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FIC must be made to account for the missing US$2.5 million dollars-Chanda

Headlines FIC must be made to account for the missing US$2.5 million dollars-Chanda

New Congress Party president Pastor Peter Chanda says the financial intelligence center FIC must be made to account for the missing US$2.5 million dollars.

Addressing the media in Lusaka, Pastor Chanda said the FIC dubiously paid a named foreign company US$ 2.5 million dollars to install the security surveillance system, the work which was not done.

He said the company contracted by the FIC has since vanished with the US$ 2.5 million dollars tax payers money.

Pastor Chanda said Several calls have been made but the FIC director Mary Chirwa has remained mute over the allegations.

” We fail to understand why the FIC which is not an investigative wing had to embark on such a journey of installing surveillance security systems and at the same time losing US$ 2.5 million dollars, hard earned taxpayers money. Development is retarded when corruption is at the centre ” Pastor Chanda said.

Pastor said the FIC director Mary Chirwa and her team must be suspended so that thorough investigations are conducted at the institution.

” It is this vain we call on President Hakainde Hichilema to set up a tribunal that will suspend the director of financial intelligence center Mary chirwa and her team so that thorough investigation can be done in the US$ 2.5 million dollars which was paid to foreign company, a company that was supposed to setup security surveillance systems,” Pastor Chanda said.

According to the Daily Nation Newspaper, the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) has failed to deny reports that it paid US$10 million for a surveillance system worth US$ 2 million and has been paying US$2.5 million a year for maintenance, resulting in a cumulative payment of US$18 million to date.

According to information provided to the Daily Nation, the agency paid the US$10 million in 2017 for a system that has not been fully installed because spy towers, probes, and the network system have never been installed.

The FIC apparently abandoned a powerful system which was bought in 2012/2013 called the “IBM i2 Intelligence System” which is the same system that the Pentagon and the CIA used to track down terrorist financing, in preference for the new Israeli system whose suppliers have now vanished.

The true price of the intelligence management system is US$ 2 million and not US$10 million. The difference of US$ 8 million reportedly went into kickbacks. The new information follows a story that the Daily Nation published last week that a vendor paid US$2.5 million for a surveillance system had disappeared.

19 COMMENTS

  1. These law enforcement institutions have let us down,,,, they are comprised of incompetent and inefficient cowards..
    Just imagine the rampant graft under pf and ECL but no buffoon has been arrested yet.

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  2. This scandal happened when your party PF were in full control. Now you want Bally to fix it. Don’t worry though, the wheels of accountability have already started grinding and sooner than later action shall be taken against ministry of finance and FIC officials involved in the the scandal.

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  3. flag Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee

    All this and you are telling me Lungu didn’t know about it? I thought the FIC and the Auditor General’s office were angels and a darling when it comes to corruption scandals under the corrupt Lungu regime. It’s like everyone participated in the [email protected] of the country’s meager resources.
    As #1 asks above, to think no one from this Lungu is yet to made to answer for these crimes is in itself shocking. I know HH made a deal with RB to spare Lungu, and he is afraid of being seen as vindictive but there’s a difference between political persecution and genuinely ensuring accountability for the stolen loot and ensuring that the resources are returned and culprits are made to answer questions.

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  4. flag Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee

    HH has the mandate and people’s goodwill to make these thieves return the people’s stolen money. Not to do so is being complacency on his part and is likely a crime in itself. And where’s the “Corruption Truth” commission that was promised? The longer we wait the less likely we will recover anything. These thieves are covering their tracks and destroying evidence as we wait naively. Pounce right now!

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  5. And what is the meaning of this reluctance from bally to fire these guys,,, he should act soon,,, he seems phlegmatic and /or mollified while these criminals are destroying physical evidence.

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  6. So this pastor is asking HH to set up “tribunal that will suspend the director of financial intelligence center Mary chirwa and her team so that thorough investigation can be done in the US$ 2.5 million dollars which was paid to foreign company” ??
    A Targeted tribunal?? Doesn’t make sense and its not right.

  7. Pounce on the thieves quickly with what? The same Agencies you call useless and incompentent? Come man, this stolen money the large chunk of it is not in Zambia. Thats why while in America abena Kamala Harris gave us a dosier with every corrupt chap on it and how much they are hiding and where. Something like the Panama papers 🙂

  8. Source: daily nation , seriously corrupt PF mouth piece….

    Instigator: peter chanda , a serious lungu and PF supporter

    Are we trying to deflect attention away from FIC reports ???……….

    Or cover the tracks of bags of money being found ???……

  9. That $2.something dollars is equivalent to the amount found in Zambian kwacha found at that prostitute’s house.
    That cash in 30 bags came from Mary Chirwa.
    Investigate, you prove me right.

  10. This is a clear case of ‘WE CANT GO DOWN ALONE’ let’s go down with many other innocent people. You morally bankrupt and corrupt Pastor in a ‘brief case’ nashala neka katemba Church, since when did you start fighting corruption you corrupt demon, you and your Lungu are the definition of corruption, thieving and violence. In a serious country no media would quote you and your idiocy. I hope when you die you go to the hottest part of hell. Zambians were brutalised, oppressed, undressed, gaged etc. by your Lungu with support from meaningless vuvuzelas like you. Your criminal and gangster Pf will never ever come back to power, never, get this in your grease head.

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  11. You honestly think PF would have let her put money in her purse whilst she is publishing those trends…they would have hang her up to dry so they had a reason to sack her and place a stooge in that office.

  12. This Peter Chanda I wont call him pastor because that’s how they hoodwink people with titles like that Edward Chomba…I am sure this contract was under Ministry of Home Affairs but this pastor is just too lazy to research.

  13. I really fail to understand the hatred some UPND bloggers have against Edgar Lungu. Are you really serious to say everyone who was stealing was doing so because of ECL. Is a president a security guard? Normal people would have apologised for insulting him over the 48 houses. The FIC director is accused of entering a questionable its ECL. So if a stores officer is stealing at Trade Kings, its because of the CEO? What kind of hatred is this mwebantu? All this hatred is meant to dent his achievement of energy independence(no more load shedding), dams for irrigation, modern airports, Mopani now a profitable mine, hospitals and schools(including 4 universities), cholera is no more etc. To prove he is better than ECL, HH muct achieve more and better in a short time.

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  14. Dominion – Your first mistake is to label everyone as UPND who is critical of LAZY LUNGU…this is what even cost PF the elections. Yes you are right the President is not the Chief Guard but he has been mandated to oversee our resources, look what political will can do just to fight corruption exhibited by HH…you had a President who never fired anyone for corruption everything to him was like he was being pushed to pretend to act. How can you have the whole President with OP resources telling us that bring evidence when its clear for everyone to see your ministers are awarding themselves tenders in their ministries and buying helicopters.

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