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I’m Clean and Ready to Testify over my role in the Privatization of Zambia Cold storage-President Lungu

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President Edgar Lungu addressing a gathering on arrival at South Down Airport in Kalulushu District
President Edgar Lungu addressing a gathering on arrival at South Down Airport in Kalulushu District

President Edgar Lungu says he is clean and ready to testify over his role in the privatization of Zambia Cold storage.

The President whose spokesperson admitted early this week that he was a negotiating Chairman in the privatization of Keembe storage said he has not yet made a decision on whether to set up a Public and Judge led Inquiry into the privatization of companies.

He said he has taken note of the calls being made by various stakeholders for him to set up the inquiry but that he will only do so if he is convinced that there is need to.

President Lungu said there is no position yet on the matter but some people in government feel that there is need to set up the inquiry because he has been implicated in the matter.

“I’ve also been implicated that I sold the Cold Storage Board and that I pocketed the money but am clean and am ready to testify”, President Lungu said at City Airport shortly before departure for the Copperbelt where he is scheduled to open the PF conference tomorrow.

President Lungu said Cabinet will be presented with the matter and will decide on the way forward because he cannot make the decision alone.

State House spokesperson Amos Chanda recently called for a public and judge-led inquiry into the privatization of companies where an opposition politician has been named.

Mr. Chanda said President Lungu did not sale the Keembe storage to himself, or relatives and friends.

And commenting on the dialogue, President Lungu said he is ready to participate in the process once the three Church Mother Bodies and the Zambia Center for Interparty Dialogue put their house in order.

He said the two parties currently don’t seem to have their house in order.

President Edgar Lungu addressing a gathering on arrival at South Down Airport in Kalulushu District
President Edgar Lungu addressing a gathering on arrival at South Down Airport in Kalulushu District

74 COMMENTS

    • With Lungu’s history, you cant trust that he is clean. Anyways, he is the president and nothing can happen to him even if we find out that he pocketed some money. WASTE OF TIME INQUIRY>>

    • HH is not clean. He amassed wealthy through privatisation, that Bweengwa boy of humble beginning. Why is everyone in UPND scared of Judge led inquiry. Something fishy. Someone must be prosecuted for wrong things they did

    • – Lungu got his paycheck from privatization & invested it in brown bottles
      – HH invested his paycheck in cattle.
      By 2011 HH had become one of the wealthiest zambian, being the biggest supplier to Zambeef.
      By 2011 Lungu was a destitute living in a garage of chawama MP Lawrence Sichalwe.
      This privatization enquiry is a jealous witch-hunt targeting HH using the rotten judiciary. Its also an attempt to divert attention from retrenchments at Kalumbila & upcoming huge economic negative impact from sales tax

    • @OVAL HEAD, analytically Lungu thinks like you. He has someone in mind who is dirty. I hope isn’t thinking of HH.

      @Mushota, HH is clean, pure, and simple. Zambia need him for the job.

    • Lungu knows now that HH s call for inquiry is ever drawing nearer because HH wants this matter settled once and all. Its been broken record political gimmick over used by PF.

      Now Lungu is afraid to set up an inquiry that might implicate him. HH knew how involved Lungu was kept quiet all along. But PF poked him constantly.

      Suppose HH valued cold storage at $3million and the Lungu the sale negotiator agreed to sale it at $1million. Who sold the cold storage for a song ? Clearly you can see that the sale negotiator is actually the one with the final say as to the sale of an asset than the valuer who merely gives the professional advice based on the total assets and goodwill less liabilities.

      Therefore Lungu actually sold cold storage while HH just valued it.

      Value of company =…

    • Suppose HH valued cold storage at $3million and the Lungu the sale negotiator agreed to sale it at $1million. Who sold the cold storage for a song ? Clearly you can see that the sale negotiator is actually the one with the final say as to the sale of an asset than the valuer who merely gives the professional advice based on the total assets and goodwill less liabilities.

      Therefore Lungu actually sold cold storage while HH just valued it.

      Value of company = [total assets + business potential(Goodwill)]-Liabilities(nkongole)

    • Thanks to my repeated statements on (HH) dubious wealth which he got from Privatization. Thanks to my repeated requests for an inquiry we are finally seeing it come to life. An inquiry will be launched and it will help us know who did what. Who stole what.
      Next after this we need to find out about his Free Massonry and Satanism.
      Next after that we need to find out about his involvement with the mercenaries from South Africa who wanted to take over our mineral wealth by sponsoring UPND.

    • You are bloody not that is why LAZ found you wanting for stealing your client’s money .Why are you jumping before you are even pushed ?

    • spaka making multiple accounts trying to defend HH. Zambia is about to start vetting politicians. We in the FDD approve of this move. losing our mines to crooks like that Indian dude and the quantum chaps has cost us billions. We need untainted people to run our country’s affairs. President Lungu is not afraid of an inquiry, why are you in the UPND scampering at Zambia knowing whom stole its wealth?

    • Chiluba said he was clean but his own people in Ndola chased him and said he was a thief! A former bus conductor. Lungu store from a widow even before he became a President, Mulifipuba? Come on guys!

    • So it’s up to Lungu to set up this investigation or not? Are you kidding me? How can a suspect decide whether he should be investigated or not? Come on people get serious. Bipartisan parliament should decide whether to launch an investigation or not, together with ACC, and also all concerned Zambians. We the ordinary Zambians are the ones who suffered the consequences of this thievery. And we demand that all the culprits (bandits) be brought to book. Make sure the investigation is independent of Lungu’s influence. That’s the only way the investigation will be considered effective. Otherwise, it will just be a waste of time and resources, if Lungu is allowed to call the shots. Lungu and HH, and many others are suspects, and they shouldn’t participate in organizing the…

    • … investigation. Please get serious. Why you allow the President to be acting like a King? Zambia is a Republic and not a monarchy.

  1. Thanks sir for your position, but records will be more convincing. That is just but one issue of public concern. We will need your political will and government support to clear all issues like Fire Tender procurement, Ambulances Procurement, Awarding contracts, securing of public loan etc

  2. Before any one declares how clean they are, let the prospective Commission of Inquiry take its course. It will be an exercise in futility if all people who participated in privatization process start declaring their cleanliness before the commission is constituted. It is not about how clean or dirty someone is. It is about how the process went. Who benefited dubiously from the process? Who took undue advantage of the process owing to naivety and porous the process was? Innocence should be declared after the commission of inquiry has exonerated every one who took part in the process. It is frivolous, at law, to declare oneself clean before the due process commences. Everyone who participated in the privatization process will start claiming innocence. It will render the whole process null…

  3. If an “ordinary citizen” who was not even in government, not even as a District Administrator, can be blamed for privatizing national assets then that individual must be great…. So I would rather have that individual for president.

    • America is suffering under the weight of Trump. Zambia is to cash poor to risk a crook tainted with privatization to rule it. A purported mason at that. Zambia needs young energetic minds to carry it into the future.

  4. It is good that he knows where he stands in this matter. The louder the calls, the more the need to to open an inquiry. Coming to terms with a rather shady part of Zambia’s political history that resulted in hasty decisions where a few people got too much while the rest got none is clearly in the country’s own best interest.

  5. We are in the middle of a deep turbulent and stormmy sea. The very pillars of our hope for survival is ripping apart, our ship captain and the captain in waiting don’t seem to have a clean safety record . Enquiry or not we will not recover from the death dealing blow evil privatization dealt into our limbs. Our survival in the ship is uncertain as long as the drivers and potential drivers of the ship continue to be linked to past fatal ship accidents. Unfortunately even outside the crew, their seem to be no safe hands

    • Let the ship disintegrate… they will be survivors on rafters.

      Due process is due process. You break the law, let the law visit you and either declare you innocent of incarcerate you.

      Let’s roll!!!!

  6. The Inquiry talk has unsettled the UPND and all its supporters because HH is not clean. This is reason they are talking against it on social media. If HH was clean, he would have welcomed it as an opportunity to clear his name with Zambians once and for all. This privatisation talk has haunted HH every election and many Zambians don’t trust him to lead Zambia. The revealed figures by students also made it clear something was wrong with some purchases of things like Hotels.so big up Lungu but move beyond the talk and set up Inquiry

    • @CALEB U ARE DULL MAN WITH NO BRAINS HH IS VERY SMART UNLIKE UR DRUNK MAN WITH NO PLAN FOR ZAMBIA WAIT FOR INQUIRY AND SEE HOW IS IT WILL GO, THEY ARE SHOOTING THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT.

    • James you are dull like (HH). The person you call drunk is forever winning elections and you’re always losing. You all think you’re smart. (HH) dribbled the MMD government and took his loot to Panama. Just sit back and watch how this COI will blow up in your faces makaks.

  7. Lelo ati “Help is on the way” after mambala achita under value ma assets ya ziko yathu. This person is greedy, pompous, selfish and evil. Anaba kuna kwana. Enjoy the money you stole from us but your concious will never be clear elo naise vote tizakutana.

  8. At least ECL has broken his silence and he is ready to testify over the role he played in the privatization of cold storage unlike HH who is still mute over this issue, they say the guilty ones are always afraid, he is afraid to speak out about his role in the privitisation of ZCCM assets, lima bank, mus-o-tunya hotel, luanshya mine etc. We Zambians want to know what transpired during the sale of state owned enterprises which resulted in some culprits becoming billionaires overnight and victims mostly miners were sent to their early graves. To make matters worse the most culprit HH has even hidden his loot outside the country to camouflage his illegally gotten wealth, and he is eyeing for presidency to come and finish off the remaining state owned assets, HH is ethically bankrupt.

    • To the contrary HH has on many occasions challenged PF and MMD to set up an inquiry or take him to court to clean his record.

      But MMD and PF has been reluctant because big guys like Sata, ECL and many others would be implicated.

      PF is in self destructive mode. From president insulting Bembasas thieves to deciding to open an inquiry which will just implicate ECL but exonerate HH at last. HH is clean compared to ECL.

    • What is this debarred thriving lawyer going to say, the chap is convicted thief yet people want him to be clean, bottom line the moron is a thief, the fcuker has long fingers, what is he going to tell us…where he spent the money drinking because clearly he didn’t invest just confirmation of how dull the chap is…. He will explain which bar he visited and which Hu!e’s he spent the money on, the moron has no morals

  9. We have no strong institutions to probe whatever transpired. Fix the judicially and insure it’s Independence then we will know the truth.

  10. We have no strong institutions to probe whatever transpired. Fix the judicially and insure it’s Independence then we will know the truth. If anything, the mismanagement of public resource is still ongoing.

  11. Obviously any enquiry set up by ECL can never find him guilty. You can’t rule against the appointing authority. Such an enquiry if any should only be set up after he leaves office.

  12. Set a precedent at your own peril, be prepared for a similar exercise once you relinquish power no matter how long it takes

    • We are actually hoping such enquiries are the order of the day… this will deter would be thieves and anyone thinking and doing what the *****s you call leaders are doing, will begin to take the queue to Chimbokaila.

      Make no mistake, it is good for Zambia

      Let’s roll?

  13. The Inquiry will just be a waste of people’s time and money. The sad part is that the powers that be have already aquitted themselves, a direct threat to would be Commissioners. Someone who has always been quiet about his participation in the privatization program, until the name mysteriously appeared in social media might burn his own fingers in the process. When you point a finger at your neighbor just know the rest are pointing at you. Was shocked to see his name there in the first place.

    • HE IS PLAYING GAMES, ONCE THE REPORT IS HANDED OVER TO HIM HE WILL EITHER DOCTOR IT OR SIMPLY SHELVE IT. THE LAW DOES NOT COMPILE HIM TO PUBLISH THE FINDINGS EVEN IF HE DOES NOT LIKE THE CONTENTS.

  14. You have pretended always as if you never sold companies and now that you are implicated your vuvuzelas who thought you never did have changed goal posts trying to justify your pretence. The fact that you participated means that some people lost jobs when the company was sold.people are able to dig information when pressed sir soon they will tell us how much you got.

    • @ Mwansa.. really laughable

      Africa holds the view that other Civilizations are better than ourselves. If HH is innocent, we shall know and we shall elect him as our president because ECL would have been found out.

      This should be good news… no?

      Let’s Roll

  15. 1.Who brought the idea of selling parastatle companies?
    2.Was HH in govt?
    3.Was he seating in cabinet meetings?
    4.Ngalicipisha,where was the republican president & his cabinet ministers?
    5.1st kolonganikeni ba 4mer mmd ministers bakatupeleko ka leakage of what transpired.
    I need answeres from those who’re 4 the idea of an inquiry.

    • @ 21

      That is not the issue… the issue here is abuse of office. If one has no morals they should never be anywhere near the presidency, they get disqualified.

      We know HH did not bring the idea of privatisation but we are alleging that he abused his office, and that is a crime…

      If this is not a crime let the courts say so and we shall elect him as our next president

  16. He wont cooperate

    Were you the one setting the price

    Answer: No comment

    Do you shares in southern sun the hotel you privatised

    Answer: No comment

    Did mukuni acquire shares in southern sun

    Answer: No comment

    QUESTION. Do you have an account in Panama

    Answer: NO COMMENT

    End of inquiry hehehe. Hes smart

  17. How come lungu is comming out saying because he has been implicated ,

    but he was implicted in stealing after 18 months in office after he decleared personal $2.3 million, did he say anything ??

    He was implicated in 42/42 , reciving $5 million kickback, did he say anything ??

    he was implicated in inyatsi land , did he say anything ??

    He has been constantly implicated in corruption, has he said anything ??

    For some reason lungu thinks the privertisation saga is more important than all else he has been accused of….we know why….

  18. Well, let’s look at the corruption on the useless $1,000,000 fire engines and the mansions in Swaziland and many other scandals

  19. Iyo ba under5 mulinomwenso na kama wamuyayaya wenu…! Lets hear him say something his rival ecl has spoken? Mwikala patalala ……!!!

  20. People lost jobs,others were given as little asK60 after some companies were declared redundant as a result they died of depression, their girl children became prostitutes while their boys became thieves and street beggars .A lot of people stole, some people stole less others store mercilessly and became overnight billionaires and are now claiming to be the only savior that can fix our economy. To me they are just looking for another chance to plunder the economy.We all know that when a thief breaks into a house and steal a lot of money,that thief will not resist the temptation of coming
    back to steal more .Why can’t he be like Dangote ? Set up manufacturing companies and reduce unemployment. Of course he can he is used to quicker ways of making money. We want the law to visit…

  21. @Maloza, how true is that statement that EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU NOW THE PRESIDENT, LIVED IN LAWRENCE SICHALWE’S GARAGE IN CHAWAMA AS HIS HOUSE?
    Plse Kudos defend or affirm this statement.

  22. We sincerely hope that this prospective commission of inquiry will have judicial powers and those testifying will do so under oath. I sincerely hope this entire exercise is not targetted at HH or meant to disadvantage him at the 2021 elections. Now the Lungu is eligible for 2021, it seems the PF electoral machine is out to politically HH who has always stood on integrity. Should that commission be instituted, HH’s integrity and decisions he made in the past will be tested.

  23. SOME PEOPLE IN ZAMBIA ARE SUCH A DULL GUYS WHO CAN NOT CHANGE THEIR THINKING EVEN WHEN THERE IS TRUTH, THEY WILL STICK TO THE WRONG SIDE. IF ECL DOES NOT SUPPORT THE DIALOGUE, HOW CAN HE GO FOR THE ENQUIRY WHICH WILL CATCH ON HIM WHEN HE HAS ALREADY BEEN EXPOSED BY THE INFORMATION WHICH WAS HIDING HIM? IF HE CAN NOT MAKE ANY INQUIRY ON THE IMPORTANT ISSUE OF ECZ ( ELECTRAL COMMISSION OF ZAMBIA) THE SO CALLED BIAS AND STOLEN VOTES, DO YOU THINK HE CAN DO THE RIGHT THING?

  24. How many of you used to listen to kalindula music, who sang that beautiful song “imisango ya kwa chairman”. How does one forget he was also part and parcel of the privatisation negotiating team? Imisango shakwa chairman oooh.

  25. Even in the bible king David sined against God,By sleeping with Bethsebah someone’s wife,Killing his husband as well, murder, after some years God made an inquiry in the matter and David was found,matters where settled. Even in this issue, whether it has taken years, a wrong is a wrong,pass of time does not free someone from wrongs he did unless reproved. The Bible say even after resurrection we will be judged for what we did, then why can’t we judge someone for what he has done. Do the right thing and the truth will set you free.

  26. If we see nothing wrong with a sitting president continue doing business with taxpayer money to enhance the PF, I don’t think he should be worried about inquiry into sale off cold storage he will be found to be telling the truth.

    “President Lungu said at City Airport shortly before departure for the Copperbelt where he is scheduled to open the PF conference tomorrow.“

  27. Let them set up a inquiry, it’s a welcome move,like my president (HH) has said. No one in UPND who is scared coz we know that HH is clean as snow.

  28. HE NEEDS TO STEP DOWN TO ALLOW FOR AN INDEPENDENT INQUIRY….HE CANT APPEAR BEFORE THE INQUIRY AND ALSO CLAIM PRESIDENTIAL PROTECTION AND IMMUNITY…
    LIKE JACOB ZUMA ,HE MUST RESIGN.

  29. Don’t worry Mr Lungu you are clean in privitatisation but we shall come up with a commission of inquiry on fire tenders and ensure terms of reference cover eSwantni saga and stealing from a widow as a lawyer. It may be after 2021 we don’t care.

  30. Ati he ( PF) has been winning elections !! what a joke or miscarriage of truth. The truth is that the two last elections in 2015 and 2016 were stolen or rigged.

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