ZESCO managing director Cyprian Chitundu this afternoon released K250, 000,00 to be used for Edgar Lungu presidential campaigns.
And Lungu, who is also defence minister, is also pressuring the Zambia Army to back him in his presidential bid as he has promised to maintain Army Commander Lieutenant General Paul Mihovah if he wins the presidency.
A whistle blower at Zesco said Chitundu gave the money to an employee who handed over the loot to Chiefs and Traditional Affairs minister Nkandu Luo.
Sources within Edgar Lungu’s camp further disclosed that instructions have also been given to Road Development Agency (RDA) chief executive officer Benard Chiwala to look for money for Lungu’s campaigns.
Other government institutions that have been targeted for Lungu’s financial operation include ZAMTEL, RATSA, among others.
Chiwala is under pressure from RDA Board Chairman Willie Nsanda to mobilise resources from road contractors and the institution to help Lungu as he (Chiwala) has also been promised to keep his job.
On the Zambian Army, sources say late president Michael Sata had extended his contract three years from September 2014 and the Commander has realized that should someone takeover the presidency, then he is also gone like many other defence and security chiefs.
So Lungu has asked him for backing and promised to keep him, a move that has angered junior army officials.
Lungu and Mihova have agreed to address army officers on intake 18 under the guise of the 20th anniversary celebrations at which he is expected call for support for Lungu’s presidency.
“Note that this so called intake 18 has officers who hold very influential positions in military and includes Lungu’s nephew, Mr. Danny Tembo, who has been promised promotion before retirement. We demand that the abuse of soldiers in such political meetings be stopped as it can bring anarchy. We soldiers have suffered under the PF government and cannot allow the situation to continue. We are unable to sustain our homes due to poverty like majority of Zambians,” said some soldiers.