ZRA commission of inquiry summons Kunda, Magande

The Kingsley Chanda Commission of Inquiry probing irregularities at the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has summoned former republican Vice-President, George Kunda and former minister of Finance and National Planning, Situmbeko Musokotwane.

Mr. Kunda was also minister of Justice while Dr. Musokotwane was chairperson of the ministerial tender committee. Former Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Ngulube will appearon Friday at 10 hours and Ministry of Agriculture Permanent secretary Austin Sichinga who served aschief of staff at State House under former President Rupiah Banda has also been summoned and will appear
on Wednesday at 14 hours.

According to a schedule obtained by the Times of Zambia in Lusaka yesterday, Mr. Kunda is expected to appear before the Commission on Friday at 14 hours on matters related to the awarding of tenders at ZRA. The commission last week heard that the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) was under pressure from the committee of ministers that made decisions that could not be questioned by experts in various strategic institutions such as Zambia National Tender Board and Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA).
The manager for Cargo Scans Limited has also been summoned while Ms. Nana Mudenda of ZRA is expected to appear this morning. Dr. Musokotwane appears on Thursday.

Former ZRA commissioner Wisdom Nhekairo will appear on Wednesday at 15 hours while National Movement for Progress (NMP) president Ng’andu Magande who was minister of Finance during the presidency of late President Levy Mwanawasa will appear on Thursday at 15 hours. President Michael Sata, on 20th October, 2011 established a commission of inquiry to look into the operations of ZRA.

The decision was made under the Inquiries Act Chapter 41 of the laws of Zambia to establish alleged illegal activities at the institution. The President also mandated the commission to establish whether contracts were awarded in accordance with the applicable laws and procedures. The commissionheard last week that contracts worth over US$ 40 million were single sourced and Cargo Scans, Nuctech and Zambia Border Protection Company (ZBPC) were named as beneficiaries.

ZBPC representative, Kelvin Orchard, will also appear to represent his firm tomorrow at 14 hours while ZRA commissioner general Berlin Msiska is expected to appear on Wednesday. Former ZRA ommissioner-General, Criticles Mwansa, was named as having authored a letter to PPP seeking authority to single source.

The Kingsley Chanda commission, however, rejected the justification by Mr. Mwansa because the scanners not acquired in a period of a state of emergency where single sourcing was legally permitted. Mr. Mwansa has also been summoned and will appear before the commission on Wednesday at 14 hours while former Secretary to the Treasury, Likolo Ndalamei, appears on Thursday at 12 hours.

Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet Evans Chibiliti and Ms. Susan Wanjelani are also expected to appear before the commission that held their sittings on Saturday at Chirundu border post.

[Times of Zambia]

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