The Fire Trucks

Local Government and Housing Minister Vincent Mwale has attempted to shield government from the controversial procurement of 42 fire tenders at a cost of US$42 million.

And investigations have shown that Grand View International Limited, the firm awarded the tender to supply government with the 42 fire engines is owned by President Edgar Lungu’s close business associate Bokani Soko.

On 3rd December 2015, Ministry of Local Government and Housing Head of Procurement and Supplies Unit Charles K. Chisanga, awarded a US$42 million contract for to 42 fire fighters to Grand View International Ltd.

A search at confirmed that Grand View International Ltd Directors are Bokani Soko and Quintino Soko.

A number of stakeholders have questioned contract sum and accused government of lack of priorities for paying US$42 million for 42 fire engines which translates to US$1 million per one fire engine.

But Local Government Minister Vincent Mwale has defended government from the criticism saying there was no cabinet minister who had a hand in the procurement process.

Mr Mwale said Cabinet has no role in the procurement adding that tenders are never tabled in cabinet meeting.

He said cabinet meetings only discussed contraction of loans and not tender procurement.
Mr Mwale who is also Chipangali Member of Parliament was responding to questions from Zambians on Twitter who asked him to clarify how government approved the procurement.

The Local Government Minister has since promised to issue a ministerial statement in Parliament on the issue.

“I fully understand and that is why I see the need for me to do a comprehensive statement to parliament and afford MPs an opportunity to ask,” he said.

Mr Mwale disclosed that all procurements are handled by Permanent Secretaries up to a certain threshold and those beyond thresholds are referred to the Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA).

“A PS has a ceiling and beyond that ceiling it’s got to go to ZPPA and that’s the ultimate, they handle any amount. There is nothing beyond them, “he said.

Mr Mwale however admitted that the Ministries initiate all procurements.

“Yes, initiated by the line Ministry and by the procurement officers then the controlling offers ultimately. My point was that it’s not Cabinet. Have you ever wondered why it was only controlling officers that appeared and still appear before the Committee (Public Accounts Committee)? Because they procure and not politicians.”

Mr Mwale also castigated Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili for speaking out against the procurement of fire tenders now that he is not a Minister.

“Well let’s say any former Minister. I thought he might be more believable because of his stance on government at the moment. Cabinet doesn’t get involved in procurement of any project no matter the size, such things are not tabled. ZPPA is the authority. Ask Kambwili,” he said.

And investigations have revealed that the trucks were bought in 2015 by Grand View International, a company owned by Bokani Soko, a close business associate of President Lungu.
Further investigations also showed that most tenders submitted ranged from $15m to $19m but Grand View International ended up getting the tender at a whopping $42 million.

And one of the companies that tendered and objected to the 42 million tender even brought in manufacturers of the fire trucks to come and explain the costs of all specifications required stated that the highest one could spend US$ 19 million for the 42 trucks including all the taxes, insurance and shipping.

Some critics have pointed out that the recent spate of fires that have hit markets in Zambia were deliberately calculated to justify the procurement of the 42 fire fighters.

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199 COMMENTS

  1. Wow ba corrupt PF naimwe, yet they loudly came on the scene in 2011 lying that they were allergic to corruption.

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    • Wow! Kambwili didn’t do any wrong by speaking out!! Iwe ka Vincent just tell us why those things are very expensive

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    • Zambians are christians, they will just go to church and ask God to help them. everything will be ok. meanwhile that mwale boy and his friend edgar will be laughin all the way to the bank. they will even attend the prayers to help zambia riding in the latest range rovers and all. ati peaceful nation? kuti? its a nation full of docile and indoctrinated human beings whose minds have been captured by crazy religious beliefs ati christian nation. thats why everything, ni forgive and pray. anso tamulachula ba kapala imwe. wait and see!!! ka tasila takabwelela nako shtango nomba kabili chali boboka kuli ba wishi pa zed. ni steal and get rich in an hour.

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    • If someone can steal millions from a widow, until his lawyer practicing licence got cancelled, what can stop him from looting $millions from treasury where “nobody is getting hurt”.

      PF is stealing through over-inflated tenders whilst sinking the country into serious debt. Just look at $1.2 Billion for 300km Lusaka dual-carriage.

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    • Straight case for public inquiry, BUT guess what it will be the some cartel handle the case. This is grand scale – C O R R U P T I O N.

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    • Yesterday Ka Amos Chanda dared anyone with evidence on corruption in the PF to bring it to the public instead of claiming. I think Uku ekusebana nomba. How on earth can you defend this? Is this going to be swept under the carpet as usual? When you know you are guilty never dare people to prove it.

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    • I said it here three months ago that these Fire Engines should not be costing more than $600k fully equipped…but again the usual ignorant cadres were quick to criticise. I repeat again no way should a road construction project cost $1.2 billion …

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    • Mr. Mwale you don’t need to be a rocket scientist that such a deal involving the head of state’s friend can be given without cabinets approval. I mean what powers has cabinet got over the one who ‘heads’ cabinet sittings? You are all his employees

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    • These are reasonable prices and anyone cristising them are 4ools and enemy of our noble country.

      We need lee them and we got them

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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    • This Bokani Soko scumbag just where does he crawl from to think that all Zambians are so thick that he can parade reconditioned fire engines and claim they cost a million $ each? Our people are suffering while together with his accomplices he is walking to the bank smiling over stolen money. It’s disgusting. This man called Lungu is a shame to Zambia’s presidency for presiding over such corruption. This shows that he does not love his country by associating with such vermin called Bokani Soko. What on earth can convince me that he’s not part of it at all?

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    • PF=Pompwe-Family.

      Petty crime & robberies used to be an occupation reserved for bembas. Now it seems Nyanjas are even bigger thieves:
      – Richard Sakala
      – Jonathan
      – RB & sons
      – Dora Siliti
      – Bokoni Soko
      – kaizer zulu

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    • How would a country, move forward with such corruption? Why did they not procure these trucks through the Authorized Scania Dealers in Zambia? Don’t they know that there is warranty issues / these trucks have to be serviced?
      Vincent should talk facts that use emotions. Who the hell is he trying to cheat? Who will service those trucks? Don’t you know that they were supposed to come with maintenance plan? Look at the company awarded the contract?? On what grounds. The anti-corruption commission is sleeping in Zambia.

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    • WHAT’S THE FUSS ABOUT? GOVERNMENTS DON’T DEAL WITH SECOND HAND FIRE TENDER TRUCKS. THE AVERAGE PRICE OF ONE SCANIA TRUCK OF THE MODERN MODEL SHOULD NOT COST LESS THAN K1.2M. NEGOTIATIONS SHOULD PUSH THE COST IN THE RANGE K900,000 TO K1,000, 000.
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      Grow up. No story here. I thought it was something of great substance. These ill-informed UPND online cadres are really bitter and can drive an upright nuts. Yes, if a Zambian can supply these trucks with minimal overhead costs, so be it. Start manufacturing these equipment so that your laziness does not toss you to online gossip which has no head. Which corruption are you talking about. Discuss real issues rather than engaging in clueless innuendos. Else if you have issues take them to relevant…

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    • But to be honest, a fire truck, depending on the equipment it has, can cost up to $1.6 million dollars. Question is what type of truck did they get? let them explain by giving us the equipment it has.

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    • Thorn in the flesh

      Who told you that they are scania trucks ? Did you hear of scania made in Spain?

      You see photoshoped images and think you are getting scania ?
      You theives

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    • 1.19 flag Spaka like lilo
      Sorry if you’re blind man. I am seeing LT photos of SCANIA FIRE TENDERS. Photoshoped or not or are emotions in your body sending you wildly high? Are you seeing stars?

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    • 1.18 flag zagaze
      You are the true son of the land.
      Point on bro. That’s the question burning in my chest right now. I don’t want to justify and shield corrupt elements; I don’t wanna criticize blindly either.

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    • Thorn in the flesh….

      Those photoshopped images of scania trucks are showing draped in Zambian flags…..I asked you when have you heard of Scania made in Spain, ? And have the fire service or who ever bought told you that they are scania trucks that are being bought ?

      A photoshopped image of scania trucks is put in front of you to justify the $42 million bill.

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    • Your comment is awaiting moderation
      Thorn in the flesh….

      Those photoshopped images of scania trucks are showing dressed in Zambian flags…..I asked you when have you heard of Scania made in Spain, ? And have the fire service or who ever bought told you that they are scania trucks that are being bought ?

      A photoshopped image of scania trucks is put in front of you to justify the $42 million bill.

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    • Where is BR Mumba to come and sing us a song about Zambian Enterprise..surely how can you develop a nation with such rampant7 corrupt greedy men. Its like trying to carry water in a bucket with holes! !

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    • 1.22 flag Spaka like lilo
      Man! Are you accusing LT of being accomplices? I don’t know man. But LT has ownership of the photo. Can you see the logo all over those photo. Ask LT for the source, they own the story too. That’s why I am not as worked out as some of you guys. I am not smacked by this story at all. I will wait until the story unfolds into something realistic.

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    • Why is this case not in court? By the way which court will handles these cases. We also have the one where the concourt said the president broke the law. Someone help me here. We need updates on these cases

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  2. And to think there will be a carder who will work up this morning and support this! I can almost understand the motivation of the thieves, greed. But PF carders, what motivates you to support wrong things even as your poor relatives sleep hunger and die of preventable causes in hospitals because there is no medicine. There must be a special place in hell for your kind. Meanwhile mulandu siu ola

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    • UPND is not happy that the fires its has been starting will quickly be pit off hence the insults on the PF

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    • I wondered why all of a sudden Edgar had Vincent was more favored minister to extent of wishing him take over from Mutati.

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  3. I think Mwale is part and parcel of this corruption. It’s clear. Zambia is a good country with alot of money but the problem the government is captured by few greedy individuals like Mwale.

    The biggest problem in zambia we don’t have true opposition parties to expose the government. UPND is hopeless number one!

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    • Very true. UPND is busy bla bla bla about rubbish which ain’t important ignoring real issues like this one. Very useless and hopeless opposition.

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    • Look at the PF kaponya rats now trying to blame UPND even when corruption is consuming them from top to bottom.. ..

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    • Form your own party. It’s that simple. And when you do, UPND will have fought for your protection against persecution assuming you rub a raw nerve on Jonathan.

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    • UPND is not Zambia. The money this PF govt is looting is not UPND’s, but belongs to each and every Zambian. It is up to all Zambians to question, petition or bring to book the ACC, tender authority and PF govt as to why such corruption is being allowed. Let us not leave such works to be done for us or nothing will be done.

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    • This is an absolute fake news.
      until you guys investigate and come up with something meaningful will my eyebrows raise.

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  4. This is the beggining of the government to be accountable for the money that they are plundering. All Zambians should now stand up and seek clarification on this fire tending saga. The road money should also be scrutinised properly.

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    • Lungu will just ignore everyone and continue as usual with the PF kaponya rats dancing and clapping on LT to his every move….

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    • US$ 27 MILLION more in Lungus bank account! What is the total he has now stolen from the Zambian people?

      When is he going to graduate from millions to BILLIONS?

      And stupid Zambians tolerate this daylight stealing in full view! They deserve to starve and suffer! Too dull to throw this thief in the rubbish where he belongs.

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    • Unfortunately he will not pay back a single cent even if this company was owned by his daughter as they will simply say we dont a hand in the procurement process.
      Zambians need to wake up from their docility and sort out governance issues.

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    • There is nothing stealing here only Government taking care of it’s citizens. People torching markets are running defeated and scared. Just a form character assassination, defamation of character, dragging one’s name through the mud, Negative campaign. Just how much is one new fire tender machine?

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  5. The tender documents indicate that completion should have been with 32 weeks [8 months]. As Bokani et al. have failed to fulfil the contractual obligations, all monies should be refunded with interest immediately.

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  6. Lets Go. They Are Now Distancing Themselves Ka. Time Is Coming When All Allerged Corruption Scandals Will Be Explained In The Courts Of Law. Not On Twitter Or Parliament Through Ministerial Statements Where Mr.Mwale Will Just Lie And Tell Lies In That House.
    Around This Time In 2022 All Of You Corrupt Chaps Will Be Rotting In Chimbokaila Zambians Are Tired With Your Embezzlements Of Public Funds.

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  7. When u start the fire plz see it to the end.

    Let there be clarity and thse that have started the investigations shud nt tire bt see to it that everything is explained.

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  8. Country men and women of mother Zambia, this is crazy. I have never heard of a fire tender costing this much. Even the Hercules Trucks used in Nchanga open pit to haul ore do not cost this much. This is daylight robbery. Stealing whilst we are all watching. HH should push for a special investigation into this scandal. The Government is distancing itself from this one great scandal. How can that be. This tender was carried out by the Government wing. Scandalous PF Government.

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    • Let HH be You call him bitter when he tries to speak for the betterment of this country. Here we go now I think We are now enjoying the ride of high corruption with escalating poverty levels.

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    • Those trucks cannot cost that much by far! Especially that they are duty free! If they were personal property maybe slightly that price but not for the state.

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    • Good Question “What trucks are those?”
      There is nothing unbelievable here only Government taking care of it’s citizens. People torching markets are running defeated and scared. Just a form of character assassination, defamation of character, dragging one’s name through the mud, Negative campaign.
      Just how much is one new fire tender machine?

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    • A new fire truck would not cost more the $700,000.

      Can’t you read that other tenders of $19 million were rejected ??

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  9. ACC Is Toothless When Zambians Are Crying For Investigations Over Allerged Theft Of Public Money. Lets Just Hire Scortland Yard Or FBI To Come And Investigate This Fire Tender Scandal And Lusaka-Ndola Dual Carriageway. People Will Be Arrested Within A Week Or So. So That Hon.Mwale And Hon.Chitotela Explain This In The Courts Of Law.
    I Admire How Brazil Government Treat Their Officials Who Are Allerged To Be Corrupt.

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    • THE ACC IS WAITING FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU WITH GUTS. TAKE YOUR STORY THERE AND THEY WILL ACT. DO YOU HAVE THE FACTS? WHISTLE BLOWERS! I AM INTERESTED, IF YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TAKE THE STEP.
      There is nothing toothless here only Government taking care of it’s citizens. People torching markets are running defeated and scared. Just a form of character assassination, defamation of character, dragging one’s name through the mud, Negative campaign.
      Just how much is one new fire tender machine? If you have evidence of misappropriation of funds book it with the ACC otherwise, you are talking from without and no where.

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    • You just waste your precious time taking such an issue to the ACC when you already know the outcome of these corrupt mafias

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    • Then stop ranting if the ACC can’t help you. You do remember the LPM-Silvia Masebo procurement of 100
      hearses,150 constituency vehicles, boats and utility trucks. The hearses gobble US$2.9 million. This line ministry is hot. How did the case end?

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    • No wonder zambia will not develop because of people who thinks like you @ thorn. Honestly you have not seen any thing wrong because you feed on the same table of corruption.

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    • 11.8 flag tete
      No bro. For Zambia to develop we need realists. Sober people with credibility devoid of the notorious pull them down syndrome and insurmountable levels of emotional hate. I am just voicing my own here. Like Spaka is questioning me about the photo, How authentic are those Pacra papers? From these comments, upright individuals are saying, that yes, a special fire tender equipment can cost K1M + everything included. I am leaving here more educated than you because I am asking USA Watergate style of questions. You talk from without; I speak from within the very meat of the story. Don’t mind me if I be a thorn in your flesh. Your emotions are hugely disturbing outa touch of reality.

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  10. This is very unfortunate. This issue should not be politicized but it is a matter of moral responsibility be it PF or UPND. Who would allow such callous extravagance at the expense of development? If Sata were alive today (MHSRIP) he would not condone such carelessness and sheer disregardful of tenets of good governance.But as usual, Edgar won’t do anything and we know why. Kambwili has blown the trumpet, now its up to the anti corruption commission to do its job. Shameless misfits masquerading as leaders.

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    • There is nothing unfortunate here. This just one unreasonable smear campaign. It will not work. How much is one new fire tender machine?

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  11. You can not justify corruption. We have a full minister, probably 2 deputy ministers and a PS whose appointment is politically motivated, so what is bwana Vincent talking about. Ba Vincent you looked special but money has corrupted you as well.

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  12. Just seeing the name Bokani Soko makes me convinced that there is clear case of grand corruption here. Soko is a young lawyer who only yesterday was scrounging for drinks and traveling by minibus. Overnight, he has become a multimillionaire with ownership of Courtyard Hotels in Livingstone in Lusaka and taking a controlling interest in Lusaka Dynamos football club, and owning countless other real estate properties in Lusaka and beyond! I smell a rat!

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  13. I’m PF but guys you can’t purchase 1 vehicle at a cost of $1milion tefitu.Takwaba!!What’s there on that machine?iwe ba PF please twapapata.We don’t want this country to be led by selfish individuals.Have mercy for Zambias who are taxed heavily.We now paying toll gets everywhere,electricity high,road tax and fuel high.salaries are heavily taxed.what are zambians going to get webantu.please ba lungu u can’t procure vehicles at that cost.Those trucks were bought in south africa and it’s impossible to buy a a fire truck at $1million.I’m worried.

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    • When we were telling you this you were laughing and calling us jealous UPND caders…….just keep on with you support for grand corruption.

      You can not love the preacher but hate his preaching………

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  14. This government is corrupt, but what do you expect when RB is their godfather? Corruption is what RB and Dora Sility believe in and you are surprised when what was condemned in MMD is exactly what is happening in the new PF? Nubian Princess and all the other party sycophants are ok with this rotten PF which is very different from the original one.

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  15. If what we are reading about this procurement of fire tenders is true, my God my God we are headed for trouble!! I also could not believe that a fire engine could cost $1m as much as I know very well that fire engines cost a lot money

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  16. Just look at the silence from the usual PF kaponya rats on LT…..when we tell Zambians that theses people are in it to loot , steal and get rich on the backs of suffering Zambians this is what we mean…….just the silence of lungu to all these corruption allegations and the PF kaponyas dancing says they all know….

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  17. this is were opposition need to hold government accountable. in light of other bidders in this scandal action should be taken by the ACC. We cannot afford such day light robbery.

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    • Which “opposition” are you talking about? The one the corrupt Dictator ordered his PFolice to attack in their homes and throw in jail on trumped up charges?

      Or the “opposition” free press like the Post that Lungu ordered closed down on a flimsy excuse of not having paid taxes when Times and Daily Mail are owing millions more?

      Wake up to reality! LUNGU has killed all opposition in Zambia. And is now free to STEAL in broad daylight knowing that anyone that complains can be JAILED due to State of Emergency!

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    • You reap what you sow and us Zambians we supported them all the way to the extent of harassing those who are supposed to speak for us. Now time for reaping is just starting. Hope fellow zambians we learn something from what i call stuipiditness.

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    • There is nothing holding Government accountable here. Check the books, they show everything in black and white.
      Only Government taking care of it’s citizens through standard quenching infernos. People torching markets are running defeated and scared. Just a form of character assassination, defamation of character, dragging one’s name through the mud, Negative campaign.
      Just how much is one new fire tender machine? If you have evidence of misappropriation of funds book it with the ACC otherwise, you are talking from without and no where.

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    • Thorn in the flesh….

      The tender of $19 million that was rejected would have bought the same trucks…..ati take to ACC ? , what did ACC do when a Chinese man reported the kaizer Zulu took $200,000 from him to arrange to meet lungu ?? Lungu stoped the investigation……..

      And since you know so much , why was a $19 million tender rejected for the same trucks in preference for a 42 million one ??

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    • 20.4 flag Spaka like lilo
      Calm down and take a deep breath.
      Now that you are lost in your own world of emotions, what are you gonna do?
      Try the courts if you can handle your own nolle or an incessant lawsuit. It is sad to judge that you’re clueless on your next course of action. Take care before you burst outa your body with Hypertension. I don’t like clueless individuals making wild allegations and stirring up my enzymes for a non-existent potential lawsuit but never acting. Shouldn’t someone be going done for this. Poor clueless alarmists!

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    • Thorn in

      That is the point, there is nowhere to report abuse of public funds to, all insitutions are compromised by lungu….and the HH nolie was forced on lungu, he had no case against HH and was facing western sanctions…..

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    • I can’t pretend not be concerned with your feelings. But staying in the corner of this podium is the waste kinda’ a nationalist can assume. Tell you what? You cannot push for flesh elections but REFORMS.

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  18. Lesa wandi twafweni twapapata this is highly in human.
    Not even the devil himself can be this irresponsible. who ever who is behind this must know that he will be arrested for this and sooner than he thinks.
    we can fooled but we are not foolish.

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  19. Fire trucks are quite expensive especially if they are modern and have sophisticated equipment. I hope abena Soko are not just bringing in used old fire trucks which is usually the case with such deals just to rip off the payer. On the other hand, Vincent Mwale is lying to the nation that cabinet was not involved in the awarding of the contract. Such huge amounts of money cannot be just spent without cabinet involvement. But in Zambian anything is possible kaili we are gullible and we leave everything in the hands of the our Lord!

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    • You are the son of the land. When you say fire truck can be expensive, are you sure they can gobble a cool $1,000,000=00? Enlighten me? Just how much is the highest tag on the so called “Brand New Fire Tender”? Gimme the site if have one so I can check with my eyes.

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  20. PLEASE BA PF, YOU ARE HIGHLY DISAPPOINTING THE NATION AND THE MEMBERS FOR SELFLY EXPOSING YOURSELVES IN THIS MANNER. HONESTLY, I DID MY OWN CALCULATION AS AN ACCOUNTANT FOR THE SAME FIRE ENGINES FOR EACH AND I QUESTINED MYSELF AS TO HOW? COULD THESE BE STATE OF THE ART EQUIPMENT? I SAW THIS COMING AND THIS TIME NO SACRED COWS SHOLD EXIST. MY PLEA TO INVESTIGATIVE WINGS IS AUDIT PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF ANY SUSPECTED TO BE PART OF THIS FROM THE DATE A TENDER WAS OFFERED TO DATE AND I CAN ASSURE YOU SOMETHING WILL COME OUT, BELIEVE ME.

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    • You people, lungu can not allowe any investigations into corruption, which part of that don’t you understand ? It is bussiness as usual for PF, dog eats dog, wako ni wako, let’s see who gets the richest…. ……

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    • There is nothing disappointing here!
      Only Government taking care of it’s citizens through standard quenching infernos. People torching markets are running defeated and scared. Just a form of character assassination, defamation of character, dragging one’s name through the mud, Negative campaign.
      Just how much is one new fire tender machine? If you have evidence of misappropriation of funds book it with the ACC otherwise, you are talking from without and no where.

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    • Spaka like lilo
      Imagine the brother cant smell the coffee. calling for investigations from this government is useless.Right now the investigative wings are busy monitoring you and i as we blog with a view to arresting us for complainig whilst the culprits enjoy themselves.Sad byt such leadership style is not sustainable even the pipo they set on us are Zambians.

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    • 22.3 flag mailon
      So what are you gonna do in the situation?
      When some elements in society are abusing national resources, true nations and nationals don’t just sit mumble and do nothing. If current institutions are failing, call for reforms. That is why you run to the streets to vent your anger. God damn it, you’re blo.o.dy clueless. and your quiet approach to all these happenings is so dangerous. Zambia does not need folks like you. Call for reforms if you don’t like the ACC or the Courts. Else you are just bitter lots. Not helpful at all at all. Some Zambian’s have found social media as a way to vent their hopelessness. Facebook, LT, Twitter, Watchdog is on fire with clueless folks.

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    • Your last comment makes me call you a coward. You are not formed enough to take ECL to task. Those are not complete checks and balances. You run in the corner and claim Zambians are docile. You are the most docile clueless ranters Mother Zambia has ever seen. You don’t take up arms to battle Government. Be strong like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Take on politicians with an youthful voice through legally biding channels of communication. This online business will not help your grandma at the village. Hopeless and hurting Zambian youth, so clueless. No wonder politician intoxicate your brains during elections. Your brains are rattled.

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  21. You can not claim to hate the crime but love the criminal…..when some of us speak against lungu, this is what we mean.

    His silence on all allegations of corruption are an admission of guilt……when accountability returns to zambia lungu will be found to be the most corrupt leader in Zambia ever.

    The extent of his corruption will in the future lay the foundations for barring of anyone with convictable offences for running for higher office…..you can not put a crook in charge of national coffers….

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    • You insulted ECL on this podium since you learnt keyboard typing. You rant all your online life. ECL doesn’t seem to get it because your forum is repulsive and dumb. You don’t engage in meaningful meetings with your head of state. You think HH is a Messiah? No president will put food on the table. Are you gonna fold your arms and do nothing? Hurry! Engage your teethless MPs and make meaningful contribution to mother Zambia. Insults will not take you an inch anywhere. Misplaced priorities. You youths are the biggest crooks Zambia has ever seen. You drink your lungs out begging for morsel of bread from your masters.

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  22. Bring up Criminal charges on all those controlling officers who handled this procurement! Only then shall we know whose instruction it was to award such a fraudulent tender.
    My greatest disappointment in our so called Zambian professionals is regardless of their education, they still follow the instructions of politicians who dumps them when the situation gets heated up. Where are the ethics in these professionals?? The politicians will never ‘steal’ what you have in your heads, stand for the truth and you can work anywhere on this earth!!

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  23. 1.We need the specifications of these trucks.
    2.We also need to get a quote of the same trucks from the manufacturer in the year 2015
    3.Who are the other bidders what was there quote.
    4.What evaluation criteria did they use for the tender.
    5.Did the company have a Manufacturers authorization.
    6.We have a company dealing in Scania in Zambia ,why did they not supply.
    7.What experience does this company have on scanias.
    8.Why did the Government award a contract in $ dollars ,I thought this had stopped.
    9. A Scania of this type is less than $350,000.00

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    • For sure but what supprises is that cabinet was not involved. Mmmm bane iyi yena corruption yacilamo. This is too big with the current problems the country is facing. With high taxes zesco fuel yet we leave some individual to steal with impunity.

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    • Liar!
      $350, 000 is K3,359,804.94, what the heck are ranting about. Wrong information, immerse ignorance!

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    • Dual Citizen DC
      How Mwale can say that is worrying,maybe it is true PF Cabinet only discusses how to contract loans.When you think of the extent of their mandate and all Mwale can remember is contraction of loans it is worrying.

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  24. There is no way each of those trucks can go for $1Million, they don’t even look new. If you investigate this further you find out they are some refurbished rejects.

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  25. You can’t allow a convicted thief to a president of a country. For sure we have gotten what we wanted.

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    • We did not “allow” this convicted thief to be the president of our country. Have you already forgotten?

      HE STOLE THE ELECTION! Why do you think the PETITION has not been heard?

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  26. Wow!!! This is top class and open corruption by “President” Lungu himself.. This guy stinks of corruption from head to bottom.. Jail is definitely waiting for Lungu and his minions.

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    • There is nothing top class and open corruption by “President” Lungu himself here. Quack Quack Quack you go.
      Only Government taking care of it’s citizens through standard quenching infernos. People torching markets are running defeated and scared. Just a form of character assassination, defamation of character, dragging one’s name through the mud, Negative campaign.
      Just how much is one new fire tender machine? If you have evidence of misappropriation of funds book it with the ACC otherwise, you are talking from without and no where.

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  27. Let each province go its way. Sick and tired of criminals and tribalists ruining public institutions. We want progress and it cannot be achieved sharing the same country with some ethnicities who are congenital criminals, thugs and incompetents.

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  28. This is not funny PF thieves so what you saying is that a single engine fire truck costs one million dollars…?.what kind of bull is this, enough is enough….you are stealing right befor our eyes…

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  29. Simple and straightforward to investigate. Just request for the supplier’s invoices. If they’re inflated report the company to the EU commission and they will be sorted out on our behalf. I don’t trust our ACC to handle such a scandal that probably is linked to Lungu through his business associates.

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  30. So nice to see so many Zambian flagged bloggers for a change up in arms against this stinky tender. Are they now beginning to open their eyes to the reality of the corrupt and failed PF Lungu led government. Hold tight. This is just one of them corrupt tenders. There are many more that will shake the foundation of our nation.

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  31. So, Bokani Soko knew ECL before he became president, how does that justify the allegations of corruption??? Bokani is a Zambian businessman, what is wrong with him soliciting business from his government??? The Ammended Constitution of 2016 provides for a PUBLIC PROTECTOR, why haven’t the accusers used this route than rushing to the media to publicise the matter??? THE PROBLEM IS WE ARE CONDITIONED TO THE POST NEWSPAPER/TASK FORCE METHOD OF ATTACKING INDIVIDUALS RATHER THAN INSTITUTIONALISING THESE CARDINAL NATIONAL MATTERS!!!
    Mr Mwale disclosed that all procurements are handled by Permanent Secretaries up to a certain threshold and those beyond thresholds are referred to the Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA).

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    • @Brabus: My take is that this matter should be channeled to the right authorities who can set up a proper investigation. What is the job of the Public Protector?? How do you rush to call someone a thief before you can prove anything????

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    • Ba Zambian citizen, the question is what do you think about the numbers? The highest tender was $19m yet the contract was awarded at $42m?? We dont have to wait for the matter to be looked at by the public prosecutor, as youve put it before seeing that theres something amiss! I am not UPND but mmm guys…We have a duty to our Children, we cant go back to the Chiluba era Zamtroop account all over again

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    • @Arms Folded: I am not a fire expert and neither are you!! Therefore, it wouldn’t be in order for us to discuss figures. That is why a thorough investigation by the appropriate institution, The Office of The Public Protector is what can clarify this matter. THAT IS WHAT DEMOCRACY IS ALL ABOUT, NOT CRUCIFICTION BY SLANDER, SPECULATION AND BIASED MEDIA.
      FYI, those funds found in the ZAMTROP account couldn’t convict Frederick Chiluba as it is constitutional for any president to use the account for personal funds received like donations as long as it is audited and justified by the Auditor General-A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME BY THOSE NCHITO HYENAS!!!

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    • Defending corruption is difficult because it leaves trails. When you find someone stealing maize in the field you dont wait for the courts to pronounce someone a thief. You definitely shout that the person is a thief because something is visible.

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  32. This is very troubling.. The question is:- Why is it that NO ONE in Lungu’s PF Govt has RESIGNED on MORAL grounds thus far? Not one. Nothing. Zero. How come? Why?
    Levy Mwanawasa resigned from MMD-Govt on moral grounds, and we all know the story. Does it mean that what he witnessed in Chiluba’s MMD Govt was worse than what is happening now in Lungu’s PF Govt? Or is Lungu’s PF Govt full of men and women WITHOUT morals, WITHOUT integrity? How do these men and women sleep at night? And to add salt to injury, instead of resigning, this Local Government and Housing Minister Vincent Mwale is attempting to SHIELD government?? What is this?
    As for Zambians at large, I wonder what percentage of Zambians are truly aware that their children and children’s children, are being deliberately robbed…

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    • Cont’d….. robbed.
      So, do we now need a special commonwealth envoy to conduct Tender procurement for mother Zambia?.

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    • There you go, contradicting yourself!!! The 1di.i.o.t. who brought up this accusation is Kambwili. What you should be asking yourself is why didn’t he resign from PF on moral grounds?? Instead he rushed to court to block his expulsion. Integrity indeed?? Then the same person starts accusing the same govt. of corruption, yet he refuses to leave it??? And you expect this Fire Tender story to have integrity????

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    • @35.2-Zambian citizen,
      Please read and understand before you rush to type. My question is very clear:- “Why is it that no one in Lungu’s PF Govt has resigned on moral grounds THUS FAR?”.

      Now which part of this question DON’T YOU still understand and think is contradictory? Or are you an accomplice in this grand-theft tender and trying to change the subject?

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    • @35.2-Zambian citizen,…
      Please read and understand before you rush to type. My question is very clear:- “Why is it that no one in Lungu’s PF Govt has resigned on moral grounds THUS FAR?”.

      Now which part of this question DON’T YOU still understand and think is contradictory? Or are you an accomplice in this grand-theft tender and trying to change the subject?

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    • @Brabus: Why would you resign based on social media speculation and a disgruntled politician who accuses the same govt. of corruption yet refuses to leave it??????

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    • There is nothing troubling here. Only nerves in your brain high way sick about Government performance.
      This is only Government taking care of it’s citizens through standard quenching infernos. People torching markets are running defeated and scared. Just a form of character assassination, defamation of character, dragging one’s name through the mud, Negative campaign.
      Just how much is one new fire tender machine? If you have evidence of misappropriation of funds book it with the ACC otherwise, you are talking from without and no where.

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    • @Zambian citizen,
      I see you now understand and agree there is NO contradiction in my question. Good.

      Now, next step:-Rather than trying to hide behind the whistle blower’s tactics, what’s your answer to my question? Nothing? Or do you agree Lungu’s PF Govt is full of men and women WITHOUT morals, WITHOUT integrity? They are robbing your children and mine. our children, and our children’s children, are they not?

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    • Ka respect ba Zambian citizen kalafwaikwa, he is not an idiiot he is Dr. Kambwili. It seems it has pained you more to the extent of insults. May be you are one of them tell us. The way you are coming out i smell a rat.

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    • @35.9 flag BRABUS
      Be strong and debate like a man. You were not born to insult elders. Ignorance is no defense policemen claim. This issue is straightforward. The rule of law is like a barometer to all our behavioral morals and deeds. How dare you sit in there stating falsehood and expect be to just agree with your nons(ence). You have the Mushipes of this world full of legal rage. Kindly organise and prosecute this claim. Don’t be a gullible name calling sissy.

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  33. Still One million united states dollars $1Million is alot of money. The presidential jet which his Excellence the President of the Republic of Zambia Edgar Chagwa Lungu uses only costs U $700 000 Seven hundred thousand united states dollars and the private Jet owned by 50cents costs US $1Million . Eish money in Zambia

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  34. Abantu baleyiba zoona.they say go and pay amnesty taxes if you dont pay will posses your properties.then you pay later on the money is stolen.GOD help us from the evil ones.

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  35. Shocking that they can spend US$1 million per Truck. Only in Zambia.
    Despite public out cry, ACC is quite

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    • There is nothing shocking here. If you have evidence formalise investigations. You are a perfect whistle blower.
      I think Government is taking care of it’s citizens through standard quenching infernos. People torching markets are running defeated and scared. Just a form of character assassination, defamation of character, dragging one’s name through the mud, Negative campaign.
      Just how much is one new fire tender machine in your brain? If you have evidence of misappropriation of funds book it with the ACC otherwise, you are talking from without and no where.

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    • Thorn in the flesh

      Tell us what happened when the Chinese man reported kaizer Zulu to ACC for taking $200,000 from him to arrange a meeting with lungu ?? Lungu stoped the investigation.

      So what makes you think lungu will not stop this investigation ?

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    • So then what is the fuss about? If you have lawyers gather the information and prosecute. Call this case a 42FireTenderGate scandle. See, Spaka like lilo, just making noise on this forum isn’t gonna help matters. My plea is if you guys have information and the case is strong against ECL and group, take that step instead of sounding clueless like Savior and Kambwili. Daily nation’s Richard Mwanza kissed the penitentiary for wrong doing. If ECL can’t be touched now, let Charles K Chisanga or Mwale go down for it. That is the way to stop corrupt individuals. If you wait until 2021, we will soon forget about it. So I ask you again what is the fuss about if what you specialise in is rant, rant and more rant?

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  36. Really scandalous… the level and amount of thieving and stealing in this PF government is out of this world. They really have no shame whatsoever. This is how Lungu became rich instantly, using his proxy companies set up by his close friends and relatives. US $1 000 000 (1 million United States Dollars) per 1 truck… wow! Just WOW! They are not even scared that people will find out sooner or later.

    But what is even more shocking is that this will pass like water under the bridge without heads rolling… why? Because this chief thief himself is Lungu. if they can steal this much with impunity, what could stop them from stealing votes? What a rotten country and what a rotten culture of stealing from our friends who hail from the north and east of the country… to them this is normal!…

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    • It turns out that there is nothing really scandalous here.
      Only Government taking care of it’s citizens through standard quenching infernos. People torching markets are running defeated and scared. Just a form of character assassination, defamation of character, dragging one’s name through the mud, Negative campaign.
      Just how much is one new fire tender machine in your brain? If you have evidence of misappropriation of funds book it with the ACC otherwise, you are talking from without and no where.

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    • Thorn in the flesh

      Tell us what happened when the Chinese man reported kaizer Zulu to ACC for taking $200,000 from him to arrange a meeting with lungu ?? Lungu stoped the investigation.

      So what makes you think lungu will not stop this investigation ?

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    • The maizegate scandle had some ministers prosecuted in Malawi but in Zambia the minister is is still in office? what does that tell you?

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    • 39.3 flag Ken
      Urgently call for targeted institutional reforms.
      Right now you leave me with no option but call you cowards of the century who find solace in online mumble jumble. Clueless gullible ranters. You say you can’t go on the physical podium but hide in cyberspace and utter unprintable. Remove the online scales/masks and stand visible. Now that is a man.
      To much politics pa Zambia, Tefintu.

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  37. If we had independent police and ACCC they would have been quickly on the issue and traced the movement of the cash to find who benefited from this scandal. Problem is the beneficiary is the president himself who appoints their bosses and we know in Zambia these cops are the #1 cadres.

    And this Mwale guy what is trying to say? Is he trying to justify that just because ZPPA was involved or not, doesn’t make this OK. It is still stinking stealing regardless of who was involved in procurement. ZPPA is a government agency that is controlled by Lungu and his thieving minions.

    And you thought the US$ 1 Billion road was a scandal, along comes this one to top it up… and what happened to the Malawi Maize scandal? And this is just the tip of the iceberg… there is a lot we don’t know…

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  38. Hahahahaa, I would walk naked if ever one bought 42 fire engines that are fully euipped. A fire ladder costs about 300k and now factor in a fully equipped engine. If those trucks are second hand, I would understand. 1million is the price. Buy it in America and u will be jusitfied.

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  39. Can someone on this fora tell us how much a firetruck of similar spec costs? perhaps we are jumping the gun and overlooking things like quality and specifications…kapena aya nima latest advanced what what

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  40. That said. Don’t just boil like aimless waters in the springs. If you have the balls, and you’re really sure you have the facts and evidence, I really really like you. Now tell us what you got. Tell it to the ACC in black & White. Clause by clause; Situation by situation. I don’t take kindly people ranking and running like headless chicken misleading the people that they have information they can’t prove. If you are scared of the ACC, hire private investigators are and prosecute. HH was taken to court on what you term flimsy grounds, so if you have evidence of the ECL malpractice in this ordeal, take that step. If you don’t , you are cowards who don’t understand how Government operates; this being the case, well then stfu.

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  41. My heart bleeds to see how public funds are looted.Surely how can you award 42 Fire Tenders at such an exorbitant price of USD.1,000,000.00 each, leaving out the top world class manufacturers of Fire Tenders offering USD.355,909.52 each? Can someone explain vividly how this can be justified? This is how the bidders featured:
    ONB No.MLGH/G/4/15 – PROCUREMENT OF 42 FIRE TENDERS
    No. BIDDER BID PRICE
    1 SINO UNIZAM USD.9,870,300.00
    2 SAVENDA MGT SERVICES LTD USD.19,919,781.00
    3 ALBION EXPORT SERVICES LTD USD.49,560,000.00
    4 VISHA SUPPLIER ZMK.38,411,963.94
    5 BUK TRUCK PARTS EUR.14,052,444.00
    6 HAB INTERNATIONAL EUR.12,799,500.00
    7 IVECO S.A PTY LTD USD.23,499,000.00
    8 NAFFCO USD.14,948,200.00
    9 ICONIC EUR.12,726,000.00
    10 HANDYMANS PARADISE EUR.21,630,546.00
    11 AUTO CARE LTD USD…

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  42. This is a good starting point for the opposition. These are reall issues and someone must payback the money. This case needs to be followed up. Why did Kambwili sit and not speak out then? what kind of politicians do we have in Zambia?

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  43. Just checking one brand new Diesel Electric Locomotive Engine costs range between US$1m to US$3m depending on the horse power…The highest horse power which ZRL has, if they were bought using this money they would have received 14 of them at the maximum cost of $3m each without a discount…So then it is possible that the Government can buy new Diesel Electric Locomotives if they managed to buy the fire tenders at that cost…Cost benefit analysis the country benefits more with the addition of new Locomotives to haul bulk cargo which is damaging the new roads constructed… This is not to say fire tenders are not important, they are…

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    • You’re the son of the land. I hear you! I would have loved a situation where you also enlightened me on the cost of one fire tender machine bro. I am sick and tired of reading unsubstantiated negative comments. Just how much is a new fire tender machine?
      Good point though!

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    • A new fire truck will cost up to $600,000 with speciality trucks going up to $1 M.

      $1.3 million for a basic Fire truck is daylight robbery…..

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    • 46.2 flag Spaka like lilo
      Iwe spaka, maybe we have specialty trucks here. Anything is possible. One thing I know is that it is preposterous for Govt to go for second hand trucks. CORRUPTION YOU SAY! This is the problem with politicians of all color, race and creed, kick backs in tender processes. Governments in waiting yearn for this. A justification of $1M a truck freight and tax included sounds huge. I still beg for a thorough investigation of the FIRETENDERTRUCKGATE scandle. I don’t make wild allegations, I need emotionless analysis and probe.

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  44. 15 december 2015 the unregistered company was given a Tender offer letter, 31 Dec 2015 the company registered with PACRA after being offered a tender letter Can someone help me am I reading this right?. Where is the opposition in our land. There is no need for insults or emotional reactions this case must be followed with the correct process. All cabinet ministers including Chishimba Kambwili at the time have to account for this.

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    • The opposition were being beaten and accused of starting fires at the time.

      I recall saying the timming of awarding that exhobitantly high tender seemed suspicious

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  45. Are these the same fire tenders tasila lungu and gang went for to the USA with a chartered plane to negotiate for. I thought they were giving us for free.
    WTF they look like 1990’s model and second hand. By the end of one year none will be running.

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  46. Lets PF leaders work in peace!!!
    Noise making wont win you any votes ba upnd!!
    Come 2021 ni PF nafuti nafuti.

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  47. @Thorn in the flesh,
    Had you taken the effort to Google or Bing BEFORE typing your comment, you would NOT have said what you just said on this subject. As it is, you have not said anything of substance. You want to be spoon-fed with info which is available online? Bushe bwaiche nangu bukopo? How old are you?
    As a tax payer in UK who funds the loans mother Zambia gets from here, I find this dubious tender troubling. As a parent whose children, nieces and nephews are being robbed and burdened by a huge debt by Lungu’s PF Govt, I find this dubious tender troubling. As a qualified Mechanical Engineer with years of experience in procurement of high-value machinery (Mobile and fixed Plant) for the Zambian Mining industry, I find this dubious tender even more troubling.
    Next time do yourself…

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    • Cont’d … Next time do yourself a favour, instead of Ad hominem and trying to change the subject, grow up and google before you comment.

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    • Young man, I reckon you’re just an operator engineer. You Zambian Engineers are the du.m.best mother earth has ever seen. You speak like you are learned yet the most d.u.ll individuals at the mercy of politicians. Check this out: Next month is Zambia’s 53rd Independence yet you can’t make any home blend of a machine to write home about. Take a good look at yourself, you’re so du.m.b that you can’t make roads, bridges, skyscrapers, boats, ships, mosquito nets, Marches, soccer balls, brooms, feeder roads, computers. Da.mn! you’re wi.ck.edly mis.e.rable engineers who are de.s.perate to the core. The last time I checked your specialty is in making cheap biscuits and drinks. Take a deep look at how Zambia yearns for true engineers. You go to Universities but end up presenting assisted projects.

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    • So anyways, “Educated 50 BRABUS” Whoops! I am humbled! Don’t get screwed here though. I am a regular you know? You are not making sense at all at all! What’s the point of being p!ssed off and yet do nothing. If you smell a huge rat outa mere LT report, kindly show us the way. Stop the rooting soberly. Ati take on this issue legally. Else, next time don’t get wired over a mere LT story here. Engineers reduced to operators. It is engineers like you and the rest in Zambia that we have not developed. Our cities lack glamour because of your qualifications on paper degrees which do not translate into anything down the line of 53 years of independence. Procurement officers and accountants, politicians and traffic police are the most corrupt in that order. Don’t gimme crap! Gimme a break!

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    • @51.2, 51.3 Thorn in the flesh,

      This proves what I said earlier. The fact that you have chosen to use ad hominem in your responses in such a childish manner, instead of debating on point, speaks volumes about your level of maturing and lack of capacity. This is proof that iwe ulichikopo and uli mwaice. As simple as that. Period.

      Definition of Ad hominem:- ‘An attack upon an opponent in order to discredit their argument or opinion. Ad hominems are used by immature and/or unintelligent people because they are unable to counter their opponent using logic and intelligence’. -Urban Dictionary.

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  48. I agree that the Minister was not involved in the procurement process but he was certainly involved in the decision-making process. That’s where politicians end, at decision-making level. The procurement process is handled by the controlling officers(PSs).Remember the hearses saga involving the same Ministry of local government??

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  49. How much does a firefighter truck cost?
    7 Answers
    Timothy O. Casey
    Timothy O. Casey, Firefighter/Alcoholic/Comedian/Author
    Answered Oct 15 2014 · Upvoted by Dave Chapman, Professional Fire Fighter/Paramedic, 27 years experience
    The short answer is depends on the truck. The three most common fire trucks would be a pumper/engine truck, a ladder truck, and a wildland truck of some sort. Specialty trucks like a heavy rescue or hazmat truck would be common also. There are two costs with fire apparatus, the cost of the vehicle and the cost of the equipment that truck carries.

    So a fire engine depending on class could be under $1000,000, whereas a ladder truck could cost up to $300,000 and that is with both trucks unequipped. Adding equipment from basics like hoses to hydraulic…

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    • @52 flag jocyline
      Does that estimate include freight + tax charge pay truck?
      Some kids here are just YELLING. God have mercy.

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  50. Torna in the Bush, the fact of the matter is that you can’t buy a fire truco I saw on TV for 1million dollars. Thst’s huge money my friendo. The presidential Jet his excellence Edgar C Lungu uses only costs $700 000. The one Bushiri owns costs $750 000. The one owned by 50Cents costs $1million. Maybe those fire tenders costs US $150 000 each. Whoever was awarded the tender bought fire tenders for $80 000 and sold to our goverment for $1million. Thats why we Will never ever develop

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  51. It is disgusting that any well meaning Zambian would support support immorality..These guys have become so much drunk with power that they can not see any wrong doing is us transactions. As country we are totally lost. Even the main opposition parties are quite on such matters because they will do exactly the same if they came into power. I am not a funny of Chishimba Kambwili but he is highly serious issues. We need to fight this DISEASE!!!!

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  52. Who has held a dictator to account while raping and looting a country?. A dictator only accounts for his misrule only when he is in jail like Charles Taylor of Liberia. Dictator always flee out after their defeat or coup de tar in those days gone by. These days they die in exile as Mobutu did or hide in a foreign country as Yay Ya Jamey of Gambia is and Hissan Habre in prison. Lungu will pick one of these options.

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  53. Grand theft, day light robbery.
    Do you see why Lungu has been brutal with the opposition?
    He has a lot to loose when he leaves office, he knows he’s destined for Prison.

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  54. Since the company owner is a friend to Mr. Lungu then clearly Mr. Lungu is involved. The question is doesn’t he realize that such deals will backfire? Yet he says he wants to improve the livelihood of Zambians where does this place him? Can he tell the nation what is happening otherwise he will suffer much worse than late Mr. Chiluba or is he trying to become like Syria’s Assad? Sir give us answers or we are done with you.

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  55. Let us do this properly. We do not want another “nolle” s#!t.
    Let us hear it all and PUNISH the perpetrators (Soko), ring leaders (ECL) and all beneficiaries (Procurement Officers, Ministers and Kambwili).
    This is not PF, this is not UPND, these are thieves. Call for justice now!
    Simple.
    MUST DO.
    MUST DO.

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  56. Its things like these that make me feel so enraged about who we are as a people in Africa. How does one expect to lie to the all nation, in these day and age when even a grade one child with a computer can give you a prize of the Scania fire truck on the click of a button if you give it the specification. The ones that cost over a million are the long tillered ones that has two drivers. The rest are in tens and hundres of thousands of US Dollars.

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  57. If you are one of the following people you are not expected to bid for any government tender:
    1. Relative or friend of President Lungu and his Cabinet
    2. Relative or friend of president under5 and his shadow cabinet
    3. Member od PF
    4. Member of U.PNDonkeys

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  58. Why are we complaining? Lungu’s licence as a lawyer was revoked for embezzling a window and now you decided to give him a blank cheque by propping him into the highest position in the land. This is self inflicted punishment.

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  59. We knew back in 2011 that these PF murtherfvkers were just pretenders and corrupt as the devil.Now here’s the evidence.

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