The People’s Alliance for Change (PAC) President Andyford Banda has written to the ZAFFICO Chairman Professor Jacob Mwitwa copied to Minister of Lands seeking further clarification on aspects which he says “remain unexplained concerning the export of illegally harvested confiscated Mukula logs.
The letter which was this morning delivered to ZAFFICO Head Office in Ndola reads in part: “Whilst we are mindful of your responsibility to the appointing authorities, we wish to remind you of your greater moral responsibility and accountability to the people of Zambia who are the owners of the Mukula logs and have set you as a steward on their behalf. It is in this regard that we have been compelled by the Zambian citizenry to request your office for additional information to the statement you issued”.
Mr. Banda has requested for a copy of the Letter of instructions or Statutory Instrument (SI) to give authority to ZAFFICO from Ministry of Lands to export the Mukula logs as well as the documentation that has been used to record all logs confiscated including Police records which he says should correspond with logs exported less logs in stock.
The PAC leader has further asked for copies of Auction Policy and Procedure that was laid down to auction the illegally harvested confiscated Mukula logs as well as proof of that the auction was advertised including proof of auction including date as well as details of all individuals or companies that were present during the auction.
Mr. Banda’s letter to the ZAFFICO Chairman further request for details and proof or source relating to the pricing standard that was adopted to auction the Mukula logs in this regard.
He also calls for documentation relating to contracts between the buyers and ZAFFICO as well as Proof of payment.
“As with all international transaction we request proof of payment for all the auctioned illegally harvested confiscated Mukula logs. It’s only logical that the Mukula was paid for before it was released by ZAFFICO for shipping to its destination” the letter says.
The PAC leader has also called for copies of all documents pertaining to the shipping of Mukula and the individuals or organisation that participated in the auction and won the bids as well as documentary proof of the fate of funds derived from the transaction.
The PAC leader has given the ZAFFICO Chairman seven days in which to clarify the foregoing or face mass demonstrations at ZAFFICO Offices in Ndola in addition to legal recourse to stop the exportation of Mukula logs by the Parastatal.
“We hope to get feedback from you within the next seven days failure to which we will have no option but to go ahead with citizens mass requests to register their displeasure by mobilising the general public and our members on the Copperbelt to demonstrate against corruption at your offices and to also request the courts to compel ZAFFICO to stop exporting Mukula until these questions have been answered” his letter concludes.