Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo on a familiarization tour of City Market Market and part of Lusaka CBD
Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo on a familiarization tour of City Market Market and part of Lusaka CBD

Lusaka Province Minister Hon Bowman Chilosha Lusambo has rubbished suggestion that he made comments insinuating that he was in support of looting of public funds.

In a statement Mr Lusambo said that desperate individuals, in attempt to misinform and peddle lies, had doctored a 4 seconds video extracted from his recent appearance on Radio Phoenix’s “Let the People Talk” to insinuate that he made comments that supported the looting of public funds.

Mr Lusambo said that he will not be detracted by desperate individuals and vile online platforms run by what he described as ignorant fugitives who are targeting him and hoping to earn some cheap political scores.

Mr Lusamboa further said that the manipulators edited the answer he was offering to a question on the issue of lifestyle audits for public officials.

“In my response I stated that if Ministers indeed do steal, how then do they end up as paupers after leaving office? I also posed a question to the effect that, from the UNIP days to the present day, how many Ex Ministers have we read about being reduced to paupers after leaving office?” asked Lusambo.

Mr Lusambo reiterated that he does not condone stealing of public funds.

“As a Provincial Minister, I do not have access to public funds as my office is not a spending agency. And even if I had access, I would never dip my fingers in public coffers.

“I am focused on my role of serving the Zambian people as member of parliament for the good people of Kabushi and Lusaka Province as Minister. I shall not be detracted by desperate individuals and vile online platforms run by ignorant fugitives who are targeting me hoping to earn some cheap political scores.”

Mr Lusambo said that the Zambian Society has laughed at such numerous stories of how people that served as Ministers in Zambia have been reduced to nothing upon leaving office.

“So my question was, if indeed Ministers are thieves, doesn’t it then follow that they steal so that they live better lives in future? How can you then explain the existence of poor Ex Ministers but you continue accusing current ones of amassing wealth? It simply doesn’t sit well!

“That was the context in which I made those comments which have now been maliciously edited to impute that I was supporting corruption. The said clip is a 4 seconds cheap attempt at distorting facts.”

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37 COMMENTS

  1. On his interview he mentioned that when you are stealing you are stealing for the future so that you can have a better life. This is confirmation that stealing is undeniable by these ministers.

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    • Did this lusambo complete grade 9 even?

      His type of dullness is dangerous. He can not even count what he is stealing. He does not know how much is enough.

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    • Hon. Lusambo, then explain how you suddenly can donate 160,000 and all those sacks of mealie meal. Explain how you suddenly have all those cars and houses. Explain how you are suddenly wealthy when just a few years ago before being appointed you where living in a squalor.
      Explain the time you where promising that chinese woman that you would secure favour with the president based on the flag on your government car.

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    • What about the recent 1.5 million kwacha donations to his constituency, can Lusambo please confirm the source of this large amount if it wasn’t stolen money?

      God bless Zambia.

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    • First week of Miles Sampa as mayor he was abducted by gang members in-charge of land distribution in Lusaka. Miles went public with his pistol, threatening to shoot gang members. just to realize some top PF members like Lusambo are controllers of those gangs.
      Lusambo was transferred from Copper-belt to go back and control the Lusaka gangs. One renegade gang member well known to Lusambo was Kasongo, he was axed in Luanshya.
      All Lusaka gangs need to be protected by Lusaka Provincial minister and mayor. They PAY.
      Gangs are not always using public funds. Gangs of:
      – Markets
      – Land and Landlords
      – Buses and taxis, public transportation
      – illegal immigrants, Somalians
      – bars and Brothels
      – prostitution industry
      Controlling above needs someone from the industry.
      The above are not…

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    • This one is one very dull boy only Lazy Lungu can appoint such boys as ministers…I am surprised why PF media team and Lazy Lungu have let him continue exposing his stupidity in public..of course as a Provincial Minister you have no access to funds but have influence on who is awarded a contract..why on earth do you think the Chinks invited all Provincial Ministers to China a few years ago all paid for? This boy was living in a 2 room shack three years ago today he is a philanthropist.

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    • The evidence on the YouTube video is what I believe Lusambo really is.

      When time comes very soon he will talk.

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    • Because he does not talk with his Mind BUT BIG mouth, hence such comments. He said it clearly and should apologize than trying to Lie. Enough Nonsense with these Jokers. Instead of being paupers as you call ethical UNIP Ministers, we will make you Prisoners for stealing public fund.

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  2. The reasoning of this minister shows he is not educated.

    In other words, he is telling us that he is making sure he does not end up like those ministers that became destitute.

    I have news for this man though. No matter how much you have stolen, you will also end up destitute because your reasoning capacity is low.

    You were just a care yesterday owning one pair of torn shoes. Today you are feeding the whole of Kafubu.

    Whatever you and Lungu are doing in the dark will one day get revealed in your vomit during the day.

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    • These are wasted LAZY LUNGU years…this boy was just a stone thrower 4 years ago, the sad part is it Lazy Lungu he is following!!

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  3. Lusambo says he does not steal public.But he only gets Chinise bribes. A thief is always not a good spender.As soon as the connecting tube is removed he/she becomes a pauper.We all know he is corrupt but also foo;ish because he has publicly demonstrated it.

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    • This is why I was surprised we as country continue to allow our ministers especially PEPs to be sponsored on trips to China…this is against code of conduct.

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    • Prosecutors have withdrawn assault charges against Chifubu PF MP Frank Ngambi. Ngambi attempted to murder one of his wives the other week. He was arrested.
      But when the matter was taken to court, state prosecutors withdrew the matter and set the assailant free.

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  4. Lusambo , you steal through undue influence and grabbing council plots , how come you have more than 10 plots in Ndola ????

    That is the corruption we talk about, you don’t have handle public funds to be corrupt.

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    • I also have more than 10 plots in Lusaka. Am I stealing public funds.
      Stop being jealous and just work hard. Just because your line of investment is cattle does not mean others should not have land as a means of investments. My go is to have a plot for each of my Children and I also have some to sell after value addition.

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    • Bro ken you can not justify a self proclaimed thief. No one was putting words in his mouth but confessed that currently these ministers are stealing for the future. Is that hard for you to understand. when people speak its not the jealous but to help these people think about the next generation.

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    • Bro Limpo, A four second video of an interview that took an hour can never provide context.That video was indeed doctored and meant to malign.It is such malicious activities that make genuine efforts to combat real corruption seem like wicthhunts

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    • Ken

      You have more than 10 plots in Lusaka , whole you were broke less than 5 years ago ? You were not in GRZ less than 5 years ago , you did not have even one plot , now you are a minister and you have more than 10 plots in Ndola alone ??

      You are the same corrupt minded people giving lungu and his thieving gang to loot GRZ with impunity.

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  5. In that same interview Lusambo had the audacity to say that as Zambians we don’t see opportunities in our own country and only wait for foreigners to come and invest. He is a public servant and should understand that they are the ones that block their own people from accessing money for investment. They are the custodian of the tax that we pay and get loans on our behalf for the so called development. Their policies are a sham and the laws they pass favour the foreigner. As a leader one doesn’t say that. This country has a lot of brilliant individuals that are frustrated by the system Lusambo claims to serve.

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  6. kolapt
    Labish
    Zambian ministers are sufferers but donating K1.5 Million supplies whose source remains a mystery!
    Anyway, he is stealing FOR the future, whatever that means.
    Zambians, how do you choose leaders kanshi?

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    • @JX, you are wondering how Zambians choose leaders kanshi?
      It’s by invitation to chew tax payers money and share tenders mune.

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  7. A four second video of an interview that took an hour can never provide context.That video was indeed doctored and meant to malign.It is such malicious activities that make genuine efforts to combat real corruption seem like wicthhunts.

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    • It’s not whether the video was doctored or not. It’s not the video in public court here, it’s Bowman on whether he is a thief of public resources, which we the public know he is.

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  8. It’s not whether you have access to public funds or not, it’s if you use your position to get kickbacks, contracts, number scheme, launder money or not.
    We know the way do it and it’s via fudging the numbers through contractors. You meet with a contractor/construction company/whatever, negotiate for say K50 million in services, but have them bill you for K55 million. The government pays the company the K55 million, and the company gets an extra K1 million for their risk and you get the K4 million. Alternatively, if it’s a bid/tender process, just influence the selection of the bid towards the company that will pay you the most.
    This is how you and your corrupt friends steal public resources.

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  9. @Dokowe
    The article you are contributing to is about a video.You fail in school because you like answering questions you have not been asked.

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    • @MuZambian. Yes I know, a video who’s content Lusambo tries to clarify by saying he can’t steal public funds because he has no access which is also the headline for this article.
      The reason Lusambo was invited on Phoenix was so he could disclose the source of funds of the humongous donations he made in his constituency, disclose he did not.
      I say again the point is not whether one has access to public funds, but the illegal dealings they do in dark to corruptly acquire wealth.
      Also this is not about school but about country, I would careless for school without country for I’m nothing without country.

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  10. Lusambo had a point, these Ministers are humans just like us with aspiration and bills to pay. Just the way you want to build houses they also want the same. I think he did pretty well explaining things considering Lusambo isnt educated. The interviewer wasnt good because he could not even get his questions accross
    As citizens we just have to ask them to deliver on development, lifestyle audit for me is useless, because as Lusambo said civil servants are the ones who need lifestyle audit.
    He made me laugh when he compared Ministers in Zed to Kenya and South Africa where corruption is even worse.
    #DORASILIYAFORRUNNINGMATE2021
    #DORASILIYAFORPRESIDENT2026

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  11. A minister can never accept that he,/she steals unless they are a confused lot. So I don’t expect Bowman to consent to stealing, it’s witch hunting

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  12. I can try to answer how he is better than you in the so called short period. While you spend half of the day thinking about what others are doing or might do, he is working. You the same people will say he has done nothing for the electorates that ushered him into office. In bemba they say “musalu wali pesamba. We know of people who were born with a silver spoon in their mouths but today are as poor as the come. Freedom of expression does not mean putting words in someone’s mouth or assuming.

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  13. I know of one with lots of money and when he donates he uses other people and does not want publicity. The wife takes care of about 16 vulnerable girls and paid for at least 4 girls in secondary school (boarding) that I know of but has never come public. Then you and I want to waste our energies trying to find the source of Lusambo’s money. Your worry should be, what can I do to better my life?

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  14. UBUFI, LIAR, BUHATA, WENYE, KUBEJA…who can this MMD cadre lie to? Unless those who are less than 3 years old……prior to elections Bowman was given so much coverage on tv, his looks then speak volumes, his looks now too, speaks volumes.. Sit down Bowman!

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  15. @Donkwe(9.1)
    I am all for zero tolerance to corruption.I am on record denouncing the President for his lucklustre attitude to the FIC report and keeping Hon.Chitotela in cabinet,but doctoring visual/audios or prints to create evidence and rouse a frenzy is not acceptable.It only subtracts from credible efforts to the fight against corruption

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  16. I heard this guy on the radio interview saying that we should have Zambian billionaires. How can you become a billionaire by stealing government funds which are also barely billions?

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  17. I suppose he will also deny he ever said he was the Chief Boot Licker of a certain well known thief

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  18. He also said ” Zambians should stop glorifying poverty”.Some ex ministers are poor today due to the fact that what they acquired using public funds was forfieted to the state.Look at Chiluba’s children.Are they enjoying the riches that their Father stole from Zambians? Bowman just enjoy today.Your day to account is drawing closer

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