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Antonio Mwanza advises Dr Magwende to tell Zambians the “truth” when the matter goes to court

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ANTONIO Mwanza has charged that within 11 months the UPND government cannot account for US $100 million. The PF media director said Dr George Magwende, the former Ministry of Health permanent secretary for administration, should not be used as a sacrificial lamb.

Dr Magwende was fired by President Hakainde Hichilema last Sunday and immediately was called for questioning by the Anti-Corruption Commission. Mwanza said he feels sorry for Dr Magwende adding that the current administration should be held accountable over $100 million prefab Covid hospitals matter. He said this when he featured on 5FM’s State of the Nation on Thursday.

“And I look at Dr Magwende, I feel sorry for that comrade for simple reasons. First of all, Zambians must be told the truth. A US $100 million deal cannot go through without the approval of Cabinet which is headed by the President. The permanent secretary cannot write to the Secretary to the Treasury to ask for US $100 million without the approval of Cabinet, without the approval of the line Ministry,” Mwanza said. “The people who are supposed to be held accountable for this US $100 million…it has to start with Cabinet, which is headed by the President. Iyi (this) US $100 million…in 11 months, inayenda kuti (where has it gone)? Who approved it? What role did the Ministry of Finance play? What role did the Ministry of Health play? What role did the Secretary to the Treasury [Felix Nkulukusa] play? You can’t use Magwende as a sacrificial lamb.”

He advised Dr Magwende to tell Zambians the “truth” when the matter goes to court.

“Tell the Zambian people the truth. You were a junior officer in the group, an implementation officer, a permanent secretary employed by the President on a contract of three years,” Mwanza said. “A very junior officer. You don’t make policy. The policy is made by government officials, Cabinet. You don’t approve government expenditure. It is approved by Cabinet.”

On Thursday, ACC director general Gilbert Phiri told The Mast that investigations in the matter in Dr Magwende was summoned is wide ranging and that he is simply one of the persons that the commission wanted to interview.

“It is an ongoing investigation. There are a lot of documents to go through. So it is a wide ranging investigation concerning that issue. Dr Magwende was simply one of the persons we wanted to talk to,” said Phiri. “The conclusion of our investigation will be made public. Once we conclude and you know we are not assuming anything in our investigations. They have been on-going but whatever will be concluded will be in public interest. Obviously, it will be in public interest. I mean we are dealing with health. We are dealing with colossal sums of money involved. We are dealing with possible government liability which impacts on the public person. It is an issue in public interest. So it is not in the interest of the public at the end of investigation not to inform them.”

25 COMMENTS

  1. This is where PF get it wrong and get never be seen to be sincere when they say they have “repented”, why can you not just point to the issue of $100million without dropping in names? Why are you always supporting the people being called in for corruption issues is it just a coincidence?

  2. Tarino shut your rotten t0nga mouth you postdated dog.

    The matter and issue is how so much money can go missing under the watch of upnd government. Pf left and yet here you are failing to take responsibility for the leadership you desperately wanted and lied to get. If you have failed to govern then just quit and let people who have capacity to lead do so. upnd are realising that leading is not easy.

  3. Tarino shut your r0tten t0nga mouth you p0stdated d0g.

    The matter and issue is how so much money can go missing under the watch of upnd government. Pf left and yet here you are failing to take resp0nsibility for the Ieadership you desperately wanted and lied to get. If you have failed to govern then just quit and let people who have capacity to Iead do so. upnd are realising that Ieading is not easy.

  4. This little twerp……..AKA Zambian Citizen

    Is a corrupt anti democrat. ……….

    Lungu told us how this little piece of sh.it adviced lungu to reject the election results………

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    • Really laughable …so this lad was Zambian Citizen who was thick as porridge when he blogged on LT who justified Ambulances costing $280,000 when he has never seen one and that they cost far less than $100,000 in Germany.

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    • Now it suites you to call upon LT for moderating your comments, when I was calling upon LT for stu,pidly moderating innocent comments, you were busy rejoicing…..what a hypocrite !!!
      In fact LT should block you forever until you return back to your original avatar of of N,,E,,,Z

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    • They only moderated my comment following an argument i had with one of their moderators based in France. He will be fired soon because i have a lot of influence on lusaka times. Block me? Hahaha you must be mad

  5. For someone whose PF failed regime told lies for all the 10 yrs of their misrule demanding truth just shows PF hypocrisy

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  6. yes antonio you should feel sorry because in yo govt mismanagement was normal. and yo boss never fired anybodydespite the calls and cries of people. and it is foolish to evenadvis?ng magwende to go and tell the truth becoz thats the reason he has been fired and summoned . he has to tell the truth for he sall by law swear to tell the truth before uttering any thing in court. so antonio dont expose yo extreme igonorance even if you are politically bitter. but no more ‘Alebwelelapo Sorry!’ song

  7. yes antonio you should feel sorry because in yo govt mismanagement was normal. and yo boss never fired anybodydespite the calls and cries of people. and it is foolish to evenadvis?ng magwende to go and tell the truth becoz thats the reason he has been fired and summoned . he has to tell the truth for he sall by law swear to tell the truth before uttering any thing in court. so antonio dont expose yo extreme igonorance even if you are politically bitter. but no more ‘Alebwelelapo Sorry!’ song

  8. Antonio mwanza is one of the most tainted PF characters perhaps after lungu………

    Lungus revelation that Antonio mwanza advised him not to conced defeat , renders anything this guy says as sour…………

    Antonio mwanza should be no where near any leadership of any sensible political party…………

  9. Antonio mwanza is one of the most tainted PF characters perhaps after lungu………

    Lungus revelation that Antonio mwanza advised him not to conced defeat , renders anything this guy says as sour…………

    In fact it was him who publicly threatened that HH would die in prison………..

    Antonio mwanza should be no where near any leaders of any sensible political party…………

  10. Antonio mwanza is one of the most tainted PF chatalans perhaps after lungu………

    Lungus revelation that Antonio mwanza advised him not to conced defeat , renders anything this guy says as sour…………

    In fact it was him who publicly threatened that HH would die in prison………..

    Antonio mwanza should be no where near any sensible political party…………

  11. Lungus revelation that Antonio mwanza advised him not to conced defeat , makes anything this guy says as sour…………

    In fact it was him who publicly threatened that HH would die in prison………..

    Antonio mwanza should be no where near any sensible political party…………

  12. Antion mwanza adviced lungu not to conced power

    In fact it was him who publicly threatened that HH would die in prison………..

    Antonio mwanza should be no where near any sensible political party…………

  13. Antion mwanza adviced lungu not to conced power

    In fact it was him who publicly threatened that HH would die in prison………..

  14. These are last kicks of a dying pf, these guys are unrepentant. In the history of zambia, no former ruling party ever bounced back to power. Just find something sensible to do else you starve

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