One of President Edgar Lungu’s top Aide Kaizer Zulu has pocketed US$200,000 to fix an appointment for a Chinese contractor to meet with President Edgar Lungu. Meanwhile, the Chinese government has stopped financing Chinese contractors that are undertaking Zambian government contracts until the Zambian government starts paying. According to sources, Kaizer Zulu who is the Special Assistant to the President on Political Affairs pocketed the money from a Chinese National a Mr. Zhiang the owner of Hua_ Jiang construction company situated at the Ch
inese Investment Centre along Alick Nkata Road in Lusaka. ” You know the Zambian government has not been paying contractors as the government has no money. So this contractor who has constructed a number of schools wanted to meet the President so that he can influence the quick payment but Kaizer asked for US1 million but the Chinese payed US$200,000 just for him to meet the President,” the source said.
The source said Mr. Zhiang managed to meet the President but the results were not as he expected. When asked whether the President is aware of the development, the source said ” He must be aware. He receives Intelligence briefings because this story is well known in contractor circles but have you ever heard the President utter a word like fighting corruption since he took office? They are birds of the same feathers,”.
Kaizer Zulu is one of the first people President Edgar Lungu appointed into his government. Late President Michael Sata retired Kaizer Zulu in National Interest after being advised by the Intelligence that Zulu was behind the US$ 38 million systems programme at Road Transport and Safety Agency that was over quoted and proceeds shared. The Zambian Watchdog soon after Lungu became President warned that Kaizer was not suitable to hold public office let alone at State House. Meanwhile, the Chinese government has stopped funding contractors that are undertaking government projects. ” What used to happen is that if a Chinese contractor gets a contract from the Zambian government, the Chinese government would fund that company to undertake the project then the contractor pays back with a very low interest of 3 percent after the Zambian government pays,” the source said. The source said the Chinese contractors are now having difficulties to claim money from the Zambian government hence the Chinese government also stopping.
” There are so many outstanding payments that they call IPC’s the government is not paying and the Chinese government has also refused to fund the contractors that is why most projects have stalled. It is one topic the President is going to discuss in China,” the source said