President Edgar Lungu has abruptly cancelled his intended trip to Kabwe after learning that the Lusaka high Court has granted an injunction to Mohammed enterprises Tanzania Limited (METL) to restrain government from repossessing the giant textile plant in Kabwe.
Last week, the President had planned an impromptu trip to cleanse himself from the mess he created by corruptly allowing the Tanzanian of Asian origin to have the 12 year renewable lease. METL paid Lungu huge sums of money for his PF and republican presidential election campaigns. But during intelligence briefings this morning, the President was advised not to travel to Kabwe to avoid the booing that he is now receiving in some parts of the country because of unpopular PF policies. Instead he will go to Mkushi, Luano, Chitambo and Serenje districts, according to the diary details obtained by the Watchdog.
METL was given the nation’s largest textile plant and in a bid to hoodwink the Kabwe people during elections, the company jointly with Kabwe MPs James Kapyanga and Sydney Mushanga advertised for jobs which the lied that would be created. The company has not revamped the textile plant but using it as a storage and distribution point for imported detergents and fertiliser.
Meanwhile the Watchdog has received unverified information that the entire plant which has ginnery, spinning, weaving and processing factories was leased at a paltry K220,000 per year but METL has declined to pay the full amount citing ‘economic’ hardships and are seeking a renegotiation of the terms, in line with the porous agreement. The agreement also provides for a waiver of some taxes and six months’ rentals in the first three years.