WYNTER Kabimba has demanded an explanation from Director General of the Intelligence and Security Services Samuel Nkhoma over his collaboration with Israel’s election ‘strategist’ Timor Consulting.
Kabimba, the Rainbow Party general secretary and its presidential candidate in the August elections, stated in a letter to Nkhoma dated February 22 that President Edgar Lungu’s instruction to the intelligence chief to sign a contract with Timor Consulting, a private Israeli company engaged by the PF to help the party win elections, was prejudicial to the security of the state.
“On Monday 04 January, 2016, the Post Newspaper carried a story about a letter written to you as Director General by His Excellency President Edgar Lungu directing your office to work in collaboration with Timor Consulting, a private company contracted by the PF to render election consulting services to the party. The date of the letter and the contents thereof were all spelt out in the said article,” Kabimba stated.
“As Rainbow Party, we consider the President’s alleged instructions to your office and the effect of such collaboration between a foreign private company and the Zambia Security Intelligence Service (ZSIS) as prejudicial to the security of the state and ultimately the public interest. As you may know or are expected to know, PF is nothing but a registered private society of individuals pursuing political objectives. In this regard, it is as much a threat to the security of the state as any other organisation in the country.”
He stated that if Nkhoma failed to explain the collaboration between ZSIS and Timor Consulting within seven days, Rainbow Party would begin legal proceedings against the institution, PF and Timor Consulting.
“In view of the above, unless we get an unequivocal explanation from your office about the nature of the alleged collaboration and its bearing on state security within seven days from the date of this letter, we shall have no option but to refer this matter to our lawyers to commence legal proceedings against Timor Consulting, the ZSIS and the Patriotic Front,” stated Kabimba.
President Lungu, through his press aide Amos Chanda, wrote to Nkhoma, asking him to sign a contract with Timor Consulting to help the PF win the general elections this year.
“I wish to inform you that His Excellency Mr Edgar C Lungu has authorised me to engage the above named firm [Timor Consulting] to provide consulting services for the 2016 general elections campaign. To guarantee the highest level of information management and integrity of the project, it is desirable that this contract is signed under your auspices,” stated Chanda in his latter dated October 9, 2015 which he signed.