The opposition Patriotic Front (PF) has challenged Universal Print Group (UPG), a South African printing company contracted to print the country’s ballot papers, to take legal action if they feel aggrieved by the allegations.
PF Chairman for local government Given Lubinda says what company managing director for thebusiness form division Mr. Bharat Mehta said in the Zambia daily mail that his company has never resorted to any corrupt practices is false.
Mr. Lubinda says Mr. Mheta should be truthful in his statement that UPG is a reputable and established print company which has a proud record of delivering print services to many African countries.
Mr. Lubinda even wondered why the printing company decided to respond to the allegation through a newspaper that was not even revealing the corruption allegations.
Mr. Lubinda advised Mr. Mheta to ask his staff Vik Vaid, who is said to have been the courier of bribes on behalf of the company, if he has not deposited money in a Stanbic bank, account number 0140034477502