Imagine a situation where station commander ,ZAF Mumbwa (colonel William Lungu) has misused /abused tax money by recruiting the so called shushushu’s/informers parallel to the already existing structures of military intelligence office.
He has recruited both non-commissioned and commissioned officers ,and they are about 10,who have been put on a monthly salary of K5,000,000 each apart from what they get from the govt as salaries. He is doing this at the time when the govt is reducing the subsidy in different ministry. The notables are LT MUKWANKA, warrant officer Webster Kamumbo and warrant officer GOMBWA.
He has taken the above step because he feels MIO and his assistants are reporting directly to the ministry of defence, hence he feels they are working against him. The station commander is involved in a number of activities which he feels may ruin his position as station commander. He doesn’t buy food. He normally gets from the so called combined mess every month and he is given by the store man on duty.
The following are the rations he gets ,10 birds(chicken), 30kg meat,10 packets of sugar, 20 litres of cooking oil,50 kg of rice ,25 kg of flour, 2 big boxes of tilapia fish, 5 pockets of potatoes,3x24boxes of milk,20kg of pork. on groceries he just gets free of charge from NPF shop within the base .He has incorporated all officer commanding wings to be drawing food so that it looks as if it is an entitlement. The station commander is entitled to a monthly salary of k11,000,000, fuel allowance of k1,800,000 coupled with other allowances. what is surprising is that he doesn’t buy fuel he intimidate/command whoever is on duty to give him fuel. This is just abuse of office of authority by a mere grade 12 certificate holder.
Beatings: the same station commander feels he is indispensable because they have worked together with the air commander in ZAF Mumbwa. so this has made him to feel that he cannot be removed, instead of following the laid down military procedures that if someone offends he/she is subjected to a punishment in form of charges/extras e.t.c but now him he is subjecting his junior officers to corporal punishment. some months ago he had assaulted /beaten captain Mwiya and a civilian worker Mr Musowe who works at the swimming pool. This is ill treating inferior officers and civilian workers who cannot revenge which is against the united nations human rights. His station warrant officer has also followed his footsteps. The recent one who was a victim to station warrant officer was corporal NHKATA was beaten and was admitted in the hospital for two days .it was supposed to be police case but they sat on it because station commander he is chairman for district joint defence council.
contracts, he did not follow the tender procedures when awarding a contract to a contractor who is putting up structures for sports facilities because ZAF Mumbwa will be hosting inter-unit sports. The airforce did not advertise the tender as stipulated by the tender act. Station commander just picked someone who is putting up a weighbridge in Mumbwa town .So what they have done is the costing have been inflated by the contractor so that he gets a cut /share. The contractor instead of buying of fuel ,ZAF was providing and ZAF personnel were also abused. Money meant for fuel was shared. The works are still on but not much has been done only shoddy works.
Security is porous in ZAF Mumbwa because station warrant officer also feels he is indispensable. He is abusing the powers that has been bestowed to him. he normally says TULI MU 18 meaning he is in the inner circle. When it comes to security matters in ZAF Mumbwa, it is very porous . It has become porous because S.W.O and his assistant has some favourites especially those from supply , accounts section and the ladies in uniform. He knows in return he will receive some favours from those junior officers from supply, they will give him food and fuel for his vehicle, those from accounts they give free salary advance,free commutation of leave days cash without recovering from his salary, ladies in uniform he usually have sex with them , the victims are SAC AKAFEKWA, MONDE MWANAMWALYA to mention a few, hence them being exempted from guard .ZAF Mumbwa is the backbone of zambia. Imagine a situation where there are six sentries on guard as vast as it is ,ZAF Mumbwa has fighter planes(jets) which zambia rely upon in case war breaks out .so where is the safety of zambians if security is porous at ZAF Mumbwa. Remember what happened at ZAF Samora Machel base in Mbala were 12 choppers were gutted to ashes. The only solution is to remove station commander from ZAF Mumbwa because he will just cost air commander’s position. officers they have seen how he has amassed the resources, so the officers are reluctant to do anything. Jet -a1 is being siphoned from fuel tanks and aircraft almost on every day basis.
The supply officers have shortages ,most of the quantities are in carried forward c/f because they have failed to balance up.
Dear Mr editor, please help us ,personnel have abused,embarrassed,harrased,insulted and beaten.They have tried to air their grievances to the air commander but nothing has happened.
Yours concerned ZAF Mumbwa officers