Friday, March 1, 2024

President Lungu’s Swazi mansion will not cost Zambians a cent-State House

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Presidential Spokesperson Amos Chanda showing a contract of Inyatsi companies signed months before the Presidenty  became  head of state.
Presidential Spokesperson Amos Chanda showing a contract of Inyatsi companies signed months before the Presidenty became head of state.

State House says the proposed construction of President Edgar Lungu’s mansion in eSwatini will not cost Zambians any single Kwacha, and that the president has not spent a single cent or Zambian ngwee to purchase land in eSwatini much less build a house in the kingdom.

State House Spokesman Amos Chanda has also revealed that President Lungu is undecided on whether to develop the plot or not and that there is absolutely no building or construction taking place on the land, and the President has not even paid any architects to draw up plans for the said part of land.

“I am presidential spokesperson, unless I am a mad man, and this is on tape, I am emphasizing that it was gift,” Mr Chanda told journalists.

Mr Chanda told a media briefing at State House today that the matter involving the land is a private exchange between two heads of state and informed the nation that President Lungu was given a parcel of land as a private gift by the King of eSwatini a less valuable gift compared to the heads of cattle the king also gave to President Lungu.

Mr Chanda also defended President Lungu over the land issue saying there is no impropriety on the part of President Lungu in the matter.

“There is no impropriety whatsoever in the said transaction involving the gift of a piece land to His Excellency Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu…The matter is purely a private exchange between two heads of state. There is absolutely no truth in the value that has been ascribed to the land and there is no building on the land that has been given,” Mr Chanda said.

He also disputed reports that the construction of the house will cost $3.9 million saying such figures are incorrect because even the drawings have not been approved by President Lungu.

Mr. Chanda said he wondered how some media houses where quoting figures such as a 3.9 million dollar mansion when the gifted land was actually virgin and President Lungu had not engaged any architects whatsoever.

He further disclosed that that the gifters themselves had opted to open a bid for architects to present drawings which they would give to President Lungu when handing over the gift.

“I do not know where people are getting figures to quote about the building. The factious 3.9 million dollars is malicious manufacture of those who intend to mischaracterize straight forward matters, no single dollar has gone into Swaziland to develop that land,” Chanda said adding that the exchange of gifts was a normal diplomatic practice among heads of states.

He further went on to prove how malicious and absurd the propaganda was by showing a contract of Inyatsi companies who are the alleged contractors of President Lungu’s mansion and that he keeps awarding them contracts such as the Ndola- Mufulira road a contract, one signed months before he was head of state.

When challenged that President Lungu should have declared the gifted land to the nation, Mr. Chanda said that no law compelled President Lungu to declare his private gifts until such a time when he is demanded to declare assets before showing intent to stand as President of Zambia.

Mr. Chanda went on to challenge the media houses to show proof of any purchases or contracts signed by the President to buy or build on the said piece of land in eSwatini.

Chishimba Kambwili flashes the NDC symbo
Chishimba Kambwili flashes the NDC symbol

And the National Democratic Party, led by Former Information Minister and chief Government Spokesperson, Chishimba Kambwili published what they described as a time line of events that led to where we are today.

Below is the NDC’s post

A RECONSTRUCTED TIMELINE OF SWAZI LAND BRIBES AND RDA ROAD CONTRACTS AWARDED TO INYATSI ROADS ZAMBIA LTD

Below is a sequence of key events leading up to where we are today on the secret State House Swazi deals

By the National Democratic Congress

1: JULY 2017 – RDA awards K701 Million Contract to Inyatsi Roads Zambia Limited, a subsidiary of Inyatsi Construction Holdings Ltd of Swaziland. The contract is to rehabilitate the Ndola Mufulira Road.

2: JULY 2017 – Groundbreaking ceremony for Ndola Mufulira Road, President Lungu travels to Mufulira to grace the event. Other senior officials in attendance are Ronald Chitotela and Bowman Lusambo.

3: JULY 28TH 2017 – President Edgar Lungu goes to Swaziland on a two day working visit, the visit is only announced the day before he leaves by then foreign affairs minister Harry Kalaba.

4: August 26th 2017 – 6 weeks after the project is launched, Copperbelt minister Bowman Lusambo inspects the site and finds that serious works have not commenced. He threatens Inyatsi management with termination of the contract. He threatens to report Inyatsi to President Lungu and recommend for termination of the contract.

5: September 3rd 2017 – President Lungu, state house officials and close friends of the president including press aide Amos Chanda, political advisor Kaizar Zulu and presidential affairs minister Freedom Sikazwe travel to Swaziland where they also participate in the reed dance ceremony. The President was in Swaziland just 5 weeks earlier at the end of July. The President undertook two trips to Swaziland in a space of 5 weeks.

6: November 2017 – Special Assistant to the President for Projects Monitoring Andrew Chellah announces that RDA has awarded a second contract to Inyatsi Roads Zambia Limited to fix the Kafue-Chikankata-Mazabuka Road. State house instructs ministry of finance to release funds for works to commence according to Chellah.

7: November 2017 – A tender is advertised by Inyatsi Properties to selected architectural firms in Swaziland to submit draft architectural designs for a mansion to be built for President Edgar Lungu at Nkonyeni Golf Estate in Swaziland. Nkonyeni Golf Estate is owned by Inyatsi Construction Holdings Ltd through a subsidiary called Inyatsi Properties. This is the same parent company that owns Inyatsi Roads Zambia Ltd.

8: February 2018 – Bowman Lusambo, who 5 months earlier had a bitter exchange with Inyatsi Roads Zambia Ltd directors and threatened to have their contracts terminated is transferred from Copperbelt province to Lusaka province, no reasons are given for his transfer.

9: May 12th 2018 – A whistle-blower from one of the bidders, a company known as Architects International of Mbabane Swaziland leaks some of the proposed architectural diagrams of the president’s mansion, these go viral on social media.

10: May 14th 2018 – Information Minister Dora Siliya comes out to addresses the issue and confirms that indeed President Lungu and Press Aide Amos Chanda own land and are building houses at Nkonyeni Golf Estate. Hon. Siliya claims that this was a gift given to them on a state visit to Swaziland, at this time the public is unaware of the links between Inyatsi and the Nkonyeni Golf Estate.

11: May 16th 2018 – The Times of Swaziland newspaper picks up the story and reveals a lot of hidden information that directly ties President Lungu to Inyatsi Ltd, the RDA and two road contracts awarded to Inyatsi in the last 10 months. The newspaper search of public records done at the Swaziland Deeds Registry Public Information Centre reveals that Nkonyeni Golf Estate where President Lungu is building his mansion is owned on title by Inyatsi Construction Holdings Ltd, the parent company of Inyatsi Roads Zambia Ltd which was awarded two huge contracts by the RDA within the last 10 months. President Lungu attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the first contract in July 2017 and the second contract was announced by his special assistant for projects Andrew Chellah in November 2017. The newspaper further reveals that the budget for construction of this mansion is $3.9 Million. It becomes apparent that these properties were not gifts from the Swazi government as claimed, rather they were given by Inyatsi Ltd in exchange for multi-million-dollar road contracts.

156 COMMENTS

  1. You are all just a bunch of chancers and jokers….
    A president is a government figure and all his deals are public…! If He was not sure of what to do, why have house drawings done in the first place????

    • Mulongoti should be investigating Lungu’ roots in Swaziland. He looks like people from the south. That plot he is building must be in his village where he comes from. His relatives reside in that area :))))

    • Doctors are forbidden to work in private hospitals, why is Amos Chanda working for Dalitso Lungu’s fathers masion? Government should send salary bill to Eswatini.

    • There is nothing private about a person occupying public office that’s why its called public service!
      As people who have put our hard earned ngwees to pay chagwa his family and you amos we demand to know how much the house in Swaziland will cost and who is funding it!
      By the way what other houses is he building?

    • Stupidity, how stupid are you to build a home in another man’s land?? Lungu has no house in Petauke where he claims to come from. If he spends millions to build a house outside Zambia, it is clear that either he knows his wrongdoing that he will run in exile? or He is a Foreigner. Because Home is home.

    • “The matter is purely a private exchange between two heads of state.” But the apparently, the other party says he has no knowledge of this

    • Zambians, this is all trash. There is a fundamental issue here that is not being answered. Is this truly moral for Head of State to be building mansion in a foreign State, honestly? Isn’t this a Conflict of Interest? Just yesterday, the story was that it was a gift, and now today Chanda makes it, even more, c@nny that it’s a Private Exchange, What did ECL give Mswati as an Exchange, is it a Zambian Government Property or its Private too? Can Amos shed light on this? If you read the above statement, it’s clear, pure damage control and bogus. Why hasn’t Amos also talked about his gift as well? It’s not enough to just say, Zambians will not pay a Kwacha, only a f()()l would believe that he will tell the truth even if this was going to cost Zambians any single Kwacha.

    • Tell ECL that the lightening that is about to strike him is still in the Hawaiian Volcano being cooked specifically for him and his tandem of thieves. By the time it will be doing press ups at the door of State House, he should run for his dear life.

    • They are trying to reverse the whole thing and hide it properly now that it is in the open. I hate this talk that it wont cost Zambians a cent same was said about the dual carriage, RTSA deal and others that they wont cost Zambians a cent… REALLY?? Nothing is for FREE and we know that I am disappointed (yet again) with Amos he thinks he can deceive Zambians by showing us one contract ??? Inyatsi has been awarded many contracts! The arrogance to which they are assuming all Zambians to be gullible is scary because it seems like we are all in a Bad dream reliving the Rupiah end days .. while for some its a sweet dream for others it is a Nightmare !

    • The term ‘mad man’ must be making rounds in Jonathan’s cabinet at the moment Lungu said the people accusing him of being an foreigner were mad men now Amos is telling us that ‘unless I am a mad man blah blah blah’. These chaps have very limited vocabulary or are they just busy stealing and they have lost all will to govern and talk sense! Fusekeni mwe!

    • The president is a public servant 24/7 as long as he is president. That is why he has people working for him 24/7. On official visits and a gift is given, the president is still a public servant and any gifts received at his capacity as president, it is a Zambian government gift. That land can never be a private gift because it was given to him in his capacity as president of Zambia. If for example, he were still in Chawama and not president, would king mawati give him land?

    • This is just further evidence that we should all be careful with politicians who use religion as a tool to build a political base. I know this will fall on the deaf ears of Liya Nawa Mutale, Godfridah Sumaili, Bishop Joshua Banda, Rev Pukuta Mwanza and others in Christians for Lungu.

    • Lungu is a THIEF who steals relish from a pot & then SH!TS in it & puts lid back on after eating the whole relish.

      We are not small kids. This is clearly a bribe from Inyatsi. King Mswati cannot give land which does NOT belong to him, STOP abusing his name.

      Then Home affairs minister Lungu fired C/belt police commissioner Mary Tembo for registering in her name a vehicle donated to ZP by Grizzly mines. wwwDOTlusakatimesDOTcom/2015/04/17/former-cbelt-police-chief-mary-tembo-found-with-a-case-to-answer/

      Zambians will pay for this plot through over-priced road contracts Inyatsi Roads is being awarded.

      Zambians are also paying for TALU Mall in Kampala being built for Lungu by AVIC Construction through over-priced Lusaka-Ndola dual carriageway & sale of Indeni refinery to Avic…

    • Where is the Attorney-General of Zambia? He is as silent as he was when HH and GBM filed the presidential election petition. Musa Mwenye SC acted professionally upon Sata’s death by guiding the republic properly. Likando Kalaluka is not fit to be in his current job.

    • You Lungu haters, get this: Even a public figure like the President has a private life. Heads of state can discuss private personal matters one on one which have nothing to do with state business and there is nothing wrong with that. Give the President some privacy you malicious snoopers and your fake sources. Don’t you have a life to lead that you can spend your life time fabricating malicious stories about Lungu? Mukasensela elyo bwacha, only to find Lungu being sworn in for his second term. While the horde of opposition politicians insults him and paints him black, he is busy wining the hearts of Zambians down to the grass roots and no amount of malice and false testimony against Lungu will prosper you malicious r.oaches. Hate has blinded you to reason and all you see and dream about…

    • Hate has blinded you to reason and all you see and dream about is Lungu this, Lungu that. Shameless c.ockroaches! If you have nothing to do, go hide in your crevices because come 2021 PF is coming with MORTEIN. Mwacilamo ba mumbwe.

    • How did Jonathan know that he was going to be given land when he becomes President for him to have signed a contract with Inyatsi before he became President?

  2. What are you talking about Chanda? You are a poor Press secretary. When you say “The matter is purely a private exchange between two heads of state.” You are putting Lungu in more trouble because anything between heads of state is official. It is done for the respective republics
    You should perhaps have said “The matter is purely a private exchange between two individuals.” But even that doesnt clean up the situation

    • Yes Impimpi ,private gains made by exploiting one’s public office is still stinky corruption. They call it “influence peddling”

    • First and foremost Dora and Amos should resign for misleading the public. Secondly, a public enquiry has to be instituted to establish the truth and act as a deterrent to any POMPWE thinking State House is suppose to be a Mafia den. We need to restore dignity and honor in State House.

    • If the matter was purely private, why is Chanda involved? Chanda is a public servant, what he speaks about immediately becomes public.

      The word exchange means, especially in this context, tha Lungu gave Mswati something in return. We want to know what that is. Chanda please explain.

  3. Why is Zambia paying Amos Chanda for defending Lungu’s private house and marriage when at work?
    That house is so expensive on civil servants.

    • YOU ARE BUSY ASKING OTHERS YO COME AND INVEST IN YOUR COUNTRY, WHY CAN’T YOU LEAD BY EXAMPLE? WHAT IS YOUR FEAR IF ITS NO STOLEN MONE

    • Amos Chanda’s job is to defend corruption at stste house. He gets paid for defending everything done dubiously unfortunately from Zambians tax payers money. Amos Chanda is a very distinguished jurnalist who lies with impunity. Now we know why someone pretended he did not want retirement home because he wants to join king Swaswata.
      Naleka nine Jonathan Mutawali.

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  4. Mulongoti should be investigating Lungu’ roots in Swaziland. He looks like people from the south….. lol

  5. Those in Chilanga should not vote for PF because voting for PF is contributing and building the house in Swaziland for Lungu.

    Voting for UPND is voting for murder, prostitution and a direct contribution to HH and his offshore Accounts. Think before u vote!

  6. Another way to look at it – Is it okay if the president of country A starts building mansions in countries B and C? Doesn’t the new constitution disqualify citizens with dual citizenship from public office? Doesn’t that present conflict of interests and security risks when that involves the head of state – whether gift or kick back? A double-minded person is as unstable as water!

    • Takwaba personal gift something is given to you while you are holding office. Ask KK. Everything he received was state property.

  7. Who are you to tell us that there is impropreity, are you a lawyer or a law maker? Just accept that you have been caught pants down and the embarrassment is of humongous proportions. He has not decided whether to develop it or not. What’s the catch? Mwaiche iwe Amos you are beging used like a mop to clean your boss’s corruption, time to dance pelete will catch up with you, watch this space.

  8. Don’t worry the truth will always come out. Mr spokesman, try objectivity and truthfulness for once. It won’t disappoint. Unlike you, we will rebuild our country and restore sanity and progress. Enjoy the moment. Your days are numbered. You guys are the reason why we are losers and full of mediocrity currently in Zambia. Remember your IMF bulls##t press briefing? Your government is still trying to borrow from the same people you were disparaging not long ago. You have no shame!! Please go away. Zambia does not need you at all! Please go in peace. Go devil!

  9. Really laughable ..this useless chap stating that Lazy Lungu has not decided yet to develop the plot when drawings are present you think Architects draw those things for fun..

  10. …….and Dora also mentions you one of the reciepiants of this exchange or is it gift and if so what did you offer the King (as Amos Chanda)??

    ….and the more this topic goes on, the more it seems like our President’s PR machine is running its self into the ground!!

    • I think there will be an accident very soon. Tell Amos and Lungu to slow down. Times of Swaziland says the land belongs to inyatsi. Are they liars. Or maybe King Mswati is the owner of inyatsi. Amos did not tell us about his potion as revealed by Dora. What’s the catch there ba spokesman?

  11. INFULENCE PEDDLING : a type of corruption in which people use their govt positions to gain favors or preferential treatment. Even in USA Trump is NOT allowed to keep gifts handed to him while in office cuz its seen as a bribe to change govt policies .

    • NOT EVEN TRUMP IS ALLOWED TO TUN TRUMP TOWERS WHILE BEING PRESIDENT, NOW OUR FRIEND HERE HAS TURNED STATE MACHINERY IN LUNGU & FAMILY INTERNATIONAL.

  12. ” Swazi mansion will not cost Zambians a cent” OH YES it will indirectly when the giver is allowed to bend rules or he’s given preferential treatment in Zambia at the expense of more deserving persons.Free stuff is expensive .

  13. In case Amos has forgotten – On August 15, 2013, Edgar Chagwa Lungu who was then Minister of Home Affairs suspended Copperbelt Police Commissioner Ms Mary Tembo for receiving a car as a gift from Grizzly Mining firm without declaring interests. According to Edgar Lungu, “Ms Tembo cannot continue carrying out her duties because of alleged act of converting a motor vehicle or indeed any property donated by well-wishers to personal use without declaring that property to superiors contradicts the code of ethics for the public service which states that a public service employee shall not accept gifts, rewards, or hospitality or receive benefits of any kind from any person or organization which might compromise or reasonably be seen to compromise one’s personal judgement or integrity,” said…

    • Zambian journalists that go to State House are too hungry to research..remember Times has never paid them for 9 months!!

  14. said Lungu in a statement. Let the same judgement Lungu applied on Ms Tembo be applied on him!

  15. Are bloggers here aware of the mansion built by the Namibian government for former President, Kenneth Kaunda, in Namibia?

    • You have to look at the context in which KK was given the house, mind you it was not done in secrecy. Its about time legal experts gave us guidance.

    • Kaunda is a private citizens. No impropriety being committed by the Namibian govt or by the recipient (KK).

    • Built by the Namibian government is the key word there. To honor KK for his role in the liberation struggle badala.

    • @FACT do not use that word carelessly. KK’s donated house was not built for him. It was an existing government house already. That donation was qualified and in public domain. Also it still attracts municipality bills and rates like it always has even before being donated. Do not bring half truths here and use catchy blogger names for nothing.

  16. It is very difficult to hide lies when you rush to answer without showing the data. Do these politicians really believe citizens are that stupid. There is no private business done under the title of PRESIDENT. The president is an employee of the citizens and has to be accountable to them.

  17. Section 21 of the Anti-Corruption Act (dealing with abuse of authority of office) provides that any public officer using their position, office or authority to obtain property, profit, an advantage or benefit, directly or indirectly for oneself or another person is guilty of the offence of abuse of office. The definition of public officer includes any person who is employed in the service of government. That means the President or any member of the State House staff

  18. The Swazi Nation and King Mswati is heavily funded by the EU Inyasi is a global company with contracts across Africa King Mswati lives a very rich life such a gift of land to a friend is immaterial late alone to the value and contract of Inyasi What is material in Zambia may not be considered material to others The Gov is run by ministries and ministries make decisions The people who had traveled to the reed dance where not hosted and paid for Inyasi They traveled in a presidential entourage for the reed dance

    The gift of land has been public knowledge and has never been hidden from the public then the Drawings are just architectural Impressions

    The…

    • Ati, it’s my own opinion……awe shuwa !!!
      Then you are surprised that AMOS is capable of dishing out these stories because he knows the majority of Zambians are like this pimp and would buy in his stories….God Save Zambia. Da.mn!!

  19. Am I the only one seeing “holes” in this statement. He says the land was a gift “between two heads of state”. He further goes on to say the “gifters” went on to advertise bids for architectural drawings. Who are these gifters? Is he implying the Swazi head of State (Mswati) is the one who initiated the architectural bidding process?

    • Well, the reasoning from AMOS is simply trash, normal bloggers have noticed those “holes”, unfortunately, such are very few.

    • He thinks we are dumb. We will get confused and intimidated by fictitious terms such as ‘gifters’. Atase ukutumpa!

  20. time line above is also fake unless it expressly made clear in the actions and communications that followed the gift of land In other words the Contracts and the gift of land and Inyasi are very remotely connected

    The tender the evaluations of the bids responses and contract award do not show that in the timeline that there was duress and front-running of the processes as explained by honourable Amos Chanda

  21. What is material in Zambian context cannot be said to be saw for a very rich King Mswati in Africa

    King Mswati III, who rules Swaziland as sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch, lives a lavish lifestyle. On 19 April 2018 he wore a watch worth US$1.6 million and a suit studded with diamonds that weighed 6 kg to a party for 700 guests. Days before he took delivery of his second private jet. This one, an A340-300 Airbus had a purchase price of US$13.2 million, but with VIP upgrades it reportedly cost about US$30 million, paid or out of state funds.

    The King also has 13 palaces and fleets of top-of-the-range BMW and Mercedes cars. His wives regularly travel the world on shopping sprees costing millions of dollars. Meanwhile, seven in ten of the 1.1 million…

    • But some of his wives even commit sucide. Dont think this Swazi thing is a model for any leader. Sleeping with 13 women at once, shamelessly……..i wonder why God doesnt take him away…

    • How about our very own Chief Mukuni’s air bus? How many litres of blood does it cost to fly it. He has a regular supply from his well known crony.

  22. May be the President Honestly accepted and sincerely the GIFT from a RICH king who considers such gifts as normal and immaterial

    As a friend of Swazi land i know how they spoil those that they Love like above Its normal
    in their society as they promote diversity and Investments with their preferred friendly country Zambia

    • Swaziland is not Saudi Arabia…stop lying….there was an uprore when a jet was bought for muswati….

  23. CK HAS SCORED IN HIS OWN GOAL. WHY DID HE NOT WAIT FOR CONSTRUCTION TO AT LEAST START?

    THE FACT THAT WE ARE READING ABOUT IT, CLEARLY SHOWS HOW TRANSPARENT ECL IS OTHERWISE IF THE TRANSACTION WAS ILLICIT, INYATSI COULD HAVE BUILT THAT MANSION PRIVATELY AND HAND IT OVER TO ECL ONCE COMPLETED.

  24. My girl friend,a dlamini a Swana a pile whose father owns a housing estate near that golf course whose mother is a dlamini from there spoils me grazy We could meet from ALIBA apartments and from Kanzungula into Botswana into the Farm estate near Gabs to South Africa Housing estates (this drawing is nothing, like half or Kabulonga in Jo burg to sunninghill and melrose arch to siphifeneni sugar and estates in Swaziland Kusontapofyes People have Invested and us simple ones just become amazed at magnitude of wealthy gifted

    I drove the first electric BMW latest vehicle Land is immediately made at my disposal Now if me
    a simple boy can be lavishly spoiled like…

  25. what more ba kateka The gift is immaterial and its normal for Swazis to spoil there loved ones very normal sometimes you could be misunderstood but if you understand those societies then you can safe guard any perceived conflicts of interests as allerged above in those fake time lines President lungu is not the first one to have been gifted such as evidenced from the list of visitors for the King and all can not be said to have offerred Inyasi countracts The king is buidling a cadre of Intelligent friends and family for Swazis that is the point They consider acquisitions of best minds and ideas wealthy and often will complement that with a dlamini

    • “……The king is buidling a cadre of Intelligent friends and family for Swazis that is the point They consider acquisitions of best minds and ideas wealthy and often will complement that with a dlamini…”

      History tells us Such behaviours have had European royals executed by angry peasants …..tell your king.

  26. They have been caught on their back foot and they are playing catch up . I don’t think any reasonable Zambians in his or her right senses can believe what Chanda and Siliya says .Are there any other scandals you have been up especially in Dabai you dim wits ?

  27. My question is, how could the King give his friend a land on Nkonyeni Golf Estates that is on title by Inyatsi Construction Holdings LTD instead of a bare land not on some other people’s land? What justification if not abuse of authority by giver?

  28. Amos Chanda, you have the right to remain silent, everything that you say can be used against you….
    Your explanations sound hollow….the best way to handle this is to apologise and state that it was a lapse on your part as Press Assistant not to have disclosed the gift of land. As for how Inyatsi are connected or not connected, or whether the drawings are fake or not, I have no idea how ti assist you, use your ingenuity but if you have none silence is golden.
    Presidents are public property so when they receive gifts you as Press assistant must disclose so that things do not backfire on the President like now. Gifts are not gifts when strings are tied to them as appears the case now and when the receipient has power to infuence contracts. Mwaice Amos Chanda, you are too young to…

    • The president has not said a single word. Impeachment is not like how you chase your mistresses. The president here is guilty of not being wise no kupula! kikikiki.

  29. THE TIME LINE IS BASELESS AND DOESN’T HOLD TO SHOW CORRUPTION THE CRITICAL EVENTS OR TIMELINE IN THE TENDER AND AWARD OF THE CONTRACTS THAT DO NOT SHOW DURESS ARE 1.NEED TO RESTRUCTURE THE ROAD WAS IT DRIVEN BY THE GIT OFFERED 2.WAS THE PLANNING MOVED AND MOTIVATED BY INYASI BECAUSE OF THE GIFT. 3.WAS IT SINGLE SOURCING OR MANY RESPONDED AT COMPETITIVE 4.WHAT DO THE MINUTES OF THE EVALUATION AND WARD SHOW FOR THAT WELL COMPOSED TENDER INDEPENDENT COMMITTEE 5.WHERE THE COMPANIES NOTIFIED OF THE BID AND BID SUMS AND LASTLY 6.WHO SIGNED THE CONTRACT AWARD WHEN AND DO THE MINUTES SHOW DURESS OR INDEPENDENCE THE ABOVE AS AMOS CHANDA HAS SAID DONOT SHOW A TIMELINE TOWARDS…

    • Just the fact that a company which is being awarded major road contracts owns the land lungu is given is grounds for an inquiry…..well , that is if our governance systems were not corrupted by the same lungu..

  30. President lungu will not enjoy his retairment….the life of FJT after state house will be chicken feed compared to lungus….

  31. T THE AWARD MOTIVATED BY THE GIFT ITS NOW CLEAR EVERY EFFORT IS BEING MADE TO SUBSTANTIATE AND MOVE A REASON FOR lUNGUS IMPEACHMENT IN A MORE MALICIOUS WAY USING THE CLASSICAL KANDLA APPROACH IT WONT WORK TO FLAME LUNGU SO THAT THE IMPEACHMENT DRIVE GAINS MOMENTUM UNFORTUNATELY ITS A FLOP BUT THE PRESIDENT MUST NOW BE STEADY AND ACT CAREFULLY TO AVOID BEING MACHINED OR FLAMED THE ABOVE TIMELIME IS FAKE AND A CLASSICAL FLAME

  32. The president needs to hire better spokes people. The more these guys speak the funnier it gets. Don’t receive gifts from other heads of state period.

  33. These SHAMELESS P.F Magundwane’ are so slimy, it boggles the mind!
    Amos, & Chief Gundwane Jona Chagwa have taken time to think of an excuse like they did with T@silaz Mukula, which was intercepted whilst being escorted by the State House pool of cars, & after a few days of cooking excuses, docile citizens were informed, “State House officials were escorting Mukula on behalf of Zaffico’
    These Kawalalas are lucky were are not in West Africa, where this type of deception is Never tolerated, & DEALT WITH STERNLY BY THE BOYS IN UNIFORM!!

  34. ‘John, John
    Yes Papa
    Eating Sugar?
    No Papa
    Telling Lies?
    No Papa
    Open your mouth?
    Aaa Ooo Aaa’

    These thieves masholi bakawalalas really take Zambians for f00ls. Caught with red handed with soup all over their faces, he still trying hard to deny the obvious.

    The govt os Swaziland already denied that they have nothing to do with the land and house and this dude here still insists it was a ‘gift’… is he insinuating the govt of eSwatini is lying? The title deeds for the land is under that company Inyatsi and not the King so how could the King gift the same land?

    Not cost Zambians a cent? Does that make it right somehow that it was given to him through corruption as kickbacks and bribes?

    What a hollow and laboured denial. Which journalists go to these press…

  35. …What a hollow and laboured denial. Which journalists go to these press releases who can’t expose this emperor and tell him he is naked? Unbelievable!

  36. No single Zambian cent will be spent on the project!!! Amos mwaice we are Not dull as u think u are overpricing the cost of doing roads & get kick backs. Don’t think u are clever moreover its not the king s’ land but inyatsi.Your days are numbered bs pompwe Ba mwibila nsala.

  37. Comment:allow the humble president of lusaka,copper,muchinga,luapula, northern and eastern to eat your money.

    • There’s no need to defend him. This is the state of the opposition in Zambia. Blowing hot air from their backsides. These are allegations that will never be proven, quite boring don’t you think??

  38. When the time is right, investigations will start with three Constitutional Court judges, Anne Sitali, Palan Mulonda, Mungeni Mulenga followed by Priscilla Isaac, Essau Chulu, KBF, Jean Kapata, Emmanuel Mwamba, Amos Chanda, Dora Siliya and their leader Edgar Lungu. These should go to jail for Zambia to begin anew.

    • …you mean when your wet dream of upnd in power happens?? There will be no new Zambia with upnd conducting the worst witch hunt Zambia would ever see.

    • You better pray PF never leaves power…..

      I belive future campains will have campain promises to bring lungu and his gang to justice..

  39. Patiently waiting for B.R. Mumba to come rolling in. Am positive he has a logical explanation for all this

  40. Zambia will defiantly need Interpol and EC ati corruption agency and other international bodies to recover our stolen monies from these theives….

  41. ALL RDA CONTRACTS NEED TO BE INVESTIGATRED —- THIS IS THE REASON WHY WE KEEP DOING THE SAME ROADS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THE RUSSIAN NUCLEAR DEAL NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED, EVERY TENDER NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED BY PRIVATE COMPANIES NOT LINKED TO THE STATE OR JUDICIARY!
    THE IS BLATANT THEFT !!! NYATSI BEING AWARDED TENDERS IN OUR COUNTRY AND IN RETURN BUILDING A HOUSE FOR ECL IN SWAZILAND. WHERE ELSE ARE HOUSES BIENG BUILT ? ISRAEL ? RUSSAI ???

  42. Government needs to change in 2021!
    Edgar is a thief. We cant entrust our future in his hands anymore!
    Anyone supporting him is part and parcel of this thieving government!

  43. Amos Chanda should not insult Zambians’ intelligence. Where can the President get almost K40m to build a mansion in a foreign land? Let them continue plundering. Time to account will also come

  44. In bemba they say ukwikata impupu ni pakuboko (you can only catch a thief in the act). If the opposition really wanted to use this land issue as a basis for impeaching the president, they should have waited until after the commencement of construction. As it is, there is no activity on site. Its just bare land (a bush)as explained by Amos Chanda. And if we assume that it is a gift as revealed by the minister of information, we shall never know if the president intended to accept that gift and let alone to develop it. So it will be very difficult to impeach him due to lack of evidence. The 10 points raised Hon Kambwili cannot stand as evidence court because all needs to do is to visit the site in Swaziland and they will find nothing. Just a bush. Even the presence of drawings cannot help…

    • what kind of thinking is this? are you saying land or a bush has no value? In your thinking value is only created when one starts building? The design shows that the building design belongs to the President of Zambia (who therefore accepted the gift) that was to be constructed on a piece of land that obviously has value, particularly in a country short of land

  45. He has talked about the gift of land as being between the two leaders, how about the land that was given to this nincompoop? Was it between him and King Muswati as well? From what this gullible has said concerning this bribery of land, he has not uttered a single word concerning his so called gift. This moron Chanda thinks that we are stupid. Tell us how a kapalala like can qualify to be given land when the vise president has not received any? That RDA that you goons have taken to state house is a conduit for corruption, grand larceny, pilfering, kickbacks for personal aggrandizement. The attorney general should come in and explain how a spokesperson can receive gifts worth millions at government expense. Nonsense.

  46. Twikatane you must go back to school. If a title did is prepared & issued in your name what does entail from your lowly understanding? A title is a legal document that on its own qualifies in any legal conflict & this is why a title deed once issued requires consents of both parties that is the buyer & the vendor. So Bwana Twikatane do a research & learn more on the subject of a Title deed. A Title deed once once issued entails that the names of the bearer on the title is the rightful owner of the plot, land or property hence forth it qualifies as evidence in any courts of Law.

  47. Coma abena Zambia we are docile, we will just let this matter go. My worry is where are the MPs who should question this in Parliament and possibly start impeachment proceeding. The President has been caught pants down, he should have disclosed the gift when it was given not now have to explain it after drawings were leaked. We thought Rupiah and FTJ were bad, this one takes the cake.
    Rupian Banda please we are so sorry for any offensive statements we made please come back.

  48. What I believe in is this are just propaganda against lungu because I for one I see no problem for someone as head of state to be given a plot someone must tell me where and what is wrong

    • Since you ask, gifts on such large scale may be used to buy influence and can represent a form of corruption.

      To avoid such perceptions, heads of state typically do not receive large gifts from foreign leaders in their personal capacity but on behalf of the State. In the US, gifts received by the President are handed to the National Archives. In the UK, ministers may only keep gifts valued less than 140 pounds. Anything above this must be handed to the Treasury.

      Now, do you think Mr. Lungu plans to hand his gift to the Zambian people or keep it for himself?

    • A head of state being given a plot of land that belonged to a company that has been awarded major road contracts ……and you see nothing wrong ??

  49. So if this is not costing Zambia a single ngwee, I trust that Mr. Lungu will now declare the very generous gift he received to ZRA and pay all due taxes to the State.

    Sure-sure?

  50. The more this guy opens his mouth ,the more Zambians believe he is telling lies .How can he say not a cent of tax payers will be spent on Lungu Mansion in Swaziland. The truth is this guy and other scum bags went to Swaziland on tax payer account even pretending to be attending a ceremony when in fact they were looking for bangs .

  51. Titus Musankwa: I agree that it was a mistake to vote RB out because he was much, much better than both MCS and ECL. Kambwili has just revealed that ECL reversed the corrupt Kasumbalesa border project deal that Sata had stopped.

  52. These are the consequences when a country has no rule of law. A head of state in the forefront flouting the law.

  53. The said land that was given to president lungu as a gift is titled land owned by Inyatsi construction.How possible is this?

  54. Ba Amos, it will take time for Lungu to be charged and arrested because of the immunity he has. But for you I’m sorry and you may end up like Richard Sakala. Ndeku chenjeshako fye mwaiche wand.

  55. B R Mumba,
    Where are you hiding, why are you not saying something on this scandal? Shame on you bootlicking pretender.

  56. The more this guy opens his mouth ,the more Zambians believe he is telling lies .How can he say that not a cent of tax payers money will be spent on Lungu’s Mansion in Swaziland. The truth is , this guy and other scum bags went to Swaziland on tax payer account even pretending to be attending a ceremony when in fact they were looking for bangs . How may building projects are as a result of bangs Mr Chanda ?

  57. All gifts to the President and other GRZ workers MUST be declared and handed over to the State.
    Edgar fired a Police Commissioner for receiving a car from a mine.
    Mr President, Zambia will take care of you and family for your remaining life.
    Do not give opposition more grounds for impeachment then we can not protect you.
    SURRENDER THAT LAND TO THE STATE NOW PLEASE whether given in error.

  58. According to Chief Chikanta of Kalomo, if the Swazi king gave the land to Lungu in his personal capacity as Edgar Chagwa Lungu and not as president of the Republic of Zambia, then the question of impropriety cannot arise because traditional leaders can give land as a gift to anybody, whether foreigner or not.

    So please let’s not make mountains out of molehills.

    • Read the ethics and code of ministers ad President . No one is supposed to accept gifts to such a magnitude while wearing the title of a minister of President .Such gifts are supposed to be declared and passed on to the people of Zambia. Lungu is on record for having fired the chief police officer for the copperbelt for receiving a car as gift in her capacity as copperbelt police chief . The same Lungu may have received a bang in form of a mansion in his capacity as a President.

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