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Ex-spy boss Xavier Chungu under the watchful eye of a prison warder in Lusaka. PHOTO: Derrick Sinjela

Hong Kong Oct. 31 – Zambia’s former spy chief and ex-fugitive, Xavier Franklin Chungu, has been appointed as the country’s Permanent Secretary for Luapula Province.

Chungu served as head of the Zambia Security Intelligence Service under late second president Fredrick Chiluba’s administration.

Chungu and Chiluba with several other ex-officers were accused of theft of millions of dollars belonging to the Zambian Government while in office.

Investigators at the time believed that the former president and his inner circle, Chungu included, diverted state funds into privately held accounts overseas.

Late third president, Levy Mwanawasa broke ranks with Chiluba and dragged him and Chungu to court on graft charges under what he coined matrix of plunder.

It was during the graft investigations and court proceedings that the newly appointed PS jumped bail and fled the country in June 2004.

A well-built and energetic Chungu popularly known then as “XF” returned to Zambia in 2008 only to be re-arrested at the recently, renamed Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.

Chungu sandwiched by cops while he flashes Banda's MMD party symbol. PHOTO: gettyimages

Chungu was later cleared of some of the many charges under past president, Rupiah Banda’s government.

In what seemed as a sign of appreciation early this year, XF threw his weight behind Banda’s re-election team ahead of the September 20 polls in which Banda lost to Sata.

Chungu, told reporters then that he had decided to campaign for Banda because he wanted him to secure a victory in Luapula Province, a region he has been appointed PS.

But Chungu’s friendship with incumbent President, Michael Sata, dates back many years, in May 2002, Chungu rescued Sata from prosecution.

This was in a legal suit in which then as Patriotic Front (PF) leader, Sata was charged with theft of two government motor vehicles, a Toyota Land Cruiser and a Hyundai Sonata.

Chungu stated that around 2000, the Office of the President acquired a Toyota Land Cruiser GX from Toyota Zambia.

“The motor vehicle was later given to Mr. Michael Sata in his personal capacity as a friend to the system,” Chungu said.

Chungu was among congregates who  attended a thanksgiving Catholic mass with President Sata over the past weekend in Lusaka.

Also appointed is Marketing and Public Relations specialist, Augustine Seyuba who has been sent to Western Province while former late second  president Fredrick Chiluba’s press aide, Emmanuel Mwamba has been appointed  Northern Province PS.

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Hong Kong, Oct. 17 Zambia has re-adopted the zero-tolerance stance against corruption, the country’s leader Michael Sata said Monday.

Late president Levy Mwanawasa and the country’s third, was the first Zambian head of state  to launch one of the biggest anti-corruption drives since the country’s independence from Britain in 1964.

Late third president Levy Mwanawasa highly commended for his zero-tolerance to corruption. PHOTO: businessinfocus.blogspot.com

The move by Mwanawasa attracted widespread praise from the international community but his critics perceived the crusade as a political manoeuvre aimed at investigating late second president Fredrick Chiluba and officers that served in his 10-year administration.

Zambia’s newly elected leader, Michael Sata said the zero-tolerance stance against corruption adopted by his administration was irreversible.

Late second president Fredrick Chiluba was investigated for corruption. PHOTO: globalvoicesonline.org

President Sata reaffirmed his administration’s firm stand on curbing corruption in both the public and private sector.

“During the campaigns we made an undertaking that we shall robustly fight corruption and we shall do just that. The policy of this government is that any person who has aggrieved the Zambian people economically and otherwise, in the past or present, must face the law,” he said.

“Make no mistake about it, because we are resolute on combating corruption and all its offshoots even if it means losing friends,” President Sata said. ”

“We are ready to make that sacrifice for the sake of the Zambian people whom we promised and as a result they gave us the mandate to preside over this country’s affairs.”

President Sata said the law enforcement agencies would investigate any past and present acts of corruption and ensure that the culprits were prosecuted within the due process of the law.

“I’m confident that professionalism and exemplary ethical conduct shall be the bedrock of this process,” President Sata said.

He emphasized that the crusade against corruption would be done without malice or witch-hunt and would be non-selective because he did not believe in selective justice.

Incumbent President Michael Sata recommits to fight corruption in Zambia. PHOTO: csmonitor.com

“This government has not made a decision at any level regarding the removal of anybody’s immunity. And nobody has even talked about it either from the party or government’s side. It is therefore, preposterous that some political stakeholders and leaders among us are attempting to frustrate this crusade by throwing innuendos and half-truths on this noble cause,” he said.

“I must repeat that, we are unwavering on this score and nothing other than justice shall prevail. As for those who have expediently decided to side with corruption and the corrupt, we leave it to the Zambian people to see and know them for who they are and what they stand for,” he said.

“A moment ago, we all campaigned on the platform of fighting corruption, so what has changed?”