I am writing to alert you to the dealings of our Commerce minister and his son based in Los Angeles, USA. In the months following his father’s appointment as minister, Robert Sichinga, jr proceeded to form a business with an official sounding name: “Zambia-USA Chamber of Commerce” – details here, http://www.zambiausachamber.
By the way, the address shown is his home/apartment! Now, one would think such a title was deliberately selected to have investors believe that this entity is an extension of the Zambian Commerce Ministry – especially if it is being run by a Sichinga!
Hon Sichinga and a delegation of five from Zambia are currently visiting the U.S. marketing Zambia to American investors.
First stop, Los Angeles: Host of this official mission, none other than his son (the sole person behind the Zambia-USA Chamber of Commerce). Hon Sichinga gave his son the official task of contacting and arranging meetings with government officials like senators, local government and city officials as well as potential investors (Instead of the Zambian Embassy).
Is this how an official trip abroad should be handled?
In an era of transparency where corruption is not condoned, how can a minister be running a public office like a family business?
Could you please look into whether there is any improper conduct involved here?