State House says Lungu won’t intervene in Honeybee drugs a candle

State House says Lungu won’t intervene in Honeybee drugs a candle

By Daily Revelation Reporters

Special assistant to the president for press and public relations Isaac Chipampe says President Edgar Lungu cannot get involved in the $17 million Ministry of Health contract scandal to Honeybee, as permanent secretaries report to the Secretary to the Cabinet, saying only he could act if there is any action to be taken.

And Lusaka doctor, Dr Wezi Sunkutu has charged that the revelations on the Ministry of Health have dented the already dented governance of the current government and wonders how it is going to campaign for the 2021 general elections slated for August 12, 2021.

Speaking with Daily Revelation on the claim by Ministry of Health permanent secretary in charge of administration Kakulubelwa Mulalelo that she was unaware how the contract to supply the condoms and gloves which did not pass procedural tests, was awarded, despite being one of the two permanent secretaries and despite having attended the flagging off ceremony by minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya, Chipampe said the controlling officers in ministries were permanent secretaries, and were the ones who must answer when questions of irregularities were raised.

“When you look at the people who were appearing, the PS directly answers to the Secretary to Cabinet, so if there is any action it’s the secretary to the Cabinet to take action. You have worked in government yourself you know how processes work,” Chipampe said, despite the fact that the permanent secretaries are also presidential appointees. “You know who is the controlling officers and the PS supervises the directors so when flags are raised they call the PS.”

On the specific call that minister Dr Chilufya and his two permanent secretaries have some explaining to do on how the contract ended up in the hands of Honeybee Pharmacy without the power of attorney, Chipampe said

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    Mandanda 1 week ago

    This is a lame duck answer. Lungu is one appoints and fires Permanent Secretarys so what’s this about them reporting to Secretary to Cabinet! That’s nonsense!

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    Soon as the polls close all boarders and airport must be sealed. Non of these criminals must escape including the gan leader and the challanger must be locked away so that he doesnt run away.

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    ASIAN EXPOSER 1 week ago

    The reason why lungu will not intervene is that the owner of Honeybee Zakir Motala are best of friends.
    Zakir Motala of honeybee is so close to Lungu that he does not need any appointment when he goes to state house.
    Both are from Petauke.
    I have first hand information on this and take my words,that is how Honeybee got the pharmaceutical license in a very short time despite not meeting the criteria to open a pharmaceutical company.
    I will challenge lungu and the minister of health to deny this.
    I call upon people like Tayali and the like to look into this and investigate.

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      President 1 week ago

      Looks like your a hurt n have a huge grudge against ur fellow Indian yaba

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        ASIAN EXPOSER 1 week ago

        Are you a supporter of thieves or do you stand for the truth and honesty.

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          President. 1 week ago

          I’m aware that prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said that don’t call an adulterer , an adulterer   until you see it as clean as a cotton thread entering a hole of a needle , 

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            ASIAN EXPOSER 1 week ago

            It seem you know this Motala chap.
            Its possible you could be this very chap or a close connection.
            Let’s wait for UPND to take over and conduct a comprehensive independent investigation.
            How could zakir motala be given a $17million deal without and proven experience
            TIME WILL TELL.
            corruption is corruption.
            The worse is yet to come to all the corrupt people.
            If you are involved,my humble request is seek the forgiveness and apologise to the people of Zambia for the wrongs you have done