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Bowman challenges President Hichilema over his links to African Life Financial Service after firm wins tender

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Former Kabushi PF Member of Parliament Bowman Lusambo is demanding for the immediate resignation of President Hakainde Hichilema on grounds that he has failed to separate his office and his businesses.

Mr. Lusambo said in the event that President Hichilema does not resign on moral grounds, the awarding of the contract for the Environmental Protection Fund Manager by the government to African Life Financial Services Zambia Limited must be annulled and the tender re-advertised without the participation of African Life.

He said failure to adequately respond to his demands will leave him with no choice but to instruct his lawyers to commence legal action to challenge the awarding of the contract to a firm which is closely associated with the Head of State.

Mr Lusambo said he takes great exception to the awarding of a contract and his strong objection has been informed by the fact that African Life has close business ties to President Hichilema.

Below is Mr Lusambo’s full statement

AFRICAN LIFE AND STATE HOUSE

We take great exception to the awarding of a contract for the Environmental Protection Fund Manager by the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development to African Life Financial Services Zambia Limited. Our strong objection has been informed by the fact that African Life has close business ties to President Hakainde Hichilema.

Public records still shows that President Hichilema and his business associates Muna Hantuba and Valentine Chitalu still hold a stake in Aflife Holdings, the parent company of African Life Financial Services.

We have just delivered a letter to State House addressed to President Hakainde Hichilema expressing our deep concern over this level of anomaly and irregularity.

We find it immoral, indecent, inappropriate and highest levels of corporate greed for the Government through the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development to award a public tender to a company closely associated with a sitting Head of State. In other jurisdictions, this is a clear case of insider trading for which prosecution could be warranted.

It remains our considered view that President Hichilema should lift the corporate veil that he was enjoying when he was in the private sector now that he is citizen No. 1. It is disingenuous for President Hichilema to continue shouting the loudest on how he is fighting corruption and yet is still doing business with a government he runs.

We are heading into midterm season for his administration but he has frantically refused to make public his declaration of his assets and liabilities. We find it extremely odd that a man who pontificates of running a transparent and clean government could struggle to tell the people he governs how much he is worth, whom he owes, the companies he has interest in and his tax records.

Given the gravity of the African Life contract, we demand the immediate resignation of President Hichilema on grounds that he has failed to separate his office and his businesses. The Zambia of today cannot afford to have a dishonest President using his office for his personal benefit and that of his cronies. In an event that President Hichilema does not resign on moral grounds, we demand that the awarding of the contract be annulled and the tender be re-advertised without the participation of African Life.

Failure to adequately to respond to our demands will leave us with no choice but instruct our lawyers to commence legal action to challenge the awarding of a contract to a firm which is closely associated with the Head of State.

7 COMMENTS

  1. HH’ interest is to enrich himself. Zambians you are in for it. We warned you but you did not listen.

    He will be the richest man in Africa by the time he will leave office

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  2. The f00I is always busy preaching a about corruption yet he is the biggest crook of them all. Us we know what hh is capable of. Those who voted for him should be ashamed of themselves!

  3. It is very concerning when Bowman Lasumbo of all people begins to have merit in his public discussions. Anyone objective enough is forced to agree with his stance here.

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  4. Who said he came to work for you? Abomba mwibala.
    He is taking care of his interest. Let’s see what you’re made of Lusambo because one thing is for sure. He will not resign.
    African leaders, awe sure.

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  5. Just that dull face of Bouwman Lusambo shows his hunger for more corruption and aggressiveness. Benthem way whe are those crooks in Dawn goeverment going to put his house on auction. So that I can buy. Sell it and contribute the money to General Miyanda orphanage house.

  6. @Chiza Chirwa I have loathed this Lusambo man from the time he was henchman of thieving Lungu. But here he has an argument. And if all opposition leaders and public institutions just want to sit and watch then we are a lost nation. We need action and it must be seen

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