Following Zambian Watchdog exposure, the energy ministry has cancelled an oil supply tender it wanted to grant to thief Edgar Lungu’s partners such as drug lord Valden Findlay, Lungu’s political advisor Kaizer Zulu and other criminals that Lungu has allowed to capture the state.
Energy Permanent secretary Emelda Chola, who has always been embroiled in oil corruption scandals, told one local publication that government has decided to cancel the tender process without stating reasons for the move.
Chola advised bidders who had been shortlisted to approach the ministry and seek clarifications on the status of fuel tender, which was at vetting process before its cancellation.
She claimed that as per bid document government was not obliged to give reasons for the cancellation of the tender.
On 1 and 2 February 2018, the Watchdog uncovered a corrupt scheme whereby Edgar Lungu was in the process of awarding his partners contracts to supply 90, 000 metric tones of petrol and 240, 000 metric tones of diesel to the Zambian government.
Just to hoodwink the public, Emelda Chola, the permanent secretary in the Energy ministry had written to the director of Intelligence (OP) to vet the seven shortlisted bidders. The companies that were shortlisted were Chrismar Earth Moving Equipment, Davon Oil, RB Energy, EL Shaddai Capital, Delta Energy, LBM Investment Limited and Cash Fin Zambia Limited.
But the Watchdog meticulously proved with documents that almost all these companies were owned by Lungu and Kaizer Zulu’s business partners or agents.
The Watchdog proved that Lungu’s partner and drug lord Valden Findlay is the owner of Chrismar Earth moving equipment which is among the seven shortlisted bidders despite having no experience in supplying oil.
The Watchdog further showed that Findlay also owns CashFin, one of the seven shortlisted bidders. Cashfin, which is registered in the name of Joseph Chilinda is owned by drug dealers Noble Findlay and his bloody brother Valden Findlay. These are the shadow directors and beneficial owners of the company.
Joseph Chilinda is the one who runs the Presidential Marketeers Empowerment Initiative where Central Province Permanent Secretary Chanda Kabwe is the Chairperson.
The Findlay brothers are the people who finance Cashfin in order to clean the laundered money. Noble Findlay is the owner of Auto World while Valden is the owner of Chrisma Hotel and Chrisma Earth Moving Company a construction company with no history of supplying fuel.
The Watchdog further showed that Devon Oil is a front for Lungu’s advisor Kaizer Zulu and Derrick Mpundu and not the peasants who had been fronted on the PACRA documents.
Derrick Mpundu is the criminal behind Star Times Limited which together with Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (Dead NBC) incorporated Topstar.
Another shortlisted bidder, LBM is owned by Goodward Mulubwa, the owner of Chati Breweries an Opaque beer brewing company. Mulubwa is also the owner of Swift Construction a company that was dubiously subcontracted to do 20km of the Chingola Solwezi road. He is yet to finish even 2km of the project. He is a close friend to Edgar Lungu.
According Chola’s letter to the OP, 40 companies participated in the bid in November 2017.
We hope the next bid will be transparent. The Watchdog will take keen interest in this tender and will watch it with eyes of a greyhound. We are very sure that this corruption will surface in a different format. We know these criminals. They can’t give up.