Home affairs minister Lameck Mangani has dismissed media reports suggesting that government has agreed to pay 9 million rand equivalent to about K5.4 billion to a South African traffic equipment and car dealer despite the ongoing investigations into the Zambia Police Service’s irregular purchase of VIP escort vehicles and bulletproof BMW X5 presidential vehicles from the same firm.
Yesterday it was reported in the Post Newspaper, that Mr MANGANI, his permanent secretary Ndiyoyi Mutiti, and an officer from the Office of the President special branch identified as Muzongwe had traveled to South Africa to agree with Instrumentation for Traffic Law Enforcement (Pty) Limited that the Zambian government pay the firm 9 million rand to end the standoff over the purchase and withholding of vehicles purchased by the Zambia Police Service.
The story was written By Chibaula Silwamba.
But in an interview with QFM Mr Mangani said while it is true that he travelled to South Africa, his mission was to see ailing commissioner of Prisons Gibby Nawa who is admitted to hospital.
He dismissed as fabricated reports that he went to pay K5.4 billion to the South African company.
Mr Mangani further explains that there is no way he would pay the money because he is not the controlling officer in his ministry.