President Lungu is off to Kenya as Amos Chanda says he never received the FIC report

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President Edgar Lungu confers with Vice President Inonge Wina before departure for Kenya for a private visit at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
President Edgar Lungu confers with Vice President Inonge Wina before departure for Kenya for a private visit at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport

President Edgar Lungu has this afternoon left for a private visit to Kenya at the invitation of his counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta. According to his Special Assistant for Press and Private relations Amos Chanda, the president is expected to be back over the weekend.

Meanwhile, Mr Amos Chanda told journalists at the Airport that the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) has not submitted its report to the office of the President and that the President only heard of the report on Social media. Mr Chanda said that the 2017 Trends Report was instead rendered to civil society and member of the general public.

“No such reports have been given to him by the Auditor General’s office, Zambia Revenue Authority, or any law enforcement agencies,” Chanda said. “…the FIC Report was not even given to the supervising ministry, Ministry of Finance.”

Mr Chanda said that President Lungu said that he regrets that particular details of the FIC findings are with civil society and that heads of civil society boasted at a public forum held at Kapingila House in Lusaka on Wednesday, that the would embark on a “name and shame” campaign as details of the investigations of the financial crimes were given to them.

Mr Chanda further said that the president was not aware that public money was lost due to tax evasion, fraud, theft and corruption as no such reports have been given to him by the Auditors General’s office, Zambia Revenue Authority, or any law enforcement agencies., and that the FIC Report was not even given to the supervising ministry, the Ministry of Finance.

Mr Chanda further said that it was unfair for civil society to place a burden on the president to act on a report that he has never seen or been submitted to him.

Mr Chanda said that, if the report was meant to be given to law enforcement agencies and competent authorities for action, it could have been given, but added that maybe the sole purpose of rendering the Report to the public, was to cause embarrassment to government, whose purpose has since been achieved.

The Financial Intelligence Act of 2010 (as amended in 2016), directs the FIC Director to submit the report to law enforcement agencies and competent authorities such the Zambia Revenue Authority, Minister of Finance and the Head of State.

The 2017 Trends Report, was launched at Radison Blue by Attorney General Likando Kalaluka as Chairperson of the Anti-Money laundering Authority and FIC Director, Mary Chirwa-Tshuma.

President Edgar Lungu confers with Vice President Inonge Wina before departure for Kenya for a private visit at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
President Edgar Lungu confers with Vice President Inonge Wina before departure for Kenya for a private visit at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
President Edgar Lungu confers with Her Honour the Vice-President, Mrs Inonge Wina at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport shortly before departure for a Private Visit to Kenya at the invitation of His counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Thursday, 14th June, 2018. Pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza/State House
President Edgar Lungu confers with Her Honour the Vice-President, Mrs Inonge Wina at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport shortly before departure for a Private Visit to Kenya at the invitation of His counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Thursday, 14th June, 2018. Pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza/State HousePresident Edgar Lungu confers with Her Honour the Vice-President, Mrs Inonge Wina at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport shortly before departure for a Private Visit to Kenya at the invitation of His counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Thursday, 14th June, 2018. Pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza/State House
President Edgar Lungu bids farewell to   Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo before departure for Kenya for a private visit at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
President Edgar Lungu bids farewell to Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo before departure for Kenya for a private visit at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
President Edgar Lungu bids farewell to   Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo before departure for Kenya for a private visit at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
President Edgar Lungu confers Patriotic party Secretary General Davis Mwila before departure for Kenya for a private visit at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.looking on is Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo
President Edgar Lungu confers Patriotic party Secretary General Davis Mwila  before departure for Kenya for a private visit at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.looking on is Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo
President Edgar Lungu confers Patriotic party Secretary General Davis Mwila before departure for Kenya for a private visit at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.looking on is Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo
President Edgar Lungu with His Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Mr Amos Chanda at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport before departure for a Private Visit to Kenya at the invitation of His counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Thursday, 14th June, 2018. Pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza/State House
President Edgar Lungu with His Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Mr Amos Chanda at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport before departure for a Private Visit to Kenya at the invitation of His counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Thursday, 14th June, 2018. Pictures by Eddie Mwanaleza/State House
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51 COMMENTS

    • Think before u comment Mushota even if You are doing it to generate fury! What kind of absurdity and anomaly are you ?

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    • We just been witnesssing protests in Kenyan Parliament about Kenyans coaching Zambian MPs how to do corruption.
      Maybe Ba Lungu is going to beat them up

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    • Dear Edgar Lungu,
      Could you kindly tell us why you became President Of Zambia? Are you not afraid of going down in history as the most corrupt, incompetent Zambian President in history after FTJ? What keeps you awake at night when you are sober? What have those Advisers got on you?
      I look forward to your response.

      Kind Regards
      Jay Jay

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    • ……..left for a follow up to learn how to fight corruption! Hahahahahaha. Kikikikiki!

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  1. Foo.lish!! So what was his top legal adviser the attorney General doing there officiating at the release of the FIC report is he saying AG is incompetent or he was unaware that even his AG was there ??? And AG doesn’t update or regularly meet him on legal issues??? Take this madness away twapapata please

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    • They treat Zambians like children….When has Lazy Lungu ever made findings of any report public even the Commision of Inquiry in electoral violence was a farce simply a waste of taxpayers funds to pay his friends.
      They want to turn the spotlight on the FIC board and its not working…

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  2. To quote; “Mr Chanda further said that the president was not aware that public money was lost due to tax evasion, fraud, theft and corruption as no such reports have been given to him by the Auditors General’s office, Zambia Revenue Authority, or any law enforcement agencies.,”

    What a lot of further bu.ll from the mouth piece! Year after year we have the Auditor General’s report with details of misappropriated money and the depts. and ministries involved. The President has no inkling of such reports? What a country, what a President and what a regime!

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  3. Really lauaghable even the 42×42 debacle…Lazy Lungu claimed never knew about…ask him what needs restocking in the State House bar he will tell you.
    It doesnt make any difference if he saw it as we know he wouldnt do anything with it.

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  4. “Meanwhile, Mr Amos Chanda told journalists at the Airport that the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) has not submitted its report to the office of the President and that the President only heard of the report on Social media”.That answer from ka ugly chanda is predisposed with stupidity followed by copulation of ignorance and stubbornness.If you heard Cholera or Ebola on social media do you wait for the pandemic report to be submitted to state house? When HH, CK or Saviour Chishimba attacks ECL and government do you wait for the report to reach state house or you hit back with tu ma headed state house memo?This shows lack of seriousness and the likes of Amos Chanda are totally thick as two short planks,rather pig-ignorant coz you are the jerks misleading the president to ignore…

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    • CONT’D…
      This shows lack of seriousness and the likes of Amos Chanda are totally thick as two short planks,rather pig-ignorant coz you are the jerks misleading the president to ignore sensitive issues which boarder on public interest and stakeholders.Why are you trying to ignore and run away from something.The president needs ethical handlers who handle crisis otherwise there is real PR crisis both in the PF,state house, and GRZ. It is their own making. Amos & GRZ should have expressed remorse, pledge to take action to prevent the sh!t from happening again, and follow up with an announcement about what it was doing to solve the underlying issue.The crisis-management playbook is pretty simple: Get ahead of the story, update authorities and the public regularly, accept responsibility…

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    • CONT’D…
      “The crisis-management playbook is pretty simple: Get ahead of the story, update authorities and the public regularly, accept responsibility and take decisive action.the response is reactive rather than proactive. But they don’t seem to learn from mistakes, don’t really seem to care. Chifundo ine hope you are not meeting architectures in Kenya like in eSwatini…

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  5. Why u didn’t give him? U mean he doesn’t ready papers? Give him the document to read by himself. He is going to KENYA so that he reconcile with Tonga HH

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    • He going to Kenya as there is nothing in his in-tray…he is using GRZ Helicopter, GRZ Challenger and he states he is going to a Private visit..Lazy Lungu do you not see anything wrong with everyone escorting you?
      Zambia has no President….just a toothless figure head!!!

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    • Its a private visit using government resources. Now that you found out about eSwatini land, this time he will get it another Kenya..and Zambians have no chance to argue. The man has got Zambians for granted, he knows they cant do anything. Sad.

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    • general Kanene – Imagine Trump getting on Air Force One, then stating that he is going on a Private visit to Mexico…this man has no concept or gravity what it entails to be Head of State…this is a lazy chap who sent Thursday to Sunday in Mongu campaigning …

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  6. Why should everyone be escorting this Lazy Thing to the Airport as if they dont see him at State House…what private visit is he going for in Kenya, you are a Head of State…there is no such thing.
    Zambians wake up!!

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  7. Nothing adds up here its such a waste.Now if it’s a private visit to Kenya Bwana Lungu why involve all these many public servants at taxpayers expense?

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  8. As I have stated elsewhere, Zambia is a country of laws, not of men, if I may borrow late president Mwanawasa’s phrase. Let me emphasize, even at the risk of making myself hoarse, that the FIC report is NOT evidence but simply raw unverified intelligence. People in Zambia are not convicted on mere allegations but on proven facts which the FIC report is not. The FIC report can only become evidence if the allegations contained therein are investigated and verified by a law enforcement agency like the DEC, ACC or indeed the police. LET US ADMIT THAT THE FIC MADE A BIG MISTAKE BY RELEASING ITS FINDINGS TO THE PUBLIC AS IF IT WAS A LAW- ENFORCEMENT AGENCY. THERE ARE NO TWO WAYS ABOUT IT.

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    • “….The FIC report can only become evidence if the allegations contained therein are investigated and verified by a law enforcement agency like the DEC, ACC or indeed the police….”

      Eerrrrrr…..what of the last 2 AGs reports showing massive abuse of public funds ??

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    • You are conflicted within yourself. No one is saying the FIC report is evidence. Everyone is saying there are strong allegations within the report that need to be followed up to a conclusion up to and including prosecution. It is therefore up to Law Enforcement Agencies now to follow through

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  9. Lungu is a fraud ,he’s privatizing gains (eSwatini mansion) and making transport costs to these places aka eSwatini & Kenya a public cost affair.

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  10. By the time lungu finishers with Zambia , the corruption and stealing will rival the old Zaire ………

    If lungu had a chance , corruption would be legalised….
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  11. Fi UPND muzakota cimibaba!!!The ECL you call names daily is loved by us majority Zambians!!!just last week ECL’s party PF recorded a 7-0 victory in by elections,so dont you feel ashamed?Soon we will be electing a Lusaka mayor and whoever PF shall adopt will 100% win it!!!THEY SAY IF YOU CANT BEAT THEM,JOIN THEM!!!MULENGA SATA HAS JUST REJOINED US TODAY.HENCE,YOU ARE FREE TO DO THE SAME THAN YAPPING IN A KAINDE’S5 PARTY UPND FOREVER!!!
    FIC did not follow rules and and from Amos Chanda’s statement above,it is clear that FIC Director’s job is gone.WE WILL NOW JUST WAIT TO SEE KAMBWILI PROTESTING NAKED ALONG CAIRO ROAD AS HE PROMISED US AND HOPE CK WONT FAINT-KKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!
    Come 2021 ni PF nafuti nafuti!!!

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  12. What? So why is no one talking about firing the Attorney General too? Or are they both fired as soon as the President returns?

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  13. He is going to look for land in Kenya! This President is ALWAYS on private business! That is why he runs Zambia as a private kantemba!
    This is the biggest joker Zambia has ever produced!

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  14. The president joins the parliamentarians in Kenya to learn how to address corruption. Hope he will ask president Kenyata how he finds it possible to take polical opponents as brothers and for president Kenyata, it should not take him a year to tell a brother I am sorry. Not even Trump and Kim but Zambian Lungu once he hates someone that is it.We hope president Kenyata will pump some sense in this christian president who find pride in persecuting others. In Kenya no treason for illigal inauguration while using same road to return to the same city is serious case under Lungu.

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  15. Even the Auditor General’s report is full of unverified raw data. Those are just allegations. The report should be handed to law enforcement agencies ACC, DEC and ZP to investigate and prosecute.

    What FIC did was uncalled for and they just want to embarrass government.
    That will not be tolerated!!!!

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  16. My brother Spaka, your reaction to my comment on the status of the three Supreme Court judges does not alter anything. Yes, the last two AG’s reports talk of massive abuse of public resources..but those are just allegations which need to be proved before a court of law to secure the conviction of the culprits. in Zambia one doesn’t just stand on the rooftop and scream: ” Spaka is a corrupt thief!” The question is, can you prove it? I still stand by my statement that there was no corruption involved in the case concerning Stanbic and Savenda. The allegations made against the three Supreme Court judges are not only false but highly malicious.

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    • kanamaso kakubeka

      That is my point by quoting the last 2 AGs reports……you say let the investigative wings investigate ? Like how they have investigated the abuse of funds quoted in the AGs reports you mean ?…..no investigations

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  17. Sorry I meant to say that I still stand by my statement that the FIC made a mistake by publishing its report to the public because they are not a law-enforcement agency. My reference to the case of Stanbic and Savenda was in response to another post elsewhere.

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  18. The FIC DG has failed in her duties. She is incompetent and has ulterior motives. She does not deserve the position of DG. NEXT, we want to see Kambwili parade himself naked as he promised. I’ll be there with my zoom lenses. The social media must brace itself for a viral spread of CK’s video in his birth day suit. SHAMELESS MAN. Even his family will condemn him for that, though we know that he was lying as he always does. In any case, the Police must be ready to effect an arrest for indecent exposure, because madness knows no limits.

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  19. Lungu has resumed his Globe trotting acrobatics. He wanted us to cool down a little especially that most of us forget easily. Next destination, Russia!

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  20. Safe journey Mr. President. Hanimo Farm wishes Harm on you but he projects it on you as though you are the one wishing evil against the HaDemonic. Stay focused Mr. President. We love you and you have shamed them with what you are doing all over Zambia. God’s blessings.

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