPND. I hope he’s Tonga; he could come and stand as MP.

    • Dora, RB Etal all have corruption cases pending. Which party are they in??? No one in UPND has a case pending.

    • Kaili the problem with you Zambians is at the time LPM and team were investigating these guys u were crying ati it’s witch hunt and even glamourised Bena Chiluba and friends ….you even went on to say we have spent too much let’s move on …look at the effort, number of documents, people involved I hope most of you learn that sophisticated crimes are not easy or cheap ….u can imagine that we are not even talking prosecution yet..

  3. Attan Shansonga, ambassador of Zambia to the United States between 2000 and 2002, was arrested in the Zambian capital of Lusaka in 2002 amid an investigation into the diversion of millions of dollars out of Zambia when President Frederik Chiluba’s was in office. Shansonga fled Zambia in 2004 and, two years later, was accused by the Zambian government of receiving “misappropriated monies” and using offshore accounts to launder the loot. In 2007, an English civil court held that Shansonga served as a conduit for $1.3 million to President Chiluba’s spy chief, who lavished state money on five-star hotels, Swiss watches, Hermes products and a visit to Legoland. Following the ruling, Zambia reportedly recovered “significant sums of money from him.” Attempts by the Zambian government to…

  4. Just follow these revelations closely and you will not be surprised that HH who plundered our privatisation money together with Attached Shashonga is is part of the loot. HH destroyed the Zambian industry and that’s why he can’t account for the wealthy that he boasts of.
    In Iceland, the prime minister has asked the president of that country to dissolve parliament immediately because he is in the scandal. HH must also account for his wealth much of which was accumulated during Chiluba’s time. HH and Shashonga defrauded our country and is not fit to be near public office.
    This is serious and a campaign issue. Actually HH must be disqualified from taking part in any of public office.

    • Go and wank iwe kolwe…HH was just 32 years old when this country was being raped by Chiluba,Nawakwi,Penza and bena Alexander Chikwanda.They consulted the auditing firm that he was working for and proffesional advice was given on how to proceed with the privatisation.Chiluba and his cohorts did the opposite and the rest is history.

  5. Attan who was in corroboration with his master Chiluba were actually convicted during Mwanawasa time with these same crimes reported above, but when Rupiah came into power he commended Chiluba to be a damn good President, Today the same Rupiah has termed up with the current president and its seems our president is living with a free courteous mind in the company such people, but we just wish that when they are out of power the Mwanawasa formula should also visit this gang of Mafias,Thats why Mutembo Chito who courageously per sued these matters is not given any peace currently.But time will soon catch up with them.Just recently we have heard of youth empowerment funds going missing by the Auditor’s report,and the matter is just quite.

  6. There are 3 Zambians Indirectly implied in that That is why Dual citizens is not encouraged in some countries It complicates the Ponzi schemes Decisions to register under different names but same individuals

    If you know the concept of shell companies and motives you will know the motive for those who support dual citizens Others is with clear motives .You shell or shelf offshore a company by placing investments simply to manage your proceeds without active activity or trades Just existing on paper

  7. Attain Shansonga became a British citizen long before MMD come into existence blame them for appointing a foreigner as Zambia’s abbassador to the USA they can not deal with him here that is a Zambian matter how do you thing they failed to bring back to Zambia went he left? In 2013 he was arrest in Denmark because of a red flag Zambia had of him on want list interpol he was detained but Zambia lost because he is a European Union citizen so he was allowed to fly back to Britain. Stop calling Zambians with British passport as your own learn from this your duel citizen will not count because we such not apply for it as simple as that. Most people have completely dropped Zambian citizenship.

    • Calm down son. If you were serious you would find a way to prosecute the man. don’t blame dual citizenship. If you must know you are a beneficiary of the people I employ and so well take care of. Please travel a bit and you might learn something. Ignorance is bliss.

    • @Zambia, Shansonga was realized not because he is a citizen of the EU but because the Zambian Government gave a “no objection” waiver to the Danish Government.

  8. Attan Shansonga if he contested in Monze or Namwala on the tribal party,it would be automatic and would go thru.UPND thru their tribal voting are sowing a bad seed in this country and voting for them in August,2016 would mean tolerating tribalism,wife battering and violence.

    • Sata driven PF beat HH by just 27 000 votes. Sata-PF is gone and buried and has been replace by corrupt RB-wako ni wako-Lungu na Dora PF; kumawa concoction which Bemba tribalist are riding on.

      Lungu warned everyone that he had no vision and true to his confession he has run the boat aground; the economy has gone under. High prices o everything, inflation, borrowings, plus mealie meal shortages!! He is surviving by using Police State methods of brutal suppression and running murderous militias.

      Campaign strategy: Smear campaign against HH, tribalism, violence, lies on Privatisation, lying that Lungu is poor and humble when he is the fattest gaining person in Zed.

  9. Jethro, there is nothing much more effective and powerful in our country than love, tolerance and virtue. If you notice tribalism by a section of people, sow seeds of love and appreciation and you will change the whole world. Take time to understand why those you allege to be tribalists are influenced that way. You will be shocked to learn that what they need is your love.

  10. PF guys are desperate to see HH’s name pop up. Sorry he has no theiving blood. He worked for himself privately and decided to join politics to serve the public. Unfortunately for others, its the other way round, they join politics for means of survival.

  11. The Prime Minister of Iceland has just resigned because of this same Tax Avoidance issue on the Panama Papers and Mr David Cameron Prime Minister UK is also being asked over his late Father who has also been named…

  12. UNFORTUNATELY HH IS MENTIONED AND ATTATCHED TO 3 ADVISORS HE CLOSELY WORKED WITH HE HIMSELF HAS A SKELETON IN THE PANAMA SHELLS BECAUSE HIS OWN GRANTHORNTHORN IS ONE OF THE PROMINENT FRIMS FOLOWED BY ENERST AND YOUNG

    HH SKELETONS IS THERE WE WILL SHADE MORE LIGHT YABA PANAMA PAPERS WILL SHOW A LOT OF THE LOOTS OF PRIVATISATION BY HH AND COLLEAGUES PILLED IN SELF HAVENS AND MANAGED LIKE MESSI

    HH IS AMONG THE 3 OR 4 IMPLIED INDIRECT ZAMBIANS HOLDING ASSETS IN PANAMA

  13. UMFORTUNATELY ALSO ONE IS A YOUNG MAN RECENTLY DF PRESIDENT AND HIS FBZ CHAIRMAN SON IN LAW RECENTLY MARRIED HIS DAUGHTER

    KILOMETER KAMWENDO ASSOCIATES IN US IN PANAMA PAPERS LINK IS THE US OF A WIFE CHECK AND SEE

  14. The ‘Panama papers’ revelations is the current world news going round.
    Zambia @ 12 is telling lies that Attan Shansonga is British and will not be liable to crimes committed in Zambia. Lies, lies, for your own information anyone acquiring British citizenship found with crimes of terrorist, money laundering and financial serious frauds will be striped of British citizenship. Attan Shansonga can not hide in any of these crimes.
    Attan Shansonga’s name in the Panama papers is ‘primae facie’ of crime warranting investigation by ACC. Zambians should be warned that they have to account for their riches. Kapoko, Kambwili, Shansongo should be ready to account for their moneis in the new coming government. Its not jerlousy or bitterness, its world justice.

    • Politics in Zambia is about greed, corruption ,self service and looking out for ones family interest or clan .It is not about service to the voters. The wrong doers go Scot-free because they control all the three arms of government namely, judiciary,executive and legislature.

  15. Comment:if HH ‘s dealings re genuine nd his monies why can’t he help his vice who is in dire nid of help?.

  16. Size of Panama Papers:
    4,804,618 emails (!)
    3,047,306 database files
    2,154,264 PDFs
    1,117,026 images
    320,166 text files
    and 2,242 other

  17. Those who have been following my posting will agree with me that I am not a tribalist. Now somebody bearing same name as mine is in the house with his body covered in graffiti of tribalism, see @13 above. For this reason I will be using my middle name ‘Lieutenant (Lt) Columbo’ henceforth for my postings..

  18. There is a thin line between tax evasion and avoidance ba zakeyo often when it calls people with dual citizens chose the passport that saves them and often relegate the Zambian

    • @ Fact Set Correctly observed that’s why Iam saying it’s not illegal but I had put a disclaimer especially on Politicians because why would someone hide information and keep secret business deals when in actual fact when you stand for office you’re required to disclose all you’re dealings so at that point that’s when it becomes illegal if one fails to mention those secret businesses in tax havens…

  19. MISA Chirperson Lucky Chipare is very happy with the result in the Panama Papers. ‘ excellent journalism at its best…” Maybe he and the other journalists can learn from this and offer us articles that are well investigated.

  20. This Attan guy was as corrupt as they come. Sucking out millions from the country’s coffers on the ‘Reverend President’s’ behalf, we the gullible lauding his ‘hardworking and enterprising’ spirit, my foot!

  21. THE POST SHOULD BE THE LAST TO WRITE ON PANAMA PAPERS BECAUSE YOU CAN ALSO DO A SHELL COMPANY LIKE THE POST HERE IN LUSAKA

    HH LEAD IS DEFINITELY THERE I AM SURE FATHER FRANK BWALYA SHOULD BE SMILING

  22. Many of your diplomats abroad are now applying for refugee status. Some leave their families in North America while they go home. They have 4-5 kids all going to university or college. How can they manage to pay for education, rent, transportation, food, medical bills etc. In order to get these guys all Lungu and his entourage have to do is call immigration in these countries where new and old diplomats resided or any aid of the diplomat. You will be surprised at what you’ll find. These guys are ruining Zambia’s reputation, one has to be running away from a country due to fear of being persecuted or their lives are in danger. These are the people representing Zambia. Meanwhile they are stealing left right and center to feed their families using Zambia’s money.

  23. This is not news concerning Shansonga, we new about the Panama way back and it is funny that this had taken so long to come to light for other countries. This only shows you how much top government and banks CEOs are involved. Besides we know there are banks and countries committing these crimes and nobody cares. For as long as you’re not a politician and not seeking public office, this will simply die a natural death!

  24. I would rather remain a poor man than opt being a mason with money which could not be enjoyed……money for prestige only ? It does not make sense.

  25. Those who doubt where the proceeds of the privitisation of mines went to need to rest their case. We all know that FTJ (he should not turn in his grave) and his cohort of ransacking thieves cleaned the state account clean. Today, we blame those who were miles away from that tandem of thieves as my yester Post used to put it.

  26. Where are people like Xaviour Chungu? He is right here in Zambia a free man working with current government.

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