By Patson Chilemba
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has launched investigations against Housing and Infrastructure minister Vincent Mwale over the tendering for the Belt Stadium in Eastern Province, and against the Ministry of Local Government on the tendering for road works in Eastern Province.
Responding to a press query by Daily Revelation on how far the Commission had gone with regards to the complaint by ruling PF member Colonel Panji’s complaint against the tendering for the Belt Stadium, and the tendering process over the road works under the Ministry of Local Government, where several companies connected with ministers and PF cadres had been shortlisted, ACC corporate affairs officer Collins Chilambwe stated that the Commission was actively pursuing the matters.
“I further wish to inform you that the Commission has commenced investigations for both the Stadium and the process of tendering for road works in Eastern Province by the Ministry of Local Government,” Chilambwe stated. “Furthermore, the public will be informed on the outcome once the investigations are concluded. I thank you for your inquiry.”
In the press query Daily Revelation had sought a response from the Commission on where the two matters stood, whether the Commission was still studying them as indicated in their earlier response last month. Daily Revelation also wanted to find out what steps the Commission was taking over the matter, and whether they would pursue them, or would not pursue them at all.
In September, 2019, Col Panji complained to ACC through their Chipata office against the tendering for the Belt Stadium, where Mwale allegedly found himself as the only bidder during the time he served as Local Government minister. Col Panji also wanted to know how the Ministry of Local Government selected bidders for road works without a public tender. New Local Government permanent secretary Bishop Eddie Chomba recently confirmed to Daily Revelation that the shortlisted companies were now bidding for the actual works now.