Sata directs ZRA to give the corrupt company contract to operate border scanners

Sata directs ZRA to give the corrupt company contract to operate border scanners

ZRA mgresThe Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) have signed a contract with Bradwell International to enable them operate the scanners at Nakonde border post and share the earned resources on a 50 percent basis to operate.

Bradwell International is the same company president Michael Sata accused his predecessor Rupiah Banda of having corruptly awarded a contract to a bogus company to operate the scanners to the tune of K4 billion which was deemed a scam then.

One of President Sata’s revelations to the public on assuming office was that ZRA was about to pay K4 billion to a company that was corruptly contracted by the person who occupied his office (Mr. Rupiah Banda).

He alleged that this bogus company was not doing any work and only had white men taking photos of trucks at Nakonde.

Mr Sata immediately terminated the contract of Bradwell International Limited who were managing scanners and went on to fire the Commissioner General Wiseman Nhekairo and Commissioner for Customs Services Mukela Mutukwa.

Through the Minister of Finance a commission of inquiry headed by his nephew Kingsley Chanda was appointed to investigate the operations of Zambia Revenue Authority.

Mr. Chanda in his report, which president Sata rubbished, reported that Bradwell International Limited was fraudulently engaged to operate the scanners the Chinese were already paid for to run.

The report further recommended that all the officers who were involved in the procurement should be prosecuted.

Mr. Msiska the new Director General immediately fired three Directors who were purported to have been involved in the Bradwell fraud.

Those fired were Tethani Banda, Kabaye Mwale and Roselyne Raelly. The other Director Nana Mudenda was sent on forced leave to help with the investigations.

Mudenda, Nhekairo and Banda spent the later part of 2011 and 2012 appearing before the Task Force answering charges on the fraud and the case is still active.

A month ago Watchdog reported that the Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba who is President Sata’s brother in marriage instructed ZRA to sign a contract with Bradwell International to enable them operate the scanners and share with the earned resources on a 50 percent basis.

Now Watchdog investigations reveal that last week on 15th February 2013 Msiska together with Dina Goramota signed a contract with Bradwell International to provide the services President Sata had initially labeled as fraudulent and corruptly awarded by Mr. Rupiah Banda.

Transparent Zambia Ltd Executive Director Goodwell Lungu, then joined in calling for the prosecution of all those who were involved.

Sources say Mr. Sata has now allowed Mr. Msiska to sign a contract that led him to dismiss his Directors.  Sources at the Ministry of Finance also say there was no approval from Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) and from the Attorney General ‘s Chambers as required by the procurement process before the signing.

The signing was characterized by a walk out by some Directors who said they would rather be fired now than dance to consequences of corruption once a new government comes into power.

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