arms deal and the Carlington maize saga for as long as it has the mandate.
Mr Nkole said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday (Sunday) that $28 million was a lot of money for Zambians to forego hence the resolve by the taskforce to pursue the two issues to their logic conclusion.
But Citizens’ Committee executive director Gregory Chifire said in a separate interview in Lusaka that President Rupiah Banda should disband the Taskforce saying its mandate had ended with the acquittal of Dr Chiluba last week.
Mr Nkole said all those calling for the disbandment of the entity should tell Zambians how they intended to pursue the two scandals saying the Taskforce’s preoccupation was to recover the funds and prosecute whoever benefited from them in any way.
He said that on the Carlington maize deal involving $8 million, the whereabouts of one of the two masterminds, Alexander Legalt, a Canadian, have been discovered while the other one, Arri Ben Menashe, an Arabian, was still on the run.
He said that the organisation had received information that Legalt was in jail in one of the states in American and would face another sentence on October 10 this year for brokering other fraudulent deals.
He said but the taskforce had now established where the money was deposited in one of the banks in Europe and could not just move in until after their requests were responded to by the relevant wings of the involved country.
He said he was aware that the Taskforce had been under threat since 2006 but for as long as it remained with the mandate, it would continue discharging its responsibilities by pursuing all the cases lined up.
But Mr Chifire said now that Taskforce prime case involving Dr Chiluba had been disposed of, President Banda should disband the organisation and incorporate the resources being spent on it into the mainstream security wings.
“I am sure the church has a hierarchy and it is important that the leaders guide the priests because what is happening is causing division among the flock. In church members belong to different political parties,” he said.
FROM TIMES OF ZAMBIA