*At the centre of the fight is bribes from Chinese contractors
Whle Higher Education Minister Nkandu Luo insists that the Copperbelt University will only be opened after CCTV is installed at the university, she and her cabinet colleagues are cashing in over the transaction.
With barely three days after Infrastructure Minister Ronald Chitotela was acquitted, another scandal involving Patriotic Front (PF) Ministers has been uncovered.
The latest one involves Information Ministers Dora Siliya, her counterpart at Higher Education, Professor Nkandu Luo and Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo. The deal which involves the installation of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras has also engulfed Smart Zambia Coordinator Dr. Martin Mtonga.
According to a highly placed source at Cabinet Office, a wrangle has erupted among the above named individuals. The wrangle is that each one of the above mentioned has vested interested in the K10 million contract to put CCTV on the Copperbelt University (CBU) campus. ” The problem is that each of these mentioned have Chinese companies that they want to undertake the contract but can not agree on one hence the delay to reopen CBU” the source said.
According to the source, the normal thing was that the end user CBU should supervise the project but the four are all against this because they may not benefit. Further despite the four having vested interests, they agreed that the Ministry of Higher Education should supervise the project but have failed to agree on which company.
It is reported that Kampyongo wants a Chinese company linked to one of the Directors at Huwaei to supply the CCTV equipment.
Dora Siliya wants a company linked to Startimes which has majority shares in Topstar whilst Nkandu Luo wants a Chinese company linked to her nephews Chita and Mwewa Chibesakunda. Martin Mtonga who has a very strong relationship Huwaei has not so far exposed which company he has interest in but insists the project should be undertaken by his office. On Friday Higher Education Minister Professor Nkandu Luo told Parliament that she will not open parliament until CCTV Cameras are installed at CBU at the cost of K10million. No one knows who prepared the Bill of Quantity (BOQ) for the Minister to come up with the figure.