President Michael Sata has cancelled a contract to build a new State House and the construction of a new international airport which was supposed to be constructed by Chinese company, Shanghai Construction (Group) General Co and a Turkish company, respectively.
Mr Sata said the country’s current State House is more than adequate and wondered why the former government had decided to embark on an expensive venture of building another State House.
“Building a new airport is an important venture and needs cabinet approval and advertising. I am cancelling the building of the airport… and there was no tender. We are going to investigate,” Mr Sata said.
President Sata also revealed that the number of expensive Toyota Lexus vehicles bought by former President Banda was in fact not two but four and has demanded that investigations should be launched to find out where the other two cars are. He has directed Minister of Home Affairs Kennedy Sakeni to investigate the matter.
And the president Sata has said that he is disappointed that people who allegedly bought the gold that went missing from the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) sneaked into the country on October 12 and were allowed to return to Switzerland without police detection.
President Sata said he had lost confidence in Lusaka Divisional Commander Mhlakeni Zulu and has since retired him in national interest and replaced him with Ms Mary Tembo.
The President revealed that the multi-million dollar gold that mysteriously went missing was in fact bought by Swiss national, Nicola Bogdan Buzaianu, who is also Zambia’s permanent representative to United Nations Education and Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
Mr Buzaianu and two colleagues allegedly met former President Banda’s son James and former press aide Dickson Jere. Mr Sata said the three men also allegedly met the former President before travelling to Mfuwe where they had a meeting with an unnamed businessman.
“We were supposed to swear in a deputy Minister Sara Sayifwanda but my sister wanted to twist our arm and wanted to be cabinet minister. We promised a smaller cabinet and we are not going to increase ministries,” the President said.
“It is very sad that the Drug Enforcement Commission seized gold and it went missing mysteriously. The people who bought were in Lusaka a few days ago. They came with a private jet and saw my predecessor. The name is Nicola Bogdan Buzaianu,” President Sata said. President Sata said Mr Buzaianu and two other men arrived in Zambia on October 12 aboard a private jet.
Meanwhile, the President has revoked the appointment of Zambezi West member of Parliament, Sarah Sayifwanda (MMD) as deputy Minister of Gender because the MP demanded a full Cabinet portfolio.
The President said the ministry, which has been renamed Gender and Child Development, will be run by a permanent secretary. “We were supposed to swear in a deputy Minister Sara Sayifwanda but my sister wanted to twist our arm and wanted to be cabinet minister. We promised a smaller cabinet and we are not going to increase ministries,” the President said.
[Zambia Daily Mail]