Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili
Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili

Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has labelled Grandview International, the firm at the centre of the controversial procurement of fire tenders as the Guptas of Zambia.

The comparison between Grandview International and the powerful Gupta family of South Africa could be due to the allegations of corruption that officials at Grandview are facing.

Bokani Soko, one of the Directors at Grandview International is believed to be a close business associate of President Edgar Lungu just as the Guptas are seen to be close to President Jacob Zuma and some of his cabinet ministers.

In an interview, Mr Kambwili said what is happening in Zambia today is a pure act of state capture where a few business persons are looting state resources using State House.

He said Mr Soko has easy access to State House and uses it to facilitate business deals.

“These are the Guptas of Zambia. Bokani enters State House like he is entering the extension of his bedroom and now he is into everything now from fire tenders, roads to fertiliser supply,” Mr Kambwili said.

He added, “Zambians have to wake up now. This state capture means that if one is not in good books with Bokani, then you can’t do business with the government. This is grand corruption and the evidence is there.”

Mr Kambwili alleged that Bokani Soko through Neria Investments is also supplying oil to Zambia at an inflated cost.

“For every litre of fuel sold, he pockets 1 dollar. This is why our fuel is the most expensive in the region,” he said.

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  1. Does this guy ever lose his voice from barking?

    When will he start biting?

    I am getting tired of his daily barking…wake me up when he has solid proof of the thieves in government. BTW, that includes himself.

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    • Kambwili I think you are bored because your barking is now boring….blah blah blah blah for nothing

      Anyway
      2021 vote PF ( Edgar )

      I thank you

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    • This empty tin is at it again. He is playing saint when we know he is as corrupt as they come. This is a case of a pot calling the kettle black

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    • CK was a Minister of Information, there is something behind these allegations, give him that benefit of the doubt.
      BTW, blame ACC for being idle. When such cases are put up its ACC responsibility to get the details or at least summon people like CK to provide evidence.
      You people must be sick, if you are expecting CK to start providing evidence to LT, in order for you to start believing his allegations.
      Kick ACC to start investigating, and support CK who is brought up the cases to be investigated. And its ACC who should be confirming that there is no case or there is.

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    • Ba @IndigoTyrol but if he is just barking, why can’t they sue him for defermation? He has called them corrupt and PF can use its lawyers to fight him in court, but non has the guts to take him on, which shows that there is something to him ‘barking’

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    • KAMBWILI nkalakuponona everyday KIMITENGO. You will be my neighbour. I have a plot there, not a corrupt one but a genuinely acquired plot. UMUKOSHI ubukulu!

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  2. “This state capture means that if one is not in good books with Bokani, then you can’t do business with the government. This is grand corruption and the evidence is there.” Sounds more like you are the one who is not in good books with Bokani and now you worry about your own companies not getting any gov deals.
    Mr Kambwili you are now irritating! SHOW US THE EVIDENCE ALREADY! You seem to know everything but fail to do the needful and that is provide ACC and Zambia at large with the evidence you claim to have.

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  3. Freedom of speech! Unsettle the thieves though we won’t control their stealing for now because they are used and they only stop when the next government comes in. The next government will eventually start stealing….and the circus will go on!

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  4. Its unfortunate that Zambians are not proactive. We should not be talking of Grandview International and its directors. The question is when these tenders are floated up to the time of award is the right time for the civil organizations and other stakeholders to take keen interest. Everything being raised whether true or not its water under the bridge. I am of the view that people go into business to make profit in order to sustain their businesses. The best thing to do is to be alert and not wait until some company or individual has been awarded a contract and then start talking louder. People talk of grand corruption when it does not suit them. These things have been there even during the KK regime. Some clever guys in the late 80’s bought some EX British Army Land Rovers and these…

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  5. Amos Chanda is justifying himself! The rate at which you acquire your wealth is what is questionable not that you are supposed to be static in terms of personal wealth accumulation? It is the speed at which you guys are becoming rich in short period of time in a so called poor country which is busy borrowing from other nations while its leadership is wasting and stealing money….the same money they are borrowing. We cannot develop!

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  6. It is now clear that the reason why Kambwili is bitter and barking daily is bevause his company “Mwamona investments” cannot access any Govnt contract!!if it was him getting contracts like Bokani Soko is getting,he could have been praising Govnt and president Edgar Lungu!!
    Kambwili please take note that its your dirty mouth which put you and your firm in hell.had you remained in good terms with state house,you could have been getting contracts too.they say “you cant bite the finger that feeds you”.if you wanted to continue making money in Govnt,you could have been behaving well.now you shall suffer until 2021 and your jealous for ECL or Bokani Soko wont take you anywhere!!YOU ARE JUST LOOKING FO0LISH IN OUR EYES!!

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    • Okay after all you have said about Kambwili, the big question is is what Bokani and the Govt doing right? Yes Kambwili might have lost out on a corrupt contact, but does that make it right? Just think of the poor baby dying at UTH waiting for medicine to be donated by USAID for once. Can’t our government do better with the little that they have for this poor child? Will it kill them to sucrifice that latest XV for this poor child to survive? Do we still have to beg white people to give us medines while we use our money for Range Rovers? Does that make us a better people when we have too much suffering in our midst?

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    • @Don Man.
      that is the whole point, these dunderheads are just focused on a persona of Chimbwili instead of looking and focusing on the issues that he has raised.
      In all this confusion no one knows what they really want.

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  7. Here we go again: part 4 or 5? “The pointless career of a failed politician” featuring CK as he stirs up the rumour pot once again.

    You can imagine what he will serve next: PF members are illuminati…

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  8. “For every litre of fuel sold, he pockets 1 dollar. This is why our fuel is the most expensive in the region,” he said.
    Now if 1 USD = 9.6ZMK and fuel is retailing at 13.00ZMK / litre , Kambwili’s assertion begins to go into the realm of the incredulous and unbelievable. These allegations are beginning to sound pretty wild and unbelievable. Good for the semi-illiterates but not enough for any one with his head properly screwed-on

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  9. CK is doing the Right thing by alerting the Nation of the Corruption being promoted at State House. The govt is supposed to be for the People by the People but Lungu’s govt is for the Corrupt People and by the Corrupt People. Zambians have to stand up and force the Illegitimate Lungu govt accountable otherwise Zambia is doomed. Corruption collapses economies and that s why the Corrupt Lungu govt must be kept in check.. CK is correct Lungu is Mr Corruption Number One. He has to be stopped b4 he destroys the Zambian Economy.

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  10. Article picked from Zambia Reports today, read on…

    What Dr. Kambwili Is Not Telling The Public

    Clement Malambo | October 9, 2017

     Who was chief government spokesman when the fire tender deal was in process? Why didn’t he tell the nation about the alleged corrupt individuals and malpractices he is now singing?
    Here is a timeline of events to juggle your memories my good comrades on.

    1. Matter started in 2012 (public is not aware). At the national fire day, late President Michael Sata directs that he wants a fire tender in each district and fire stations with equipment to save lives. He also proposes the setting up of a life-saving paramedics unit.

    2. Albion Export Services a U.K. Company with local agents was engaged by Ministry of Local Govt to pursue the proposal of…

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    • Stop trying to force this corrupt fire deal down ower throats…… $42 million was corruption, so was the other $49 million

      Why should a poor country that needs forigne aid sanction or agree to pay $1 million for a truck that costs $380,000 ???

      Here is the true cost of superior trucks to those lungus friend sold Zambia.. …copy and paste …

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

      Lungu and his friends stole more than $25 million from this deal.

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  11. ……..2. Albion Export Services a U.K. Company with local agents was engaged by Ministry of Local Govt to pursue the proposal of supplying fire tenders and safety equipment in 100 districts (public not aware)

    3. A first draft is discussed to supply 100 fire tenders and equipment with a proposed expenditure totaling $168million

    (Public not aware)
    4. 2013- Later MOU revised to start with 50 fire tenders for $68million.

    5. Attorney General Mumba Malila refuses to sanction the MOU urging Ministry of Local Govt to comply with ZPPA requirements(public not aware)

    6. ZPPA advises that the matter goes to public tender and declines the direct bidding or single-sourcing as proposed by Ministry of Local Government of Albion Export Services(public not aware)

    7. In 2015, a Public…

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    • Stop trying to force this corrupt fire deal down ower throats…… $42 million was corruption, so was the other $49 million

      Why should a poor country that needs forigne aid sanction or agree to pay $1 million for a truck that costs $380,000 ???

      Here is the true cost of superior trucks to those lungus friend sold 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 that’s very insightful data via the link you have provided. Thanks. I wish all could have a glimpse of that data

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  12. ……7. In 2015, a Public tender for 42 fire trucks floated in national newspapers. Albion Services participates in the tender but quote $49million for 42 trucks(probably businesses are aware)

    8. Out of 16 bidders, procurement committee picks Grandview International as the most realistic near specifications and pricing.(public not aware)

    9. Albion Export Services were thrown out among other regularities, price and that the local agent Simamba Chilala and Hewit Chizyuka have no power of Attorney

    10. Albion Export Services appeal to the ZPPA

    11. ZPPA upholds the decisions of the Ministry of Local Government Procurement Committee

    12. Other bidders report the matter to the ACC including a third party, Edith Nawakwi, President
    of the FDD

    13. 2016- Process halted until ACC…

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    • Stop trying to force this corrupt fire deal down ower throats…… $42 million was corruption, so was the other $49 million

      Why should a poor country that needs forigne aid sanction or agree to pay $1 million for a truck that costs $380,000 ???

      Here is the true cost of superior trucks to those lungus friend sold 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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  13. ….
    13. 2016- Process halted until ACC clears the process as above board and devoid of corruption as alleged by accusers

    14. Albion Export Services not happy with local decisions that have cleared the tender

    15. The matter goes to London High Court Arbitration process demanding that the Court orders re-tender or damages to the tune of $12m

    16. The Court clears the matter ordering govt to pay or refund for expenses incurred by Albion Services during the period of draft proposals(public not aware)

    17. Fire tender arrive in the country and are commissioned at a ceremony(Public now aware, price of the procurement becomes public, public outraged).

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    • Stop trying to force this corrupt fire deal down ower throats…… $42 million was corruption, so was the other $49 million

      Why should a poor country that needs forigne aid sanction or agree to pay $1 million for a truck that costs $380,000 ???

      Here is the true cost of superior trucks to those lungus friend sold 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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  14. Clement Malambo, thank you for the article.
    But that will not change the thinking of UP.NDonkeys, unfortunately, until under5 says so.

    Hakambwili Hichishimba is the new boy on the opposition block, a hybrid of empty tins wasting their time in politics.

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    • Stop trying to force this corrupt fire deal down ower throats…… $42 million was corruption, so was the other $49 million

      Why should a poor country that needs forigne aid sanction or agree to pay $1 million for a truck that costs $380,000 ???

      Here is the true cost of superior trucks to those lungus friend sold 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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  15. Guess what Jacob Zuma is coming to Zambia this week on a State Visit so the Guptas will be on the Menu and Agenda.I guessLungu and z

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    • If you were Lungu what advise would you seek from Zuma?
      1. How did you manage survive impeachment?
      2. How can I handle the likes of Kambwili?
      3.

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  16. The man who turned a golf course into a housing complex is talking too much these days! I think the man and his friend HH, must go away! Far away!

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  17. kambwili first hand over all the flats and house you built in luanshya golf course.The mine club you turned in a night club all in the name of being roan Mp .Mwalaba shani ati you have acquired all the government contracts some of them you have not honored but mwalilya impiya.Lekeni ubufi you are a very corrupt selfish man full of yourself.

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  18. he comes out of a chartered plane in a suit after a thousand air miles,looking serious with an entourage, service chiefs, ministers and other busy bodies lined up also in the crowd while reporters get their recorders ready cause this man rarely gives addresses.

    The whole nation glued but its the same usual rantings nothing significant, only chooses to answer to petty issues.

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  19. The twin headed UP.NDonkey named Hakambwili and Hichishimba……. kikikikikikikikikikikikikikikikikikiiiiiiiiiikikikiki!

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  20. Kambwili’s mathematics leaves me perplexed, confused. When petrol is selling @ K11.67 and deduct one dollar which is K9.97 and the difference is K1.70 . Can he say this is the margin inclusive transportation and service? Your degree is questionable if Maths and English were not considered at entry. This also proves that you are now a noise maker.

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  21. CK BALE PAULE BA MAMBALA.NIBA KABWALALA BA POMPWE KABILI NIBA MUKUKULU.
    LUNGU MUST GO.NO MORE INTEREST IN LUNGU AND WILL NOT SEE MY VOTE.

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  22. nga iwe, niwebo nani? 1chilufumo ne chimukoshi, st10pet! i hate kabwalala usonta kabwalala munankwe ati ekabwalala. !diot3s!

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  23. nga iwe, niwebo nani? 1chilufumo ne chimukoshi, st10p3t! i hate kabwalala usonta kabwalala munankwe ati ekabwalala. !d10t3s!

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  24. Zambians what is wrong with us? CK is telling us how they been stealing our monies we are saying prove it. He was in the system before am sure he knows what he is talking about.

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  25. There is public private partnership, so a contract can be given to anyone.It will be paid by citizens through tax.Maybe the best way was to be transparent by involving some not for profit organisations.Now keep quiet mr fake whistle blower.You are bitter because it was not your company which procured trucks.We will investigate you and find out if all the contract you won was due to you being lower a bidder and capable one or because you were in the government

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