Yesterday, the Zambia Watchdog revealed that Edgar Lungu and Isabel Dos Santos, the daughter of Angola’s former president who is being probed for huge corruption have been granted a licence to operate the fourth mobile company in Zambia.
The Zambia Communication Technology (Zicta) announced that the licence has been granted to Unitel International Holdings BV, through a ‘local’ company called Uzi Zambia.
Isabel Dos Santos owns 25 percent stake in Unitel.
Unitel will operate in Zambia under a new outfit registered as UZI Zambia Limited, but as the Zambia Watchdog explained Uzi is owned by Edgar Lungu using proxies as shareholders and directors.
The Zambian Watchdog has now established that the main proxy for Edgar Lungu is Gulam Fared Patel, the man in the photo.
The Zambia Watchdog has further established that
UZI Zambia ltd was Registered on 12 December 2017. This was about four months after the tender to run a fourth mobile company was issued.
Gulam Fared Patel works at Musa Dudhia associates, a law firm he co-owns. The address for Uzi Zambia is Office: 74 independence Avenue Anglo America Building. These are actually the offices for Musa Dudhia and associates.
On paper, the directors of Uzi Zambia are Diogo Santa Marta, an Angolan national and Gulam Fared Patel.
The shareholders are
(A)Jorge Manuel de brito Perreira_1share
(B) United International Holding BV _159shares
The Zambian Watchdog has further discovered that Gulam Fared Patel was introduced to Lungu by Hibeene Mwiinga, Lungu’s economic advisor, the chap in the other photo.
Note also that Gulam Fared Patel is the lawyer for Diego Casilli the owner of East Park Mall on the wrangle with UNZA over land. Diego Cassili is a close associate and business partner of Hibeene Mwiinga the Economic Advisor to Edgar Lungu.
Is it not a shame that a seasoned lawyer like Gulam Fared Patel can be used in such grand corruption at the highest level?
Gulam Fared Patel has been practicing corporate law since 1974. Surely in all this period he didn’t learn anything about corporate governance and the need to stir away from corruption?
How can a company that was hastily created when the tender was already issued beat giants in the industry such as Vodafone? Was this the reason the tender period was extended just to give it to these criminals?
What track record did Uzi Zambia provide to decision makers?
Mr Gulam Fared Patel Sir, so far you have lived a relatively scandal free life, don’t allow these rats to spoil your name in the late evening o your life.
On Isabel Do Santos, the other partner, here is the situation:
Angolan prosecutors opened an investigation on Friday into possible corruption at the country’s state oil giant when it was run by former president Jose Eduardo dos Santos’ daughter Isabel.
Investigators will probe “irregular financial transfers” reported by Sonangol’s new management, prosecutors said in a statement.
Sonangol’s new chief executive Carlos Saturnino angrily criticised the financial management of his predecessor Isabel during a results briefing on Wednesday.
“We started in our roles on November 16, 2017, and tonight we note that the former finance director ordered the transfer of $38m to a company in Dubai,” he said.
The transfer was executed by Banco BIC, a bank at which Isabel was a director.
Isabel was appointed to run Sonangol in June 2016. She was removed from the job in November last year by Angola’s new president Joao Lourenco who has reversed several of his predecessor’s appointments.