NDC leader Chishimba Kambwili has asked the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to take interest in the big donations that Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo has been making.
Last week, Lusambo donated building materials worth K35,000 and a music drum set to Pentecostal Holiness Church in Lusaka’s Garden Township.
The minister also donated six months rentals to the family who live in a flat that caught fire in Kabwata.
And last month, Lusambo, who is Kabushi PF member of parliament, also donated 4,000 25kg bags of breakfast mealie-meal, 4,000 5 litre Containers of Cooking Oil, 6,000 boxes of boom detergent paste, drinks, biscuits among other things, to elderly men and women in his constituency.
He later distributed 1,000 Pockets of cement to different schools with ongoing construction works in his constituency and donated 60 brand new computers.
But speaking to journalists at the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court, Thursday, Kambwili wondered how Lusambo could make all those donations when a minister’s salary was K25,000, asking DEC and ACC to take interest.
“There is absolutely nothing wrong with a public officer, a minister or anybody to donate to the needy. But what is important is where is that donation coming from? The ministers salary is K25,000 but we don’t know what business that Bowman is doing to make all those big donations. Probably the Drug Enforcement Commission and ACC must now get interested. When there is a fire, a house is burnt, Bowman says he’s going to pay for them for six months. He goes with a truck to donate mealie meal, cooking oil and all that,” Kambwili said.
“It’s all up to ACC, because in Zambia today thieves and the corrupt are celebrated. Zambians must not worry. What Zambians need to do now is to unite to kick Edgar and his minions out of government so that we can investigate them properly.”
And Kambwili asked Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya to clean clinics and toilets in prisons as he was going to be among the first people to be jailed, together with Lusambo, when he forms government.
He charged that he was aware of the happenings on purchase of drugs and how Lusambo was extorting money from investors in the name of the President.
“Chilufya, Minister of Health, muwamye ama hospital yamuma prison nama toilets (you should clean the clinics and toilets in prisons) because you and Bowman are among the first people to go there. Because we know whats happening on the purchase of drugs, we know what’s happening with Bowman where he is extorting money from some investors in the name of the President. I can only warn my friends to clean up the prisons. I have been there, its very dirty. Mukaya fwa nefyo mubeleshe ukwikala bwino ne ndalama shakwiba (you will die, the way you are used living luxurious lifestyles with stolen money) because I’m coming,” Kambwili said.
He said he would come with a different approach of running the country, where ordinary people would be happy.
“I’m coming with a different way of running this country where the ordinary people will be happy. I’m warning people of Zambia [that] be careful. Now its towards elections, they will change their language. This is a failed project and it must be out,” Kambwili said.
Meanwhile, Kambwili also said when he becomes President, he would jail the Minister of Higher Education Nkandu Luo for abuse of authority for closing down the Copperbelt University indefinitely.
“Elo ba Nkandu Luo I’m warning you. When I come, I will jail you for abuse of authority. The law does not allow you to close CBU indefinitely. There’s no law that allows whether a President or minister to close a learning institution indefinitely and pluck your ears. You are even been arrogant ‘I cannot be pushed’,” said Kambwili.
Kambwili insisted that if government doesn’t re-open the Copperbelt University in the next two weeks, NDC would stage a protest with parents and stakeholders to call for the immediate re-opening of the institution.