President Edgar Lungu has appointed PF Kabwe central MP James Kapyanga as deputy minister of works and supply as inducement to silence the parliamentarian on Lungu’s involvement in the dubious lease of Mulungushi textiles to a Tanzanian investor.
Kapyanga has been vocal on calling for the reopening of the giant textile industry. He was also part of the team that went to Tanzania in the infancy stage of the agreement and seems to know a lot about Lungu’s dealings. Lungu was earlier scheming to eliminate Kapyanga from the PF but has realised that the move may be ghastly to contemplate.
Last year, at the height of his campaign for the PF presidency, Lungu as defence minister was bribed by Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania Limited (METL) and gave out the plant but has now turned it into a warehouse for imported fertilisers and detergents which are being sold in Zambia.
METL Chairman Gulan Dewji has hit back at government threats to terminate the lease, threatening to spill the beans in the transaction. According to the state owned Daily Mail, Dewji charged that “it is inaccurate to allege that the investor has failed to commence operations because it is still amicably resolving the issues that have arisen over the agreement and that the handover was mere ceremonial”.
Kapyanga is also former Railway workers’ union of Zambia General Secretary and with the mess PF has dragged the railway industry, more could just have come out of Kapyanga.
Question from the Watchdog: What issues is METL boss Dewji amicably resolving, and with who?