An important report has been made available via wikileaks that is well worth the read. It has some startling revelations (HT: Yakima) :
This 108 page investigative report to the Zambian Assembly, formally titled, PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE: REPORT OF THE AUDITOR – GENERAL ON THE REVIEW OF OPERATIONS OF THE ZAMBIA NATIONAL OIL COMPANY LIMITED, and dated Oct 2005, implicates the late Zambian President Levy Patrick Mwanawsa, his associates, and other members of the goverment in:
- A direct theft on the Zambian Government treasury of K838.645 billion, the ZNOC factious debt that Miss Josephine Mapoma, Permanent Secretary in The Ministry of Energy and Water Development certified which debt the Zambian Government resolved to take over,
- US$ 36 million value of ZNOC crude oil in TAZAMA Pipelines has not been accounted for
- Very soon it will be four years since this scheme was executed and by which time US$ 240 million in form of ZNOC profits would have been siphoned out of Zambia through TST and Total Outre mer arrangements.The report, while submitted to the Assembly (during the term of President Mwanawsa), has not previously been readily available to the public.