There is a bank account at Citi Bank in New York in the United States of America in which the Zambian government money is being deposited but it has never been audited by the Auditor General because the office of the Auditor General is not aware of it.
It is another “ZAMTROP” Account.
According to documentation obtained from Government Joint Investigations Team formerly Task-Force on Corruption, this account is where the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Zambia office deposits money for office rentals. The UNHCR rents Horizon House along Leopards Hill road in Kabulonga.
Horizon House is one of the many properties that the Task Force on corruption then under supervision of Mutembo Nchito now Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) seized from Access Finance.
All properties seized under the Task Force were supposed to be handed over to National Housing Authority.
UNHCR says it deposits rentals of US $ 7800 per month in Account No 3611-1984 held at Citibank N.A, 111 Wall Street New, York according to a letter from UNHCR Written in 2003 when the transaction was queried by late President Fredrick Chiluba’s Lawyers.
The Account holder is said to be Tedworth Properties Limited. Directors of Access Finance Aaron Chungu and Faustin Kabwe who administered Tedworth Properties Limited before it was seized by the Task Force say they did not open an account in New York according to an Affidavit they filed in the Lusaka High Court.
So, who then opened this Account? Who are the Signatories to this Account?
Reports reaching us are that DPP Mutembo Nchito and former Task Force on Corruption Chairman Mark Chona could be the ones controlling this account.
It is important therefore for the United Nations through UNHCR to tell Zambians the truth about this account. Who instructs UNHCR to deposit the money?
The United States Government should also help Zambians by compelling Citibank to disclose the names of the people that opened this account.
The UN could be tolerating money laundering. President Michael Sata as the custodian of the country’s assets both physical and nonphysical should tell the nation who operates this account.
Could this be one of the accounts that was used to finance Patriotic Front campaigns in 2011 hence Sata’s fear of the cartel because Nchito is part of the cartel?
Could this be the account where Late President Fredrick Chiluba’s US$ 8.5 million has been deposited from the Zamtrop account? These questions beg serious answers. Who owns and operates account number 3611-1984(101717011) Citibank New York.