The owner of Burma Car Wash, Chiza Gondwe, the man behind the controversial tender to supply 46 4×4 vehicle to the Judiciary has bought himself a Rolls Royce.
And Mr Gondwe has gone ahead to import the 46 vehicles even before the contract has not been signed.
In a statement shared by his elder brother Kennedy, it is revealed that the Rolls Royce was not purchased using the proceeds from the Ministry of Justice contract as government has not paid him a dime.
In November, Sarago General Dealers which owne Burma Car Wash landed a US$ 1 million contract to deliver 46 brand new 4×4 vehicles to the Judiciary.
The little known form landed the lucrative deal after beating well established motor vehicle firms such as Toyota Zambia, Southern Cross Motors and Hazida Motors including Tata Zambia.
According to the tender requirements, Sarago General Dealers was to deliver the vehicles within two to four weeks from November 10th, the date on which the tender was awarded.
But as revealed by his brother, the vehicles have landed in Zambia but they are not yet been deliver to the Judiciary because the contract has not yet been signed.
“Yet again, Chiza Gondwe, my young brother is at the center of falsehoods after his company – Serago General Dealers – won a tender to supply vehicles to the Judiciary of the Republic of Zambia.
Here are a few facts: 1, To this day, Serago General Dealers, has not received any penny from the government for the cars in question. Infact, Serago General Dealers has NOT even yet signed the contract for the supply of the cars.”
“Instead, the company has taken a business risk and proceeded to procure the cars, using its other resources, as it awaits the sign of the contract and the subsequent payment,” he said.
“The decision to go ahead and procure the cars for the Judiciary (even before money exchanged hands) was to further show capacity to deliver and impress a new client – the government.”
He said some the vehicles have already started arriving in the country adding that this is the FIRST time that Serago General Dealers is conducting business with the Government of the Republic of Zambia.
“Chiza Gondwe is not a politician. The Rolls Royce in question was actually bought a long time ago, way before Serago General Dealers won the tender for the Judiciary. Records are there to prove this fact. At the same time that Chiza Gondwe bought the Rolls Royce, he also bought himself a McLaren.”
He added, “And there is a thin line where we run the risk of being misunderstood or show off, but for the avoidance of any doubt and in setting the record straight, we have taken this unprecedented move to share the cars, which are a private property, with the public to show that Chiza Gondwe has long collected cars as per his hobby.”
The following are some of the cars Chiza Gondwe owns:
Lexus sc 430
JEEP SRT 8
Mercedes SL 65 Black series
Tainted GRZ contracts , corrupted tenderpreneurs is how these expensive stuff is afforded . This is not extraordinary business acumen.
Mmmmm…… the man is filthy rich!
Corruption in Zambia is what motivates the government to use middle men with no proper track records to purchase motor vehicles, even though we know where the manufacturers can be found. It beats all logic that government fails to ask car manufacturers to supply the vehicles in preference for some middle men. It can only be corrupt intent that motivates these deals.
Lassie Kakuta They think we do not think.
Lassie Kakuta imagine..
Lassie Kakuta I think I agree with you. How do you beat Nissan in supplying a Nissan car?? What about the warranties and all after sale services????
Lassie Kakuta imagine
Lassie Kakuta when will indigenous Zambians be empowered if we take the path you’re suggesting.
Elliot Nchele Phiri The reason we remain poor is that alot of people make emotional decisions instead of rational ones. USA empowers citizens who manufacture planes like Boeing but they don’t give contracts to people who don’t manufacture planes. What logic is that. If you believe in this type of Empowerment, please start by using your resource to buy goods from shoprite through middlemen who will charge you more by 50%.
Elliot Nchele Phiri Your question does not change the fact that, the vehicles will came from manufactures at a lower price only for us to pay more unnecessarily. That is not Empowerment it is abuse. You empower Zambians through equitable distribution of wealth.
it means he bought it with his own money. why should the car be attached to the tender. is it the only job he has had in his entire life. he’s a businees man.
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Ordering the vehicles before contract is signed is problematic & raises questions in itself. This simply means that there is a very powerfully connected beneficiary who will make sure this deal goes through at all costs hence why this smoke screen of a company can buy the vehicles without signed contract. Smells of corruption
go and investigate the indians, lebanese, west africans, arabs and eastern europeans in our country on how they have immersed so much wealth in our country while the indigenous zambian is suffering. stop persecuting your own.
Mulapati David Mulapati tapali ifyoo naimwe,he has no capacity to win that contract!
Chanda Ch there is always where to start from.u feel its better given to the rich indians and chinese. when are we going to uplift the poor black owned companies?
This is real corruption at all its colours. Just how does one import cars for a client at over a $1m before a contract is signed. And no single dime paid by the client – who does that kind of business. This is clear corruption at its worst example. Some big fish behind this is pulling the strings that come rain come sunshine this deal has to go through. The importation of the vehicles may even be far less than being given here. Import cars at $500K and get $1m very attractive business to. ignore.
On its own merit this report reveals a little bit of pettiness. I do not understand why it is that emphasis should always be on a car wash as a way of introducing Chiza and his business dealings. It is like forever referring to me as a Janitor when I am now CEO of a reputable firm after having worked myself up. Let’s do a really good report that objectively tells us stuff. And, yes. I was a janitor once. But I have two Masters degrees, two firms and now studying for a professional MBA.
What happens to the imported cars if the contract will not be signed?Does Serago General Dealers even have a show room in Town?Just hope there is no use of underhand methods like what has been witnessed in the Hooneybee Saga.
The brother of this boy is not a very smart public relations guy …if you are trying to portray your brother as a reputable established company you would have showed photos of his office, even staff he employs and why it was awarded that contract …then again this is just a brief case company the main company is the carwash and this jumpy boy is a PF cadre…true wealthy people know the difference between an asset and a liability. You will not find the likes of Elon Musk who owns Space X and Tesla with such vehicles in their garage in fact you will not even notice them on public transport sat next to you. I would like to revisit such businesses if the current govt was kicked out.
So ZRA was interested in the bugatti story but not this one ? I wonder why (sarcasm)
No Comments from kaiser Zulu.
So ZRA was only interested in the bugatti story and not this ? I wonder why
Work hard n ball hard lol am really motivated by people like him don’t hate yoh give credit bushe ba wiso ngatababombesha ni bonse????
Let’s stop being petty. We are all free to do anything with our money. Some would buy themselves big cats. The guy is into cars so what is the problem? As far as I am concerned, the guy has done nothing wrong until proved otherwise. Why do we like suspicion?
Why purchase the vehicles if the contract is not yet signed. This is a wrong move Sir. You cant clear the stinky air with another error.Something fishy here.
Wenyo ! Majelasi kwati ni fi upnd
Zambia is a real small pond. Is this NATIONAL NEWS?
What else are we going to hear? That he has bought a rolex? What this man does with his money is his business and so of no interest to anyone except envious and PHD holders.
Chiza ia a classical example of hustle , self belief,consistency, discipline and hardwork..In Africa, we do not beleive hard work can produce such results-An African child is told you cant be rich- you are either a satanist, or you have connections to the political elite and therefore corrupt! Regrettable
I wonder why ZRA are not looking into this guy….how do you buy vehicles without contract? This is how money is laundered…not very smart.
What is the problem here. Running a car wash business is not a sin. Buying such a car with his hard earned money isn’t a problem either. Getting a Government contract will never be a problem still if proper channel is followed. he bought it with his own money. Attaching the car to the contract is what I have found problematic and speaks volumes of how much we Zambians like PHDs. If the contract was awarded to a chinese you would have said volumes but this is our/your brother only from another mother. He is a Zambian just like the writer of this story. Above all, he is an entrepreneur and successful businees man.
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Filthy rich in such a poor country!!
yeah right!! honeybee had done nothing wrong untill we heard about expired drugs, leaking condoms etc…..
Leave this local boy alone ,
after all $1 million for 46 SUVs is a very good deal for the GRZ ,unlike 42/42 played by kapoyongo and lungu….
As someone above said , if you are bored and want to investigate , look into Indians , Lebanese and west Africans in Zambia at how they are becoming dirty rich…..
Story stirs more dust than settles it, always happens when your image builder yaps too much.
Leaving the unsigned contract issue aside, the maths doesn’t seem to add up. Supplying 46 4×4 for $1m sounds like a donation and not a business deal. Consider that the market value for one vehicle is around K1m – that is K46m at least for 46 cars yet $1m is K21m.
Or are we looking at a fake story or a very seasoned negotiator who can talk down the price of a bag of gold to the price of a bag of charcoal? Umm… Interesting.
This is the problem with so called wealth acquired through corruption and proceeds of crime. The cars owned by this cadre are with over million dollars.
I would like to know how much revenue he is making from his car wash as well as if he indeed is paying tax.
People like Musk/Bezos/Gates don’t flash thier assets. They are billionaires through their business which even a 5 year old knows from every corner of the world.
I wonder if ZRA will pay this man a visit.
This chap won a contract to supply 46 vehicles I wonder which manufacturer will he be getting from unless these vehicles will be same saga as the 48 houses owned by ???
Jealousy will kill upnd supporters. Especially the angry diasporan ones. What is so unfathomable for a business man in Zambia to afford flashy cars? You are ok with HH questionable riches which are way above this, and yet choose to question a man over a car collection worth below a million dollars . Yet go to other countries where it is normal for a business man to own just one car worth a million. We are told that hh became a billionaire from cows hahaa and the f00lish upnd goats believe that f00l. That is what tribalism does. It makes you appear f00lish
Your days are numbered bapompwe imwee! where did you got money to supply vehicles to Judiciary??
Forget education, just join the ruling party and become a tenderprenuer
The dissapointment I feel reading this! Where is the corruption here, the man won a tender, whether the contract has been signed YET or not is not an issue, the award of a tender is a contract in itself, him going ahead to procure the goods is a good sign. He is able to supply, using his own money and not relying on the award to start organising things. Additonally, the man has been selling cars for a very long time, he does not only do business with the car wash, not that it matters at all.
Even if the contract is not fulfilled, he can still sell those cars, why must someone being wealthy in Zambia mean corruption? Stop being lazy.
Scouser – when this boy applied for tender I am sure the address he put on there was the Car wash in Kabwata. Yes people are saying give business to locals but are they reputable businesses with track record ..will this guy who buys vehicles in hard cash be able to offer 2 years parts service like Toyota.
48 houses. Who owns them?
F0000ols , you even follow a poor man to take tax from him.why hasnt DEC and ZRA surrounded his booolls ??this country is faaackd to the core.
Look at the preak above talking about jealousy, he doesn’t sleep over HHs wealth and business acumen. You are yet to see more after August.
Let us stop being petty and be real. The idea of who owns what and why is pettiness of its highest. If you suspect corruption in the tender procedures, investigate that. Why was he chosen and not Toyota, Southern Cross etc. Try to buy a spare party from these companies, you will cry. They are so expensive yet you can fly to SA to buy the part cheaply (even if you included airfares and lodging).
There is a lot of jealousy from upnd d0gs. For us we are happy that a zambian has won the contract and that he is doing well and will create jobs in the community. You in diaspora who are claiming corruption etc what have you done for this country apart from insulting the government? Your relatives are here being kept by us and being employed by business men such as these, while you are there wiping old people backside and taking your frustrations out on lusakatimes. Fuseke
Continue hating. The fact is that this man has done well in Zambia and didn’t need to give up his citizenship to become successful. While you are struggling there abroad without nothing to show for. Upnd diasporans we know it hurts being failures as far as diaspora kikikiki
Dr Kenneth Kaunda created a body called SPECIAL INVESTIGATING TEAM ON TRADE AND ECONOMY (SITET).
That is how the likes of Vernon Mwanga were found to be dealing in Mandrax. He could not explain his wealth and lavish lifestyle when ordinary Zambians in the 80’s were struggling.
Just suppose the contract is NOT signed?
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People are not stupid, they know that getting a government contract is not the same as fulfilling. A contract can be one from government and then sold to another that has money to fulfill it. So money can change hands for the transfer commission as long as the buyer of the contract demonstrates that it has been won and will be signed. I don’t get why Zambian businessmen buy wasting assets like cars. Invest it in gold or the stock market.
Then where’s the money because even honeybee are saying they haven’t been paid.. How can goods be delivered without payments or these cretinicals don’t know how to lie
Quick question? What’s the source of this guy’s income? You can’t raise $4000000 from car washes in Zambia, is this a front business…what’s the real picture? Follow the money law enforcement do your jobs…punks…nice collection of rides…I’m not jealous I’m just wondering what other businesses is this guy involved in…?
Smoke, fire, and amateurs. The mafia knows well not to splash their bling around, but this guy can’t resist.
Imagine the “car wash” business and government tenders being so lucrative. If people believe this, better go find a bucket and a rag.
All thise flashy expensive cars from a carwash business? Something doesn’t add up. These govt contracts are really being awarded haphazardly and aimlessly without any set criteria. What happened to the govt procurement agencies? Back in the day Ministry of Works and Supplies used to procure all govt assets including vehicles.
Where I work, a private multinational company has an Approved Supplier’s List and a company needs to apply and meet certain requirements and standards to be added to the list. Tenders are scrutinised and very competitive.
Well, the guy is rich so be it, if he is dealing in any illegal businesses one day he will be caught is just the matter of time nothing stays the same and I do not wish him any bad luck, it is just the perception I’m responding to on how some of the comments are being insinuated, Just full of covetous though, let the guy enjoy his lifestyle and concentrate on your business ppl.
Why can’t it it be possible to import expensive cars in Zambia without signing any contract? I don’t believe any consignment would have left the European ports without any form of security or advance payment. What matters in business is the stock/inventory not the retail contracts.
On a footnote, my top 5 cars are missing:
1. Mercedes Benz AMG.
3. Lamborghini Urus
4. Bugatti Noire
5. Hummer H3
@ John Mule..We don’t have a problem with him being successful. The issue here is that he is linked to a contract that involves the tax payers money..,trust me when the time comes no stone will remain unturned. This administration has really taken us for a ride. Look at the honey bee pharmacy contract. This is a joke for some of us breaking our backs for pennies.
@ Tarino Orange, Zambians are and will always never ever achieve in advancement either by creativity, technologically, medically or socially for the benefit of their country. Zambians as if always with a complex, their priority is to display and show off what they have acquired as in the case of Chiza Gondwe. Asked to explain or demonstrate how his assets were acquired it becomes offensive to many Zambians, hence on going commentaries.
Businessman ship is demonstrable and many renowned Zambians are such. “Come-up” riches is vulnerable, an ‘Audit Trail’ can reveal reality of things different from those simple minds parroting – jealousy as we hear.
The arithmetic doesn’t make sense in deal reported here. If one car is USD50000, one needs USD2.3 million to purchase 46 4x4s cheapest new ones. So USD1.0 million is not enough to get anything. People should stop losing sleep over this or find out what the actual deal was. Example get the money and don’t supply the cars – Judiciary will pretend you did! Then there is a story
Someone said that if its not political corruption, then its satanism… These are the major sources of afro wealth. Lol
Secret admirer. All you can see that the guy is rich, without thinking of the improbable nature of how a car wash can generate money to acquire such expense assets? That is called being gullible.
The contract to supply has not been signed, in other words not awarded! And you go and purchase the goods? And you do not see anything wrong with that?
I cannot help you mate on this one!
Something is just not right with the handling of everything that is supposed to make the national economy vibrant! Integrity and honesty is compromised amongst institutions and authorities that are supposed to oversee sound management over resources and services both in public and private sectors! Where it involves economic sabotage following the money is key and its like appetite doesn’t exist for follow ups! Whether those in the rich bracket classification pay taxes is a matter needing verification but doubtful if they do while small businesses and individuals are tracked and harassed daily to pay up! Corruption in Zambia has established as a killer disease!
i see no corruption here. these guys have declared what they have secondly government has not even done business with serago.all they did was take a calculated risk to acquire the goods like we all at a small scale the only thing theyhave not done is deliver the product cause there is no binding contract here.people go through your business law and understand before you are sued
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