Home Affairs minister Lameck Mangani has said president Rupiah Banda did not order the ministry of Finance to pay Roger Chongwe US $5.9 million about K27.4 billion.
Mangani was quoted by ZNBC as saying that president Banda only forwarded the case of Roger Chongwe to Attorney-general Mumba Malila for advice.
According to the Post newspaper, President Banda has directed that Chongwe be paid approximately K27.4 billion as compensation for the 1997 Kabwe shooting where the latter and former Republican president Dr Kenneth Kaunda were injured. The Post quoted ‘well-placed sources at the Ministry of Finance.’
During the case of corruption allegations against Education minister Dora Siliya, there were insinuations that there is a mole in the attorney-general’ s office.
Mangani insisted that the case has just been referred to the arttoney-general for advice and that ‘no one has been directed to pay that kind of money to anyone.’
He challenged the people making the payment allegations to prove.
Meanwhile UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has demanded to know whether the case involving Roger Chongwe has been registered in Zambia since it was decided by a foreign court.
Hichilema is currently in Northwestern province where he is slaughtering cows to celebrate his party’s electoral victories.