– Minister Malanji is no better than former diplomat Cosmas Chileshe, whom he fired yesterday.
Details have emerged how Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Malanji took advantage of a rich widow, married her, abused her wealth then dumped her.
Malanji, the PF government top diplomat took undue advantage of Chifunilo Chembe Nkumbula’s wealth and later dumped her.
Details are that between 2012 and 2014, Malanji married Chifunilo Chembe the Widow of late Baldwin Nkumbula. Baldwin Nkumbula was the minister of sports for one year under Fredrick Chiluba. He was the son of freedom fighter Harry Mwanga Nkumbula and a wealthy businessman having inherited emerald businesses from senior Nkumbula.
When Baldwin Nkumbula was assassinated in a road accident, his massive property in terms of precious stones and cash in banks went to his wife since their three children were all minors.
Malanji ‘married’ the widow and started staying with her in one of the Nkumbula properties along Zambezi road in Riverside Kitwe.
At the time minister Malanji moved in with Nkumbula’s widow, he had just ditched his other wife.
While living with Chifunilo, Mr. Joseph Malanji coerced the widow and made her surrender the title deeds for her family properties.
The minister of foreign affairs then used these tittle deeds to obtain loans from commercial banks and bought other buildings in Kitwe, this time in his name.
He also used the widow’s money to renovate the same properties he acquired and turned them into hotels. At this time, minister Malanji whose education qualification is form 3 and a diploma in business management had no proper business or job.
One of the building he bought using the widow’s money is now called Royal Gibson Hotel, which is former Workers Compensation Fund building in Kitwe’s Industrial Area along the Kitwe/ Chingola road just near Toyota Zambia Kitwe branch.
He further renovated a house in Kitwe’s Riverside area near VML Shopping Mall and turned it into a lodge. The name of the Lodge is Continental Lodge.
After making all these moves, Malanji started defaulting in repaying his loans and abandoned Chifunilo. The banks foreclosed on (grabbed) Chifunilo’ property.
For his part, Minisyer Malanji divorced Chifunilo.
Malanji who is also Kwacha Member of Parliament now stays at the Continental Lodge whenever he visits his constituency.
Nkumbula’s Chifunilo even went into depression at one time our source and has not recovered even financially.
Malanji yesterday announced the recalling of Pastor Chileshe for conduct unbecoming of a Diplomat for abandoning his Wife and four children in favour of Veteran broadcaster Maureen Nkandu.
We will wait to see if Edgar Lungu will also recall Mr. Malanji who is not worth being called Honourable.