Minister of defence Davies Chama and his home affairs counterpart Steven Kampyongo have jointly stolen K15,125,000.00 money which was meant for the commando marine unit and other security forces along Zambia’s borders. Defence permanent secretary Sturdy Mwale is also said to have benefited from the loot.
According to officials from ministry of finance, a total of K25,350,000.00 was released to beef up security on Zambian borders especially after the controversial August elections but reconciliation with what has been spent reveals that only K10,225,000.00 was used while as at 28th February the fund was completely exhausted.
And senior accounting personnel at both the defence and home affairs ministries have confirmed a fund of that kind having been created and being controlled by the two ministers. The theft was discovered as officials from the defence ministry were collecting information to input into the quarterly report which ends on 31st March.
The amount for the same operations are also said to have been highlighted in the home affairs report which was presented to President Edgar Lungu by Kampyongo early last month.
To cover up their tracks, the two ministers have been taking joint trips into bordering towns and claim that they have been checking on how the same fund has been used. The theft is believed to have taken place in collusion with some other senior police and Zambia army officers.
Under the defence service Act, money for covert operations is not subjected to public audits and has been a conduit pipe for politicians to loot the nation’s resources but the soldiers complained that the theft under PF has been rampant while the government was not procuring required equipment. They said that the situation poised a serious threat against external and internal aggression.