Deputy High Commissioner in London exposed

Editor,

The Anti Corruption Commission, Drug Enforcement Commission and the Office Auditor General need to immediately send officers to the Zambia High Commission in London to thoroughly investigate the Deputy High Commission, Mr Chola Chama for committing the following offences:

1. Getting bribes from Freight Forwarding Companies so as to influence awrding of tenders to them to transport personal effects of staff on recall, transfer or posting. The companies involved are El SHADDAI AND TIME TRAVEL. It is believed that money has been deposited in his personal bank account in London. EL SHADDAI has failed to transport the personal effects of Mr Mungongi Samutete who was transfered to South Africa in May this year despite being paid collosal sums of money. Follow up telephone calls to the company have remained unanswered and the goods can not be traced. EL SHADDAI is owned by one, Pastor Mulenga who resides in Manchester. The said company is not a freight forward but deals in medical supplies.

2. Payments are made to third parties and not to the company that is awarded the tender, as the said companies appear as inactive at the UK Companies register.

3. Intimidating tender committee members so as to influence them to award tenders to his prefered companies in which he has personal interest. The tender committee refused to be intimidated when it was deliberating on the transportation of Brig Gen Martin Mumbi’s personal effects to Zambia. This infruriated Mr Chama so much to the extent of threatening disciplinary action against the tender committee members if his prefered company was not favoured.

4. Mr Chama single sourced the awarding of a tender to his prefered company in which he has personal interest to transport the persoal effects of an officer who was recently posted to to the Zambian Embassy in Washington. And when querried why he had single sourced he said ”I HVE LOST CONFIDENCE IN THE TENDER COMMITTEE SO I HAD TO DO IT ON MY OWN”

5. Mr Chama has allocated himself a personal to holder motor vehicle(LEXUS registration number 282D284) which he is not entitled to.

6. Mr Chama drives the said vehicle at weekends yet Government of the Republic of Zambia regulations state that officers need to be in possession of a valid certificate of competence in order to drive a government motor vehicle. Mr Chama does not possess such a certificate. This is a serious offence punishable by dismisal.

7. Mr Chama takes alcohol while he is being driven in the motor vehicle. TAKING ALCOHOL FOR BOTH DRIVERS AND PASSENGERS IS A SERIOUS OFFENCE IN THE UK, MORE SO FOR A DIPLOMAT. THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE CAN REQUEST THE CONCERNED EMBASSY TO WITHDRAW SUCH A DIPLOMAT IF HE IS FOUND OUT. THE DRIVER ALSO RISKS LOOSING HIS LICENCE AND GOING TO JAIL.

8. Mr Chama is fond of intimidating diplomatic staff and locally engaged staff/support staff as he is suspicious that his illegal activities are under scrutiny. He has dismissed a driver for no apparent cause.

9. Mr Chama’s lack of diplomatic ettiquette has caused the Mission to be summoned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as clients and staff have reported the Mission.

Share this post