RTSA Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Zindaba Soko
RTSA Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Zindaba Soko

Road Transport and Safety Agency Chief Executive Officer Zindaba Soko has requested for leave to pave way for investigations in a matter where he is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Commission for alleged money laundering.

Mr. Zindaba Soko has written to the Ministry of Transport and Communications requesting to proceed on leave to allow for investigations to go on smoothly in the alleged case of money laundering activities against him over the contract related to the Road Traffic Management System.

He said in the letter that as part of good corporate governance practice, he wants the investigation process to proceed without any perceived interference from his office and allow the law to take its course.

Minister of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba confirmed that his Office has since approved the request for leave.

This is according to a short statement by transport and communications minister Dr Brian Mushimba.

“As part of good corporate governance practice, Mr Soko wants the investigation process to proceed without any perceived interference from his office and allow the law to take its course,” Dr Mushimba stated.

“From the foregoing, my office has since approved the request for leave.”

Last month the Drug Enforcement Commission has announced it is investigating Road Transport and Safety Agency Chief Executive Officer Zindaba Soko on unknown charges but suspected to be related to money laundering.

DEC Commissioner Alita Mbahwe disclosed to Jornalists that Mr. Soko’s house was raided and that the search conducted at midnight was for possible evidence related to the charges which will lead to his questioning and arrest.

Ms. Mbahwe said the raid on Mr. Soko’s house was a normal procedure that can be undertaken on any person suspected of crime, adding that the nation will be informed on the next course of action.

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45 COMMENTS

  1. This must be a first for Zambia. I hate this guy and I know he is a crook to the core, but I must say I give it to him for taking this move. I must say wise man from the East. Hope that Infrastructure crook can learn the same.

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    • @Observer, You must be new to politics and born yesterday. Sorry to burst your bubble my dear friend, Hon Dora Siliya did this back in the RB administration days, when our might party MMD was great. So nothing new here and certainly NOT the FIRST.

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    • Really laughable. Isn’t there a board of directors? My goodness, and it’s being called good corporate governance! Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised. Why are we such a mess of country? Everything fits in.

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    • @Observe, the crooked guy has done his home work thoroughly. Managed to close all the gaps before proceeding on leave.

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    • I wonder why people are even applauding this man especially his boss Brian Mushimba…surely this man should have been suspended long time ago or even sacked, so this Brian Mushimba is telling us that if he stayed put like Chitotela he would still be in that office. Lazy Lungu’s govt is a mess as there is no leadership everyone is his own boss as long as you don’t challenge the main boss.

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    • The guy knows where Pamela Gondwe is, he just wants time off to go and exchange notes with her. Keep an eye on him.

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  2. For him to take this approach and pave way for investigation implies that he is really innocent..

    I’m a great judge of situation and of human beings.

    I’m that great people.

    I hold a phd

    Thanks

    BB2014,2016

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    • Mushota nawe na PhD yako, policies and procedures need to stipulate that he steps aside to pave way for a thra investigations. Now with these thieves, investigators have to ask for files, keys and access from them because they assume they run their mother’s “farm’s.

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    • Imagine he has basically requested for paid holiday and the educated foooool Brian Mushimba is applauding instead of issuing a suspension which is different as you are completing cut off from official business.

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  3. I wish Edgar Lungu would follow his example and step aside to pave way for Zambia’s economic recovery.

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    • Lazy Lungu is on the Gulf Jet now heading to Western Province he will be back on Sunday in Lusaka….am sure he must be flying to Swaziland or RSA to spend the night there in between as I dont see him sleeping there WP…this is why he bought that ZAF jet AF001 as he can not be tracked.

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  4. Who has asked him to step aside? If he was doing that out of his conviction that it was the right thing to do, he should have done that the morning following the raid of his house be DEC! And why should the whole Minister give a statement instead of the RTSA Board Chairperson or the Ministry Spokesperson?

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    • He is not stepping aside he has requested a holiday …only in Zambia and Lay Lungu’s govt can you have this!!

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    • Man mude – Why do you wish Chitotela to do the same when the boss is inept …would you as pupil suspend yourself when the Headmaster is weak and fearful of you!!

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  5. Very good. This is the way it should be. Not that infrastructure conman is doing by clinging on to his office

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  6. Is Dr. Mushima telling us that he is better than his boss who has refused to fire chitonena? Who is Dr. Mushimba and Soko trying to fool? This Minister should stop meddling in the affairs of RATSA. Does Soko report to the Minsiter or the Board? Who is supposed to approve Soko’s leave between the two. Ati good corperate governance, my foot.

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  7. Lungu is very hopless and is complicit in this looting…..Lungu should demand his ministers go on leave upon being investigated by DEC…..as a matter of principle.

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    • How can you be talking about Principles when Lungu has no principles and lacks morals as well!
      It is serious and deliberate Chipantepante that allows Lungu to steal!

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  8. Ba Hournarable Mushimba, why have you allowed RTSA to opertae without a Board for three years now there by vesting all RTSA decisions on the CEO? sUCH IS RECEPIE for abuse of authority as there are no checks on the CEO.Please appoint a Board sir!

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  9. Problem with lungu he doest behave like a wiseman from east.

    Thats why eastern province is now moving towards upndi

    RB quietly behind the curtain asked $ to step aside over lapgreen

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    • What good corporate practice…do you think in a normal company Soko would be in that position if he was charged with careless driving offence!!

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  10. This is a scam, the guy is corrupt to the core so taking leave is a way of closing up everything thing that leads to Him.

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  11. BA NjonginJo: Typical Zambian mentality! You must be chairperson of the “Zambia Pull Him Down Association”. Always trying find bad things even in good deeds. If he didnt go on leave, you could have caused verbal havoc on this platform. He goes on leave, you still find it a serious problem! Shear idiocy!!!

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  12. BA NjonginJo: Typical Zambian mentality! You must be chairperson of the “Zambia Pull Him Down Association”. Always trying find bad things even in good deeds. If he didnt go on leave, you could have caused verbal havoc on this platform. He goes on leave, you still find it a serious problem! Shear idiocy!!!

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  13. Lazy Jona Chakolwa will NEVER take a leaf from this, & suspend “Infrastructure Chitotela”, coz Chitotela is Jonas enforcer /banker when it comes to looting & externalising Zambias national coffers, whilst depriving suffering poor citizens.
    Sanity will only prevail once Jona is out of power, & only then will the Godfather of Chawama, & his minions Chitotela, & Chimpyongo, & Lusambo answer for their misdemeanors, while Jona organises his jogging club in Himbokaila Prison.

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    • Lazy Lungu is in WP overseeing correctional officers graduating he would rather do irrelevant things than attend to such issues in State House

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  14. IF HERE WE HAVE A CASE THEN I SEE MORE DISCOVERIES AS TO WHO ELSE IS CONNECTED IN THIS INVESTIGATIONS.
    NO INTERFERENCE MEANS RESULTS WILL BE BASED ON PROFESSIONAL CAPABILITIES OF INVESTIGATORS.
    HOWEVER, SOKO YOU ARE MY MAN.

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  15. IF HERE WE HAVE A C^SE THEN I SEE MORE DISCOVERIES AS TO WHO ELSE IS CONNECTED IN THIS INVEST $IGATIONS.
    NO INTERF$ERENCE MEANS RESULTS WILL BE BASED ON PROFESSIONAL CAPABILITIES OF INVEST$IGATORS.
    BUT ARE THESE PROFES$SIONALS OR WILL THEY CONDUCT INVESTIGATIONS PROFES$SIONALLY.
    HOWEVER, SOKO YOU ARE MY MAN.

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  16. OK. IF HERE WE HAVE A C^SE THEN I SEE MORE DISCOVERIES AS TO WHO ELSE IS CONNECTED IN THIS INVEST $IGATIONS.
    NO INTERF$ERENCE MEANS RESULTS WILL BE BASED ON PROFESSIONAL CAPABILITIES OF INVEST$IGATORS.
    BUT ARE THESE PROFES$SIONALS OR WILL THEY CONDUCT INVESTIGATIONS PROFES$SIONALLY.
    HOWEVER, SOKO YOU ARE MY MAN.

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  17. there is no need to praise a crook and thief, the reasons he has asked for leave is to go and hide the loot at his sister’s house. He should not be allowed to leave the country or visit the village like chitotela who is using witch craft to defend his thiving

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    • You dont know whether you are going or coming. The guy has demostrated something unheard of in PF and hes has put to shame PF admin. Is that not worth praising

      Yet you were so quick praising Ibm and ck when they joined a visionless party.

      We warned you against ck , now you wait and taste the Vernon.

      Let to be guided by principals

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  18. Chitotela is still crapping his hands over and over for let him stay in the office by you same Zambians.HAHAHA

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  19. flagCorruption scandals: Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans

    So Zambians and bloggers can’t really ‘see’ through this and realise that this is a forced leave to save face? The guy has been forced and coerced into taking paid leave by Lungu and his minister. That RTSA role is too powerful and reports directly to Lungu because that is the worst channel used for bribing and corruption. Lungu simply told him to save his a$s by going on leave.

    If this was a genuine self initiated leave, the guy would have done it long time ago.

    And resignation is the proper so called good ‘corporate governance’. It is a govt institution though and not a corporate entity. Anyway either way I hope he’s arrested and taken to court so he can go and defend himself.

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  20. “Mr. Zindaba Soko has written to the Ministry of Transport and Communications requesting to proceed on leave to allow for investigations to go on smoothly in the alleged case of money laundering activities against him over the contract related to the Road Traffic Management System.”

    Zambians learn to be thankful for small victories. This is a great move for Zambia. We western Zambians thank our brother from the east for displaying wisdom.

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    • Who is we? Leadership is so mediocre that you the taxpayer are thanking a Public official who is being investigated in corruption case that is causing you to pay more road tax…you are thanking him for taking paid leave or holiday…I mean even DEC they are still waiting for orders from State House to release information on why they were searching this chaps house…this is the organisation PF wants FIC to fall under.

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