CHIPANGALI PF member of parliament Andrew Lubusha says the K33.3 million which his company was paid by National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) for road constructions was actually less than the works which were done.
At least K6 billion was paid by the NRFA to road construction companies owned by Patriotic Front officials and some associated foreign firms, a News Diggers investigation revealed.
Lubusha, who is proprietor of Andrich Freights Limited, a firm that got paid over K33.3 million, said he was still owed.
“I would really love to clarify because in the eyes of the people, it seems like PF paid Lubusha, it looks like we were paid for nothing as if it was just stolen money we were paid. The job we have done is much more than we were paid and we are still owed. And those payments have been in a period of three years. Remember, I mentioned that I am no longer part of management for Andrich. I am just in the board so it would be difficult for me to mention the money they owe us. But the work we have done is more than the money that we were paid and we are still being owed,” said Lubusha.
“And there were moments when we could stay for six months without being paid and that is how come we have a number of running loans on those contracts. We started working without any single Kwacha paid from the government. So, the work we have done is actually much more than the money we received.”
According to records seen by News Diggers, several members of the ruling party and some politically exposed persons linked to the Patriotic Front were awarded lucrative road contracts for which they were paid by the National Road Fund Agency.
Records show that Exoline Investments Limited, a company linked to Emmanuel Kasambo, who was the 2021 PF aspiring candidate for Mpongwe Constituency, was paid over K34 million for road contracts while another K29 million was paid to his other firm called Big Five Investments Ltd.
Dreamlight Enterprises Ltd, a firm linked to former Minister of National Development Planning Alexander Chiteme, was awarded a contract and paid about K2.7 million by NRFA.
The Road Fund Agency also paid about K8 million to Construction for Africa Limited, which is traced to Roy Mugala, the 2021 PF aspiring Councillor for Kanyama Ward 12.
Atlantic Commodities Ltd and Chrimer Construction (Z) Limited, companies owned and linked to former Northern Province Permanent Secretary and 2021 PF aspiring candidate for Mbala Charles Sipanje were paid at least K5 million and over K4 million respectively.
His brother, Gilbert Sipanje’s firm GKS Investments Ltd, was awarded and paid contracts worth over K8.5 million.