Justice minister Wynter Kabimba is behind the police raid on Nyiombo Investment limited and Omnia Fertiliser because he believes that the owners of Nyiombo are friends of Defence minister Geoffrey Mwamba.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) last week raided and sealed off the offices of the fertiliser companies in what they call investigations for corruption.
But latest information show that both the ACC and CCPC are being pushed by Kabimba who is using the move to both cripple Mwamba and also to protect and give the fertiliser businesses to his partners at Neria’s Investments.
Neria ‘s Investments in owned by Kabimba’s friend and funder Fayez Patel.
Fayez Patel, using Richard Phiri, has been fighting Nyiombo and Omnia for some time now after losing the tender to supply and distribute 153,634 tonnes of fertiliser.
The tender was won by Omnia Small-Scale Limited and Nyiombo Investment.
Neria went to court but withdraw the matter from court after realising that they had no grounds to win the case but instead decided to fight through Kabimba.
On Thursday, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) tried to assure farmers countrywide that the raid and investigations on Nyiombo Investment limited and Omnia Fertiliser Zambia limited will not hinder fertiliser supply for 2012-2013 farming season.
ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono and CCPC public relations officer Hanford Chaaba said the dawn raid conducted on the two firms would not put the country’s food security under threat.
The statement by the two government wings follow concerns by agriculture minister Emmanuel Chenda who said the action has thrown the fertiliser supply into disarray.
Chenda, as minister of agriculture, did not know about the move by the ACC and CCPC but just heard in the media.
Kabimba is on a mission to fight and cripple anyone connected to Geoffrey Mwamba.