President Lungu must suspend Kampyongo as Minister- Chipenzi

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Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo
Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo

Governance activist Macdonald Chipenzi has called on President Edgar Lungu to immediately suspend Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo to pave way for investigations over the alleged receipt of three motor vehicle as alleged and disclosed by Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili.

Mr Chipenzi said President Lungu, this time around must rise to the occasion in the fight against corruption and allow, if not directing, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to probe Mr. Kampyongo over allegations levelled against him by Mr Kambwili.

He said the allegations that Mr. Kampyongo received three brand new motor vehicles from the company that was awarded a contract to procure 42 Fire trucks at a cost of US$1million each for Zambia were very serious to be treated with kid gloves by President Lungu.

He said President Lungu should with immediate effect suspend Mr. Kampyongo from discharging his duties as Minister until investigations on the allegations are over and cleared.

Mr Chipenzi said this is so because all investigative wings fall under his ministry and their independence to carry out thorough investigations and convincing conclusions under his supervision is humanly impossible.

“As a serving minister, he may be tempted to interfere with the witnesses, including the whistleblower, Mr. Kambwili and thereby undermine the investigations,” he said.

He added, “The promptness with which the president will act on this matter would complement his earlier statement that he was not corrupt and did not condone and defend corrupt elements in his government.”

He said the nation will be waiting to see what action the president will met on Mr. Kampyongo over the serious allegations of bribery or corruption on him.

Mr Chipenzi added that President Lungu’s action will either pour scorn on the fight against corruption or confidence in the fight.

“If indeed Mr. Kampyongo is clean, he must not sit back but take legal action against Mr. Kambwili, the accuser, because there was no way he can just sweep such serious allegations under the carpet.”

64 COMMENTS

    • +73
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      Press Green if you agree Kampyongo stays!

      Chpenzi is a lemon.

      The Home Affairs Minister is one of the MOST respected, hardworking Minister that the country has approved of.

      Thanks

      BB2014.2016

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      Do you think Lungu even knows about this allegation? He is FAR TOO BUSY enjoying another party and drinking his Jamesoni in Angola to be concerned about CORRUPTION.

      If there is any investigation it should FIRST be how Kampyongo ACTUALLY endangered the lives of people in a helicopter by throwing stones and setting fire to an area it was trying to land!

      If someone not even driving a car can be arrested for a traffic offense and charged for TREASON, how much worse is someone irrefutably and undeniably trying to kill someone? This man is GUILTY of ATTEMPTED MURDER. When is he going to be arrested and charged for this? A Trial is REQUIRED!

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      Only in Zambia!

      Where a person that has committed criminal acts is appointed a Government Minister in a Ministry that is in charge of the Police and should be investigating his criminal behavior!!!

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      Lungu does not want to go that road. To have Kampyongo and Kambwili change their tone against Lungu at the same tome will be siucidal for Lungu. It will be like a tone of bricks collapsing on Lungu if he fired Kamptongo the way he fired Kambwili.

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      PF government are full of what we call in Bemba “utufifi”.

      Firstly, this cadre minister eats from the same pot as Jonathan – so no action will be taken.

      Secondly, the amount of money pocketed during this transaction of old fire trucks is the real problem…

      Can someone follow the money trail?

      Where are those anonymous hackers or wiki leaks when you need them?

      The only thing for sure is Jonathan had a hand in those dubious transactions.

      Therefore, cadre kaponya stays as minister..more money in THER pockets!!!

      Makes me sick!!!!

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      It seems people in Zambia don’t ever learn anything and the main reason corrupt govt after another takes advantage of this docility. Does Chipenzi really believe lungu is ignorant of the corruption involved in the trucks? Since when in Zambia’s long history of corrupt governance was the president not aware of the deals perpetrated by his henchmen? Chipenzi mustn’t forget that lungu himself is a convicted thief. How could he possibly penalise his accomplices? Not possible!

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      I have serious doubt anything will happen to Kampyongo. Kampyongo, just like SG Mwila, is Lungu’s informer. It is also like telling Lungu to fire Kaizer Zulu the former office orderly of Chelstone Clinic. Lungu knows that Kampyongo, Mwila and Zulu are political liabilities but he still keeps them because he uses them to do dirty political jobs for him. If it was late Sata or Mwanawasa we could probably have expected some action.

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    upnd cadre turned civil activist advising the president??? hmmm…I wouldn’t really take advice coming from such a source very seriously. Infact the onus would be on Kambwili to prove his allegations. Chipenzi may mean well, but his track record doesn’t (FODEP director who issued a statement without a board resolution, applying to stand on upnd parliamentary ticket while at FODEP, jumping back into civil society and trying to act neutral but is a upnd supporter…)

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      So in your tiny brained logic, if a UPND cadre tells you your family member is being beaten up by criminals down the road, you will not believe him coz he is UPND even if you hear your family member screaming until your fellow !d!ot from PF comes to tell you? The dullness of PF cadres, which I should be used to by now, still shocks me. An issue has been raised, you rush to give the life history of the person raising the issue instead of commenting on the actual issue raised. Very very dull.

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      What a s.t.u.p1d example!!! This requires the accuser to prove his allegations, right?? How can the president or even courts act on speculations??? Kambwili has raised an issue, it is up to him to prove his allegations before anyone takes any action. FYI, a source of an allegation or issue raised matters, even in court. That is why even Judges declare interest in cases if need arises. If the parties supporting the accuser show biasness, the credibility of that party is questionable and discarded, right???

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      Yes, thats what you were supposed to argue in the first place. Don’t attack the personality of the accuser, argue based on what he is saying. Good that you have learned something today. Now go teach your playmate Terrible coz I think he suffers from the same problem as yowaself 🙂 Now to your argument, what dull Lungu or the toothless ACC were immediately supposed to do is to institute investigations based on Kambwili’s accusations. Since nothing like that can ever happen, patriotic citizens like Chipenzi have no choice but to make such pleas to an extremely corrupt president.

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      Look, the fact that you have a prejudiced and spiteful opinion of the president already proves that your understanding of governance is skewed. How does the ACC just stand up and start investigating Kampyongo based on publications by the mast newspaper and other social media outlets?? Mwanawasa and his Nchito hyenas were advised by the late Mukelabai Mukelabai that the cases they wanted to pursue lacked strong evidence and merit. What happened $100m and 8 years later?? ABSOLUTE RUBBISH!!! No meaningful convictions!!! So your tantrums and malevolent approach will yield nothing, just another waste of national resources and confusion for our future generations. Do more research before you comment!!!

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      Chipenzi is a UPND cadre. That is why he was fired by Fred Mmembe at the late Post Newspapers.

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      Zambian Citizen; do you condone corruption? then you must be a receiptian of the proceeds of corruption also.

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    hahahaha, Chipenzi there is more chance of a goat giving birth to an elephant with a rainbow coloured Trunk than Lungu acting on corruption. Stop wasting your breath Chipenzi. Best you can hope for is Lungu losing power and have his immunity lifted chapwa.

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      …and how will the perpetual lifting of previous presidents’ immunity help future generations in the fight against corruption?? It will be a reccuring theme that will have no end. Even if hh came to power, those that succeed him will do the same!!! Each group that comes to power will dupe the population by going after their predecessors and claim they are fighting corruption. WHAT WE NEED IS TO STRENGTHEN OUR INSTITUTIONS…not personalise the process by using power to target and fix those we don’t like. INDEPENDENT INSTITUTIONS ROOTED IN OUR CONSTITUTION IS WHAT WILL WIN US AND OUR CHILDREN THE CORRUPTION FIGHT.

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      It will help in HH knowing that he will be prosecuted… in fact the constitution should do away with immunity the moment a president leaves office… why do you need immunity if you have not committed a crime?

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      No, No. The USA and Europe, the oldest examples of democracy don’t do that!! That’s why USA has organisations like FBI which has specially trained personnel to combat corruption. Wasn’t it the FBI who successfully investigated the republicans during Watergate and resulted in the impeachment of Richard Nixon??? I don’t remember the next democrat president, Jimmy Carter lifting Nixon’s immunity because he didn’t need to: THEY HAD THE NECESSARY AND EFFECTIVE INSTITUTIONS TO DO THAT!!!

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      Zambian Citizen, in your honest opinion, has PF strengthened these institutions you speak of? Take into consideration that the company that purchased the fire tenders currently being debated was incorporated in the same year that the tender was awarded in clear violation of the tender rules that state that for a company to be awarded such a large tender, it should have been in existence for at least three years with a proven track record.

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      Dudelove, you win the debate with Zambia Citizen. The Citizen has failed miserable to answer your questions. Citizen is a perfect example of that loud person that says nothing sensible. I am glad he is even attempting to debate you, hoping he will learn a thing or two…….

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      Zambian Citizen – It is very difficult to convince polarized hoodlums to understand how government works. Foolish Chipenzi wants the President to suspend Kampyongo based on an allegation – and some vuvuzela think that that is logical — my foot!!!!!

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      @abalima: Precisely my friend. That’s why I never bothered answering that dudelove character!!! His understanding of government is childish at the most!!!

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    EDGAR changed the constitution only civil servants can be prosecuted and not public servants.For your own information Ministers and the president are no longer civil servants but public servants and can not appear in court.Change the constitution for them to be prosecuted in future otherwise will cry over DUnuna reverse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    ECL should first and foremost fire ( suspend or relieve) Kampyongo and let the investigations begin. The situation demands that which needs to be done by the presidency. It has nothing to do with pressure from opposition. Zambians will talk about till they go to the polls 2021. Its best that both ECL and PF nip it in the bud if they still fancy to be in government after 2021.

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    In this corrupt deal zambia lost more than $20 million.

    If lungu does nothing, as I suspect will be the case, it is safe to assume his cut in this corruption was around $5 million.

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    What happened to appointing uncompromised independent tribunals in such cases?
    will this case also be thrown to the DPP who will object that only state prosecutors can handle this and not private lawyers? like the musumali’s contempt case which every one knows it was an inner circle type of prosecution and the case ended up futile.so to start with are the motor vehicles registered?or it’s mere speculation?

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    Chipenzi is not a Governance activist but a tonga and upnd cadre!!
    Back to the issue,there is no need for president Edgar Lungu to suspend Hon.Stephen Kapyongo over nonsense.Kambwili is just like Saviour Chishimba-they are noise makers whom Zambians must not take serious!!
    Hon.Kapyongo is doing a splendid job by caging violent upnd cadres and arrogant HH!!if Kapyongo is replaced by a soft Home Affairs minister,upnd cadres may cause a lot of troubles in Zambia,so we need a no nonsense Home Affairs minister like Hon.Kapyongo.CK and his friends can go to hell with their jealouse for senior PF officials!!

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      The saddest part in this story is that you even have relatives and friends suffering because of this corruption.. smh…

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      One reason I will never be a cadre of any political party is that no matter how educated one is,they tend to start suffering from mental loss and start seeing white even where it is clear that the colour is black. The debate is being done on party lines and not on the merits of the case at hand and this is clouding the thinking of the intelligentsia. I would rather be a patriot than a cadre. The difference is that a patriot supports the interests of the nation while a cadre supports the interests of the party hence their debate is hollow and shallow. Debate constructively so that people can learn something imwe bamambala!

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    ….if you do deals with your boss…and your boss is fully aware of it…your boss was in fore front to suggest that you be given a 2% while your boss gets 5% of the deal…what would your boss do when you get in trouble regarding the very deal….???…your guess is as good as mine…

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    THE CHAPS HAVE NOTHING TO CLING ON. THEY STARTED WITH STOLEN VOTES… IT HAS FAILED… THEN THEY SAID THEY WILL GO TO ICC…IT HAS FAILED….THEN THEY LIED THAT ECL IS NOT RECOGNIZED BY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY…THAT HAS FALLEN ON DEAF EARS……NOW THEY HAVE JUMPED TO FRIVOLOUS CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS…THAT TOO IS FAILING….KIKIKI….. PLEASE PREPARE FOR 2021 ELECTIONS. ECL WILL WALLOP YOU PANTS DOWN ONCE MORE. DUNUNA.

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    Awee iliko fire tender imozi 1 million dollars, 10 million kwacha rebased, old currency 10 billion kwacha imozi, elo chimunthu is still saying things are normal

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      @Michaele: A WATER BOWSER IS NOT THE SAME AS A FIRE TENDER. NOT EVERY TRUCK THAT CARRIES A TANK IS A FIRE TENDER. A SIMPLE INTERNET SEARCH WILL REVEAL THAT THERE IS A WHOLE RANGE OF PRICES DEPENDING ON WHAT YOU NEED FROM AS LOW AS 100,000USD TO 1.3 MILLION USD. MAY BE THE ARGUMENT SHOULD BE “WHY DID THE GOVERNMENT CHOOSE TO BUY THE EXPENSIVE FIRE TRUCKS LEAVING THE CHEAPER ONES ?” MY SEARCH ON INTERNET SHOWED THE FOLLOWING PRICE RANGES:

      Quick Attack Pumper (4X4 Pick-up Frame) – $120k – $200k
      Engine/Pumper Commercial Cab – $250k to $400k
      Engine Pumper Custom Cab – $350k – $700k
      Tender (Water Tanker) – $110k – $350k
      Rescue (No Pump, Commercial and Custom Cab) – $120k – $650k
      Ladder (With Pump, 50′ – 110′) – $500k – $1.3 million

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      Chisenga

      Stop lying……here is the price and type of truck they ordered, the shown truck is even of a higher spec than the ones in Zambia..

      Copy and paste …

      google.co.uk/amp/s/www.crawleyhappytimes.co.uk/new-state-of-the-art-fire-engine-for-crawley/amp/

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    @ Spaka like lilo
    YOU ARE THE ONE TELLING LIES. THAT IS AN INFERIOR, SECOND HAND SCANIA YOU ARE REFERRING TO.

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      Chisenga

      Any British fire brigade can never and will never buy a second-hand fire truck …….and that model is superior to the $1 million dollar Zambian trucks…

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      Extract from the link if you can not understand English.. .

      “Firefighting in Crawley has been boosted by the introduction of a new state of the art fire engine into its fleet.

      The high-tech P320-CP31 Scania, costing around £280,000, replaces an old Water Tender Ladder at Crawley Fire Station and is part of West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s on-going investment into upgrading its operational fleet.

      Crawley’s new appliance comes with cutting

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      Chisenga

      Hehehehe

      We’re does it say that is a second-hand truck ??
      You know when you are born a theif it seems stealing and defending theives comes as instinct.. ….

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    No suspension until reasonable evidence provided.

    It’s like that song, Ten Green Bottles, Standing On The wall(and if one green bottle should accidentally fall…..There’ll be……..standing; for the Opposition in Zambia.

    Toppling the cabinet one by one seems like a strategy to remove elected Party Members of Parliament. It’s like Treason by Stealth!

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      @Patriot Abroad

      “elected Party Members of Parliament” ?????

      You mean those thieves that rigged and stole an election?

      You are confusing THEFT and HONESTY. Not the same thing. We are still waiting for the PETITION to be HEARD! Then we will see who was really “elected” to Parliament!

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    I like Zambian citizen for his conviction and defending what he thinks is right. Equally like others who argue against using objective reasoning devoid of dehumanizing tantrums and insults. The use of insults and derogatory language is not good and does not compliment our integrity as Zambians. Having said that, let me also add my concerns and opinions on the current state of governance in the Country. Where ever there is an outcry or grievance, there must be a problem, perceived or actual. In our case from the 2016 elections even before that, one can say there is a problem especially with our institutions of governance in the country which have contributed to erosion of respect for the constitution upon which basic laws of the country are founded. I agree we need strong…

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    … I agree we need strong institutions but strong institutions do not serve African governments well and on their own, governments are more inclined not to have such for their own advantage. So everybody in the country has the right to challenge government to ensure that such is established for the benefit of all. Corruption is a malignant cancer and where it is perceived or seen to occur, it should be rooted out at once to stop it from spreading. But corruption can not root itself out just like a cancer, it requires decisive and most times painful interventions. In our case corruption allegations have been made from the top to the bottom of both government and party in government. Surely can the same government therefore ensure strong governance institutions and uphold…

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    … constitutionalism What has been the trend as regards prosecution of corruption from the constitutional bodies? How many times have we heard of executive interference in this regard? So where are the checks and balances and how do we root out this scourge. Let us look at ourselves critically, are we really doing justice to our country through our actions as citizens. Is the legislature being truthful in its role in ensuring that appropriate legislation is passed to safeguard Zambia. Is the judiciary really dispensing free, fair and equitable justice without fear or favor? Are the law enforcement agencies implementing their mandates fairly? These are hard questions we need to answer as a people to move forward. Inclusiveness, freedom and justice are an important ingredient of…

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    … development and without them we can never reach our full potential as a county. Those that are given the responsibility to rule and manage peoples resources, more is expected of them. Accountability and good governance above board is required and not an exception. Where it is seen to lack or being flouted, consequences must ensure. Can we say this is being done? The issue of lifting of presidential immunities is a consequence of this. And unless we clean house, it will continue. But do we have the will to clean house? Let us play our role as citizens to ensure we help the governance of our country to improve accountability and contribute to cleaning house. Its a citizens responsibility that there is good governance and adherence to the constitution. Can we say we are doing…

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    … this effectively? Where there is smoke, there is definitely some embers if not an actual fire. We need to manage those embers before they burn the entire forest. That forest is Zambia

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    Kambwili was fired on rumours that have not been proved by president Lungu himself. Why is the president failing to act on Kampyongo whose allegations are in public domain? Selective prosecution if not perseutuin of perceived political opponents by this 21st century world most travelled president.

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    Zambian Citizen – You must be really enjoying the loot. What governance issues? What is the role of a whistle blower? Is it to provide evidence or simply to inform and government wings move in to investigate? By any standard you cannot compare Levy administration to the current administration regarding corruption fight. That is the only period we had convictions of corruption ( Richard Sakala, Katele Kalumba still on appeal, Samuel Musonda, Chiluba was saved by Rupiah Banda etc). Tell me how many corruption cases are in court today? Zero. I agree with John Mambo that we disband ACC. Your DPP is a nolle DPP. Mutembo never entered nolles in many case he was prosecuting.

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    Apparently, if Bwana Chipenzi seeks to champion patriotism in Zambia, he must priotise his “nationalistic” duties by focusing on the dangerous ethnic program that HH and Chief Mukuni publicly exhibited in Livingstone. Chipenzi’s selective fight to get some Ministers fired is merely a political ploy to weaken the PF Govt. Not all Zambians are fuuls to be trapped into UPND’s tricks.

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    Imwe bamukulu, how many people does the ACC going to investigate just by hearing that so and so received something from Mr. A. Kambwili is supposed to report Kapyongo to who ever is in-charge of investigations (ACC or Police) then they will take up the issue because if he doe that he will even give them proof of what he is saying, he will even be a witness for the State, but if he is just ranting without reporting it means he is lying. How many times has the other Chishimba been telling us stories without proof? Same goes with Kambwili if he is man enough let him go and report Kampyongo, we are all waiting.

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    Even Sata would have asked him to step down or Kaunda would have fired him at a press conference. People are fired for having lunch with a Vendor, you as Minister receive three personal brand new vehicles and you think you can get away with that. I now believe without any doubt that they are all in this corruption so no one will be fired except Kambwili who went because he openly challenged the 2021 presidency in PF .

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