PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has ordered the director general of the Intelligence Services, Samuel Nkhoma, to sign a contract with Israeli company Timor Consulting and work together to ensure that the PF wins this year’s general elections.
According to a letter marked “Extremely Confidential” dated October 9, 2015 and signed by President Lungu’s special assistant for press and public relations Amos Chanda, the Head of State wants the intelligence wing to get involved in the work that Timor Consulting will be doing during elections in order to guarantee “information management”.
“Mr Samuel Nkhoma, director general, Zambia Security Intelligence Service, Lusaka. Dear Director General, RE: CONSULTING SERVICE AGREEMENT – TIMOR CONSULTING,” read the preamble of Chanda’s letter.
“I wish to inform you that His Excellency Mr Edgar C Lungu has authorised me to engage the above named firm to provide consulting services for the 2016 general elections campaign.”
He stated that the contract with Timor Consulting needed to be signed under the intelligence wing in order to get desirable results from the “creative services” which the company was offering.
“To guarantee the highest level of information management and integrity of the project, it is desirable that this contract is signed under your auspices,” Chanda stated.
“2. I have examined the technical proposal and I am satisfied that it provides a comprehensive outline of the desired interventions necessary to run an effective and efficient campaign. The proposal particularly provides an elaborate integrated campaign plan encompassing strategic consulting, communication support, creative services, strategic research and social media and digital campaigns. The technical proposal is hereby enclosed.”
He stated that President Lungu had appointed Lusaka businessman Jeff Sitali to be part of the local team of ‘consultants’ in the project.
“3. His Excellency has also directed that a team of local consultants, including Mr Jeff Sitali, be sub-contracted to the project. I have since held consultations with Timor Consulting and we have agreed on the integration process that will take place after the contract has been signed,” Chanda stated.
“4. With regard to the contract attached herewith, kindly note that the contract period is now 1st November, 2015 to 30th September, 2015. Yours sincerely, Amos Chanda, Special Assistant to the President. State House ‘Extremely Confidential’.”
According to a proposal which the company has submitted to the PF, Timor Consulting boasts that it has in the past conducted successful campaigns in Sierra Leone, Mozambique and Botswana.