State House Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Chilubanama, Works Permanent Secretary Charles Sipanje, Head of Procurement at Ministry of Works a Mr. Chansa have been implicated in a corruption scandal over the awarding of a contract on upgrading of the Mansa Airport.
A source at the Ministry of Works has disclosed that the trio received millions of Kwachas from a Chinese contractor.
The source said initially, the contract was supposed to be awarded to an American Company that had submitted an expression of interest through a local company but Sipanje, Chilubanama and Chansa awarded to a Chinese company called the China National Electronic Corporation that has Joyce Sata as a local representative. Joy Sata is the head of corporate services at Zanaco
“The American company has lodged a formal complaint through the American Embassy. We as a Ministry want to cancel the contract but huge sums of money have already been chewed. The recording that has hit the social media on Chilubanama is correct” the source said.