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Mwinilunga Gold Scandal: President Lungu challenged to extend probe beyond North West PF Executive as some Ministers are implicated

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A senior Member of the ruling PF’s Central Committee has challenged President Edgar Lungu to decisively deal with other party officials implicated in the illegal trade in Gold in Mwinilunga.

And information has emerged that the illegal trade in Gold scandal from Mwinilunga’s Kansenseli Mine is in fact worthy around US$20 million (K360 million) and not the K30 million as reported by Police.

Last week, almost the entire Northwestern Province PF Executive led by Chairperson Jackson Kungo was suspended from all party activities in order to facilitate investigations at Kansenseli Mine- Mwinilunga.

But a Member of the Central Committee who requested to remain anonymous for fear of victimization said in an interview that sacking the Chairman and some Executive members is not enough.

The member demanded that President Lungu extends the sanctions to even some Ministers whom he said are active players in the alleged theft of Gold in Northwestern Province.

“As we speak, we as the party we have suffered embarrassment and humiliation because of this issue. But we know that the party leaders in the Province were not acting alone. Where is the S.G in this whole issue? There are Ministers also involved. The President should extend his action on the Ministers whom we know are deeply involved. The party should not suffer the embarrassment alone, the Executive arm of government should shoulder the blame too,” he said.

The member has named Mines Minister Richard Musukwa, National Planning Minister Alexander Chiteme and Youth, Sports and Child Development Minister Emmanuel Mulenga as some of the Ministers involved in the illegal trade in Gold from Northwestern Province.

“As a member of the Central Committee, the highest organ of the party, I applaud the stance taken by the President but I am saying that is not enough. We know there are other people involved in this issue, let him be bold enough and suspend the other Ministers because we have evidence of their involvement. Kungo and his team should not suffer the humiliation alone,” he said.

He added, “even the manner in which the President has handled Namachila’s contract (Ex North Western Province Police Commissioner) leaves more questions. If Namachila failed to curtail illegal Gold dealings in the province, where does that leave the Provincial Minister? Because as far as we are concerned, the Provincial Minister is the Head of Government in the Province. Why are we not getting to the bottom of the issue?”

The member said President Lungu needs to be very careful with some people that surround him if he is to govern to people’s expectations.

“What we are seeing now is a group of people that keep lying to the President. They go and tell him stuff they know he wants to hear. The Mwinilunga Gold issue has exposed how much they lie to him because even Musukwa (Richard) is at the centre of this scandal and yet they have managed to only sacrifice Kungo and his team.”

47 COMMENTS

  1. Scandal after scandal after scandal.

    Lungu has created an environment where thieves feel at home in Zambia.

    Just vote out this lazy drunkard and his cadres out of office.

    Bally would never tolerate this.

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  2. It’s things fall apart indeed! Just how completely useless could a president be? This fool is such a waste of space and with Bembas running wild with their stinking bigotry against Tongas, things will sooner than later fall apart in Zambia.

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    • @3 Roy Mudenda, You should have BEMBA POLITICIANS AND SOME CHIEFS, they say “ONE SWALLOW DOES NOT MAKE A SUMMER”. Bembas just like many other Zambians from different ethnic groups are inclusive. It is the few shallow narrow minded politicians that want to use ethnicity to stick to power! In fact ONE THE REASONS THEY RESORTED TO ETHNIC TIRADES AGAINST TONGAS IS BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT THE CULTURE OF MOST BEMBAS SPEAKERS IS BEING OBJECTIVE AND CALL A SPADE A SPADE! THEY KNOW THAT COMING ELECTIONS WILL SEE PF BURIED BY ITS ARDENT SUPPORTERS EITHER BY VOTING UPND MASSIVELY OR BY MERELY STAYING AWAY! PF KNOWS THAT IT HAS LOST THE URBAN VOTE WHICH HAS BEEN CRUCIAL IN KEEPING IT IN POWER, AND IF THERE IS VOTER APATHY OR IMPROVED VOTE TO UPND THAT WILL BE THEIR END,NO 2ND ROUND! So they are…

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  3. You can remain anonymous but just provide the investigators EVIDENCE otherwise this is just a waste of time…

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  4. Chiteme and Mulenga are among the most money greed ministers that you can ever meet in Africa. Just how Chiteme became minister for that important ministry is a shock because he is so cheap minded, narrow in understanding issues and hypocritical. Mulenga is a lucky illiterate with a short term thinking brain. Mubukwanu is a hypocrite and should have been surcharged on the Namachila dismissal and he is a heartless rigid bureaucrat who is insensitive to the plight of other people in the northwestern province. Musukwa is generally a coward and most likely was coerced and pushed into this by Chiteme and Mulenga.

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  5. Excellent. This is what we like. People coming forward. The president will look into this as I have already tabled it for discussion. This will be investigated without fear or favour. This is a sign that the party membership does not take illegal practices for a joke. It also shows the confidence the party has in the president’s resolve to fight illegal activities. This can never happen under upnd because even the president has not owned up to his privatisation theft. Kz btw I have updated my picture. I hope my troll aka tarino will he quick to update his . You are slacking

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  6. In 2 years’ time Zambia will have to cough up the first balloon payment towards the $750m Eurobond and when that time comes we will not have this money because the PF does not have any foresight or plan in place to mitigate the crap that is we gonna have to face because the entire government is preocupied with plundering the country’s resources, from fire tenders, mukula and now gold. [email protected] has failed to run the country, period! Putting in place a functional mechanism for checks and balances across all levels of governance can not be rocket science for a sober university graduate. Now would have been a good time to replenish the treasury.Tuli mucibe bane because PF is very dysfunctional.

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  7. Minister of Mines misled the whole country that the black mountain was very safe, immediately after that we lost 12 lives and he was not even reprimanded, what makes you think he can be fired this time assuming he is involved. The minister of planning, whatever gets planned if at all there is any planning has put up so much weight warranting an investigation, maybe he is very innocent, I am not saying he is guilty, I am just saying lets investigate,but I also agree that Kungo must be squeezed to reveal the whole gang that is involved. But the Police cant squeeze him, he still commands a lot of respect, and they fear him like 10 devils of course

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  8. How come he was so quick to fire one person and yet for the rest we have to wait for lengthy investigations?

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  9. Do not be fooled, our President knows exactly who is behind this illegal mining.

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  10. This President keeps on looking into things but nothing tangible comes out, 48 houses still looking, mukula still looking, lechwes still looking the fact will forever remain the humble president is visionless cant see nothing.

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  11. Very preposterous on the part of those Ministers involved in the stealing of Gold. What is wrong with us Zambians? Why do we think of ourselves instead of the country? Please President Lung show leadership in GRZ …fire those thieving Ministers.

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  12. Stop challenging and appealing to someone who has clearly showed you that he has absolutely no intention of doing anything about corruption or tribalism that involves his ministers!! How clear do you want him to be? He has been very consistent in this regard. If you don’t like his approach – vote wisely next elections. But just don’t continue bothering him with appeals and challenges. If it doesn’t directly relate to winning elections (general or bye) however gruesome it may be, forget any action from him!! You can’t force him to be what he is not – a leader!!

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  13. We the Zambian people are fed up of hearing the same story of people blatantly stealing from us and we cannot stomach this any more. How long will it go on?
    It’s about time heads started to roll to serve as a warning to other who are planning or intending to defraud us. We’ve been taken for granted too long. This is one case which requires speedy and swift rebuttal, otherwise all endeavour at appearing to appease us will bear no fruit. What belongs to the people should benefit the people, not only a few people. WE SAY NO TO CORRUPTION AND THEFT OF OUR RESOURCES.

    That goes for all who have information about the people who practice these vices which are forever taking us backwards instead of going forward, please come up with the whatever evidence you have. If you’re weary of going…

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  14. …. If you’re weary of going to the authorities then put whatever info you have in the public domain so that the people can be helped toake informed decisions when next they go to the ballot box.

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  15. ONLY A FOOL IS HUNGRY IN THE MIDST OF PLENTY.
    WITH SO MUCH RESOURCES THE COUNTRY IS STILL STRUGGLING.
    WHY, WHY, WHY, WHY………..
    LEADERS, BE SERIOUS

  16. Its 2020 and its the same ineptness from this Lazy Lungu ….no where have I read ACC or DEC, its the same roundabout stories …you wonder why we are poor here is an example we are too greedy like those investors. Here natural resources are being stolen and he is pretending to care instead of bringing on board independent investigators; how many files are sitting in his deskof cases he claimed were investigated?

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  17. The moment Namachila was removed and Party cadres sent to investigate I concluded that nothing will come out of it. We’ve accepted that we’ve kleptomaniacs beyond redemption, you can’t cure PF. We will deal with them next year, they’re good at opposition politics

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  18. Why is everything being referred to the President? Presidential slush fund, Presidential housing initiative, Presidential donations, Presidential pardon…!!!
    Is this the way to run a country?!
    Is this how far destroyed institutions of governance are in Zambia?!
    Food for thought.

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  19. It is only in this country where surely party cadres have taken centre stage in mining a valuable mineral like gold! And I think it was not fair to dismiss the Northwestern province police chief. Cops in this government dance to the tunes of PF cadres. The benefits from that gold mining will be going in the pockets of a few individuals. It will be like the infamous mukula tree. This country is………….eishhhhh

  20. Citizeno – Its refered to him because the whole system has failed, too many corrupt politicians involved for ZP to investigate independently as Tasila may be involved…everything its the same cancer PF…again even this issue he has asked SG Mwila to go and investigate when he too is implicated. The country is under state capture by cadres!!

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  21. QUESTION: WHY IS THE PRESIDENT (ECL) CONVENIENTLY SLOW WHEN IT COMES TO DEALING WITH CORRUPTION ISSUES….AND THE OPPOSITION NDWIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII……. OPPOSITION PLEASE DO YOU EVEN HAVE A CATALOGUE OF PENDING ISSUES… OR YOU ARE ALSO WAITING FOR THE SAME OPPORTUNITY…. CONTINUOUS VOTER REGISTRATION IS NOT HAPPENING AND YOU THINK PF WILL HAND OVER POWER ON A SILVER PLATE WRAPPED WITH FLOWERS….. PF KNOWS THAT OPPOSITION IS FULL OF COWARDS. HH WAS SENT IN JAIL…IT HAD TO TAKE PRESSURE FROM INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. HE COMES OUT AND SAYS HE HAS FORGIVEN THEM….MY MY MY….ANYWAY LETS WAIT AND SEE…… HOW I WISH KAMBWILI HAD THE SUPPORT HH ENJOYS….

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  22. The jealous of the UPND and their Diaspora fogs will finish them. I already said above that our President will look into this. How difficult is this to understand. You want the truth, it is unrealistic and foolish of you to think that we can’t be accumulate wealthy and riches when we are the ones in power and control the economy and affairs of our country. Your bally HH got rich from running the privatization program. Why can’t you question him and accuse him of corruption. Even there where you live, the CEOs of the companies you work for are the highest paid. Why don’t you question that? You can’t expect a government official to continue suffering when part of their job involves large sums of money. Corruption my foot, no one eats corruption and the Zambian people don’t even care…

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  23. I am proud that my president is black, wise and humble. What about you guys in dispora please repeat by saying the Same about your presidents in your adopted country…

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  24. I DISGREE WITH KZ,HUMBLE AND WISE? BALINKO BABA. U CAN LEARN ALOT FROM US EVEN IF U CALL US THE HYENAS ON HEAT. WATCH. PLEASE,ECL DON’T LISTEN FROM PEOPLE LIKE KZ THEY WILL GIVE U WRONG ADVISES.GET US BANZELU,HUMBLE,HAND WORKING,INTELLIGENT NO BOASTING KIKIKI. HOWZ WORK TODAY KZ?

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  25. This, like many similar damning cases, will still go silence soon. Our ears are non accustomed to hearing such. Our leaders are untouchable when it comes to stealing and accountability. they can now steal with inpunity. Even if the ministers are openly mentioned, they’ll still get away with it. That’s what we are as a nation. And the world is watching us. Meanwhile Minister of Finance is busy trying to convince IMF to give a bail out package? I bet y village headman can do better than this.

  26. It’s rash hour ba mayo nababa tata, ubomba mwibala alya mwibala. Others enjoyed Euro bonds, Chinese loans, mukula trees, now there is g o l d. 2021 is just by the corner, washala mune.
    Watch “Ubomba Mwibala Alya Mwibala – Bang Bang 2018” on YouTube

  27. Kaizar Zulu ©

    We in diaspora , especially in Europe are proud our leaders are not theiving corrupt individuals……

    As for gold thefts , what is new under lungu ? Stealing is part of the job description under lungus GRZ.

    Why did he not involve ACC and police ?

    The bally will fix such stealing,

    BTW we are still waiting investigations as to why you were gassing our people…..we will not forget.

  28. Problem with UPND/Tongas they are full of hate and jealousy! They are the ones who are being reminded that they are too tribally -inclined so their president cannot win elections in Zambia! Immediately they are reminded about it they turn around , Nkandu Luo, GBM, Chief are labeled tribalists! And rushing to Super Ken! There’s nothing Kaunda will do to change anything , Mr. Hichilema has got tribal and privitization thefts skeletons in his wardrobe! Here the issue is about Gold in North-Western province, but its insults from Tongas towards Lungu! But Hichilema is equally a privatisation thief, he cannot be trusted with ruling this country! He’s already a crook, and worse still he can’t muster enough support among Northerners and Easterners! No matter how much you praise Hichilema, his…

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  29. No matter how much praise his supporters give Hichilema, he will never win in Zambia. Mantain him as UPND leader until Jesus comes back. As of now Edgar Lungu is a much better person than your Hichilema, because Hichilema will turn Zambia into Rwanda because of his tribalism!

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  30. Mandanda

    Who is a convict fraudstar , lungu or HH ,

    and we also know lungu sold cold storage board of Zambia , does that make him a privatisation their ?

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  31. Scatter scatter is all you punks are all about but time is ticking n you’ll be shown the door.

  32. @Mandanda

    You are part of the problem. Zambia is where it is because of the likes of you. There is no shortage of !diots in Zambia. And !diots in large numbers with the power to vote are dangerous for any country. Look at USA now!

  33. The ineptitude of lungu is alarming. Slow to act on the big fishes and fast on small fish especially if they bear a southern name. Is lungu telling us that mubukwanu was not involved, the cop in charge in mwinilunga what happened to him? A lot of things have been swept under the carpet despite hearing that someone will look into it. The fire truck scandal, ambulance scandal, 48 miracle houses, forest 27, lower zambezi national park, mukula, lusaka Ndola road, the ghost workers in payroll and now this. I can firmly say PF won’t do anything tangible to get to the bottom of anything in their whole tenure.

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  34. Reading this feels like watching Prime TV. Highly uncorroborated piece of $#!+.

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  35. Nyongo nyongo doing of things need to come to an end and can you kindly name the thieving ministers .They are taking us for fools and will be in the for front in decairing Zambia a Christian nation. Hypocrisy at it’s best.

  36. Iwe @Roy Mudenda ,mar fee yobe ,just urgue and debate intelligently on this blog and dont generalise and mention the bembas .You are the fools who are promoting tribalism on this blog .Makaka iwe

  37. When we tell you that Lungu is incompetent and corrupt, you think we are just being hard on him. Here are his own party members challenging him to investigate further to reveal the extent of this corruption. Why wouldn’t any president who cares about his country and corruption do that? Hello? It just shows you that he’s scared that the whole thing will boomerang back to him. We know that the ACC is scared of these criminals, the so called ministers. But all these thieves must know that their day of reckoning is coming. You shall go to prison for 200 years for looting Zambia’s resources for your own selfish benefit. Don’t think you’re too clever, bampompwe imwe. You’re traitors, enemies of the Zambian people. The people who are supposed to be benefiting from this, who live in that…

  38. … don’t see a single Ngwee, except for you ba grade 7 failures who decided to join politics to “legally” steal the country’s resources. Prison awaits you. Yes that includes Lungu, too.

  39. It Is Increasingly Becoming Risk For Us To Sell Edgar Lungu As Our Candidate, Reveals Kampyongo
    Defense minister Davies Chama with his Home Affairs counterpart Stephen Kampyongo during a joint press briefing in Lusaka.
    Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo on Friday evening was heard telling a few of his cabinet colleagues that it was increasingly becoming difficult for the PF to sell President Edgar Lungu as the candidate for 2021.
    Kampyongo was on Friday evening having some beers with Justice Minister Given Lubinda, Livestock Minister Kampamba Mulenga, Higher Education Minister Nkandu Luo, Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya and three other unidentified officials at Roan and Sable in Kabulonga area.
    Unknown to the group, there was someone among them who was sent by Lungu’s Special…

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