The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) announced last week that it has launched preliminary inquiries into corruption allegations against Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba and Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba. This is in relation to complaints received from the public on the alleged conduct of the two Cabinet ministers. Mr Kabimba is the Patriotic Front (PF) Secretary-General, who is alleged to have influenced the procurement tender process so that Trafigura would be awarded the tender to supply Zambia with petrol and diesel for one year. Trafigura was awarded the supply deal at a cost of US$500 million for the one year period. Mr Mwamba is accused of influencing ZESCO to award his company and others where he had interests, a one-year contract for the supply and delivery of wooden poles.
Given the gravity of the allegation these issues actually need a Judge led inquiry as well. The ACC would not sufficiently get to the bottom of it. However, for the President to call for such he actually needs something to hand. Which is unclear at present. More detail on this via Times of Zambia and Daily Mail. We will keep this post updated as the story develops.