President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, who is also Defence Minister, and Henry Banda son of former President Rupiah Banda (RB) plus a few handful P.F big wigs are the ones to supply arms to different State Security wings amounting to US$ 400,000,000 (Four Hunderd Million US dollars from French Arms Giant Thales, the Zambian Watchdog can reveal as a follow up to the earlier story this week.
According to information obtained by a foreign diplomat, between December 2014 and January 2015, Thales chartered flights, bought suits, shoes and met legal fees for Edgar Lungu during the PF succession battle. Thales also paid hotel bills for Lungu and Rupiah Banda when they visited Angola, Rwanda and Nigeria to seek funding.
It is alleged that between December 2014 and January 2015 Thales gave Edgar Lungu through Henry Banda USD$ 2.5 million in return for political protection when Edgar Lungu wins and to secure future business deals in supplying arms to Zambia National Service, Arny, Zambia Airforce, the police, Drug Enforcement Commission and the Intelligence.
It is further alleged that Thales gave the Patriotic Front (the ruling Party) USD$2.5million and ZMK 1.5 million through Alex Mukuka Chaka at an account held at Barclay’s Bank Prestige Account Longacres Branch and into a PF account held by an individual Kelvin Bwalya Fube via a secret Dubai account.
Further afield during their Mfuwe retreat see here details here http://www.zambianwatchdog.com/lungu-katumbi-rb-henry-banda-seal-arms-deal-for-zambian-military, it was established that Thales through its representative Henry Banda agreed to Bankroll the PFs campaigns in the by elections slated for Masaiti and Chawama as well as the sixteen wards.
As President of the Republic of Zambia and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces President Lungu is expected to promote Thales arms and electronic companies future businesses in Zambia.
Thales is expected to supply different arms to the said State Security Wings as soon as all formalities are done at a total cost of USD $ 400.000,000 Four Hundred Million.
Former president Rupiah Banda is facing charges of corruption in the Zambian courts but is not currently detained as he is on court bail.
His son Henry is hiding in South Africa where he has been eluding the police. He is wanted by the police in Zambia for various offences committed during the short time his father was president.