President Edgar Lungu has fired Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) Deputy Director of Transport Pumi Mufwankili for no proper reason.
Sources from both State House and RTSA have disclosed that Mr. Mufwankila’s contract was terminated last week a day after RTSA boss Zindaba Soko visited State House to backbite and lie that Mr. Mufwankila was a UPND sympathiser.
The President then instructed Communications Minister Kapembwa Simbao to dismiss Mr. Mufwankila, the source said.
Another source at RTSA said Simbao then instructed the RTSA Board Chairperson who terminated Mr. Mufwankila’s contact.
“The truth is that Pumi was a threat to Soko whose contract expires next month. Pumi is the longest serving Deputy Director and knows RTSA in and out. Zindaba Soko’s contract expires next month and he saw Pumi as a serious threat and created a lie against him,’ the source explained.
Zindaba Soko’s contract expires in January 2016. He is one of the beneficiaries of the US$ 8million bribery that an Israel company called OTI offered to be awarded a contract to install a system software at RTSA. The money was shared with Special Assistant to the President for Corruption Kaizer Zulu.
Even his appointment as RTSA was to though nepotism and to facilitate corruption. Soko did not qualify to be RTSA boss as he was just a junior transport officer at Ministry of Finance. He is a brother in-law to Mines Minister Christopher Yaluma. He is married to Yaluma’s young sister.