Mwanawasa told a government controlled newspaper the Daily Mail that she represented a prospective gold buyer from South Africa.
“I represented one of the people that were interested in buying the gold,” the former First Lady, a Lusaka lawyer from Mwanawasa and Company said, “We gave a South African client the necessary advice and got our fees for the job…that is all we did.”
Mrs Mwanawasa identified the client as a Mr Moto Mabanga who could not meet the sale criteria stipulated by the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) which required the interested party to buy the entire 118 kilogrammes of gold at once.
“Our client just wanted part of the gold and not the entire amount,” Mrs Mwanawasa said, “We just provided the necessary legal documents at Mwanawasa and Company. That is all I know about the gold. I went to see Mr Zulu at DEC with our client’s offer and later he called us to say our client did not qualify to buy the gold.
Nicolae Buzaianu, a Swiss businessman is suing the Zambian government in Zambia, Europe and USA for defamation following president Michael Sata’s allegations that the Swiss was involved in the theft of the gold.
The revelations by Mrs Mwanawasa could help put to rest suspicions that the gold was not advertised or that no other person knew about it.