Lungu’s ’48 houses’ probe an amateurish attempt to buy time – Sejani-Access Full Details Below
OUR investigative agencies are political tools to launder and protect those in government, charges Ackson Sejani.
Commenting on the Anti-Corruption Commission’s claim that it had failed to establish the ownership of the 48 mansions in Lusaka’s Chalala area, Sejani said it doesn’t require an expensive investigation to find out who owns the houses.
“[President] Lungu is wasting more of our money to engage in a bogus investigation when all he needed to do was to send his office orderly to the Lusaka City Council and the office orderly will come back with the answer,” the former local government minister and Mapatizya member of parliament said. “The instructions to the police to investigate this matter when the so-called ACC is claiming failure is an amateurish attempt to buy time in a shabby cover-up. The ACC know the owner but developed cold feet when they discovered that the owner was a politically exposed person. The ACC should not feel ashamed to ask for the assistance of the institution they were despising only recently, the Financial Intelligence Centre.”
Sejani said the FIC was more competent than the ACC in matters of that nature and therefore must be supported and maintained.
He suggested the ACC must instead be disbanded or fused into the FIC.
“This government is convinced that Zambians are fools and that is why they could elect it. Because of this belief they will continue giving us foolish reasons such as the one on the 48 houses,” Sejani said. “The investigation ordered by Mr Lungu is to buy time hoping Zambians will forget after two weeks, as is the case usually. One day we will not forget these things and those who are used to taking us for granted will dance to our music. So what they are telling public officers is that don’t investigate unless and until we tell you to do so.”
Sejani said that was how opposition figures are being investigated at the instigation of politicians in government.
“And those in government are being shielded until they resign or are fired. So these investigative agencies are political tools to launder and protect those in government and to harass those in opposition,” said Sejani. “They have no iota of independence.”
The Anti-Corruption Commission recently claimed it had failed to establish the ownership of the 48 houses.
Last Thursday, President Lungu instructed Kampyongo through the agencies that fall under his ministry to collaborate and ensure the case regarding 48 houses is investigated to its logical conclusion.
“Following the report by ACC, I have instructed the Minister of Home Affairs, Hon Kampyongo through the agencies that fall under his ministry to collaborate and ensure the case regarding 48 houses is investigated to its logical conclusion. All investigative wings must collaborate,” said President Lungu.
But UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema gave President Lungu 48 hours to locate the owner of the mansions and bring the culprit to book.
“Can we for once stop insulting the intelligence of Zambians on the recent case of who owns the 48 mansions in Lusaka’s Woodlands (Chalala) area,” said Hichilema. “How can Mr Edgar Lungu and his corrupt PF regime know the so-called saboteur who cut one tiny electricity pole costing about K300 in some rural part of Southern Province, but cannot know who built 48 multi-million worth of flats right in the capital city? We are giving Mr Lungu 48 hours to locate the owner of the 48 mansions and bring the culprit to book. We can’t buy the nonsense being peddled that they failed to identify the owner. Properties, particularly land, has a proper paper trail.”
Meanwhile, Lusaka Mayor Miles Sampa said it was callous for the Anti-Corruption Commission to state that they did not have details of the 48 houses in Chalala because every structure built in the city has records.
Sampa said the ACC has not approached the Lusaka City Council to find out details of the said plots.
“We have not heard from them, written or verbally. We have details of all the buildings. Every house or any structure built in the city has records at the council. We give building permission. When someone has a building plan, they bring to us and even when the construction is completed we put them on the evaluation report. We have a valuation report that captures details of all buildings in the city of Lusaka. Ba ACC; ask us formally and we will be happy to provide what we may have on record,” said Sampa.
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