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Former Defence Permanent Secretary’s uniform payment authorization was not irregular

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The Lusaka Magistrate Court has heard testimony asserting that there were no irregularities in the authorization of a payment exceeding 1.6 million dollars by former Defence Permanent Secretary, Stardy Mwale, for the supply of Zambia National Service (ZNS) officers’ uniforms in September 2017.

The payment was made to African Security Academy of Poland, the company that secured a contract with the Ministry of Defence in April 2016 to supply uniforms for ZNS officers.

Ministry of Defence Senior Procurement Officer, Sangu Mpande, testified before Lusaka Resident Magistrate Sylvia Munyinya, stating that there was nothing suspicious about Mr. Mwale’s authorization. Mr. Mwale, however, was not the Defence Permanent Secretary when the contract was initially signed. The officer in charge during that period was Felix Phiri.

The matter involves charges of corrupt practices, with Mr. Mwale facing accusations related to over 8.5 million Zambian Kwacha. It is alleged that between March 1, 2018, and June 30, 2018, Mr. Mwale solicited and attempted to receive 200,000 dollars from Eagle Trading International.

Mr. Mwale’s arrest took place in August 2022, and he has since been under scrutiny regarding the financial transactions in question.

8 COMMENTS

  1. When you put hatred, bitterness and paranoia at the center of investigations, cases collapse as you can’t see things clearly. How was Stardy Mwale arrested when he wasn’t the substantive PS when the contract was signed?

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  2. The sad reality of Africa………..

    Even things they supposed to be making in their country , they import.

    One or both of two things at play………

    Corruption kickbacks or laziness……..

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    • Deja Vu
      August 1, 2023 At 9:54 am
      “Like going to Israel.”

      Isreal is a very important country , and the president must bring back some agricultural technologies………..

      Apart from that………

      Western FDI can not flow inwards to any country hostile to isreal.

  3. you need to be a littke bit more sophisticated if you want to catch crooks like Sturdy…of course there wont be irregular payments from the ministry, you have to look at money coming in inform of kick backs from the company awarded the contract via third party if you are taking such weak cases to court they will all walk.

  4. Fighting corruption with bitterness won’t take us anywhere. There’s now more corruption in the ND govt than ever before. This is the reason people are calling ECL out of retirement for 2026 showdown because of too many mistakes in the Bally’s govt.

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