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Former Zambian leader Rupiah Banda with lawyer Robert Amsterdam. PHOTO:

Hong Kong, Apr. 29 – Lawyers representing former Zambian president Rupiah Banda’s son, Henry, have sought the intervention of  various United Nations human rights bodies over attempts by Zambian authorities to extradite him from South Africa to face allegations of fraud and corruption.

Lawyers fear extraditing Banda from South Africa – where he holds permanent residence – would not guarantee him a fair hearing because of what lead lawyer, Robert Amsterdam, describes as “politically motivated persecution” by the Patriotic Front administration led by President Michael Sata.

Amsterdam’s legal firm, Amsterdam & Peroff LLP, sent out two letters [Banda UN Letter – 25.04.12] to various UN human rights bodies last Wednesday April 25, whose full contents were availed to the media Sunday.


Nicolae Bogdan Buzaianu suspected to be behind the rebuttal blog posts. PHOTO:

Dhaka, Dec. 29 – A series of blog posts claiming that Switzerland-based businessman Nicolae Bogdan Buzaianu who has been implicated in soured gold deal in Zambia have emerged online.

The posts published on different word press blogs claim Buzaianu has been cleared of his alleged involvement in the gold scam and that Zambian President Michael Sata has since apologized for wrongly implicating the Romanian-born businessman in the procurement of the gold which allegedly went missing from the vaults of the Drug Enforcement Commission under mysterious circumstances.

The blog posts which seem to have been authored by Buzaianu or his close aides are published on a blog with Nicolae Buzaianu’s name as the blog header.

Some of the posts state that Buzaianu is not suing Zambia for defamation or claiming US$100m while others say his appointment as Zambia’s representative to UNESCO was never revoked by Sata but that he voluntarily resigned.

It is not yet clear who is behind this arsenal of rebuttal weblogs being published online – some of which claim to have been issued by State House media unit in Lusaka.

What is clear though is that the posts are intended to disassociate Buzaianu from the gold scam which has sucked up several officials that served in ex-president Rupiah Banda’s three year administration – including Banda himself, his son James, his ex-pr aide Dickson Jere and former first Lady Maureen Mwanawasa.

The rebuttal posts appear under wordpress blogs with names such as michaelsatapresssecretary, thediplomatpress, africasvoice, zambiaamswers and fakes of the post, the watchdog and wiredproject316.

Both Banda and State House have not commented on the blog posts.

Hong Kong, Nov. 25 – Zambian President Michael Sata has warned that his administration will prosecute any former officers that served in past president Rupiah Banda‘s government if they are found to have been involved in illicit deals while they served in various portfolios.

President Sata to prosecute plunderers of state resources. PHOTO: afp

“Let me make it abundantly clear that this is just the beginning and our colleagues should not panic or resort to desperate measures of seeking false public sympathy by mischaracterising legitimate investigations as persecution,” he said in a news release Friday. “This is not a witch-hunt, we are moving systematically by taking into consideration all leads and clues into what happened in the past”

President Sata expressed shock at the discovery of and seizure of K2.1 billion (approx. US$400,000) from ex-labour minister, Austin Liato’s farm in the outskirts of the capital, Lusaka.

He said he had learnt with great shock, the discovery of huge sums of money concealed in a strange and most unusual manner at the former labour minister’s farm.

“No doubt, the Mafia-style under which this money was hidden raises serious questions about how the same was acquired. It breaks my heart to see how someone could go to such extremes to conceal money if it was legitimately acquired,” President Sata said. “This only goes to show the Zambian people the extent to which the mandate they gave those they entrusted with authority to preside over affairs of state was abused.”

President Sata said unearthing a total sum of K2.1 billion buried in two steel trunks under a thick layer of concrete slab in a highly fortified and electronically fitted structure sent a wrong signal about the image of the country.

He said Thursday’s burst was one of the many operations the combined team of investigators were carrying out regarding suspected criminal activity that took place under the previous regime headed by Rupiah Banda.

Stacks of Zambian currency - Kwacha.

“Of late, some suspects have been unreasonably grumbling by issuing pre-emptive statements to try and threaten a duly elected government against carrying out its legitimate mandate. This discovery is a serious indictment on all those elements that may be facing possible charges of corruption and other forms of wrong-doing including those who have seen it opportune and convenient to betray the Zambian people by siding with such people,” he said.

He urged the investigating wings to ensure that they follow the due process of the law and take to court only those cases they are satisfied with.

President Sata has since applauded the combined team of Zambia Police Service, Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for conducting a successful operation that resulted in a seizure of K2.1 billion cash at Liato’s Mumbwa farm.

State House ready to testify against fraudsters masquerading as President Sata’s representatives. PHOTO:

Hong Kong, Nov. 22 – In the mix of the continued firing and hiring of civil servants by President Michael Sata, some tricksters have found an opportunity to hoodwink the Zambia citizenry by dangling fake job placements in exchange for financial assistance.

The tricksters are claiming to be President Sata’s emissaries and they are soliciting for financial assistance and job placement in both private and state operated firms.

State House has in this vain urged the business community and the Zambian public into be wary of a flurry of tricksters masquerading as agents of President Sata as they solicit for financial assistance and job placements.

“State House wishes to caution any individual or organisation in both the private and public sector approached in the name of the President or any senior State House official to exercise due diligence,” said State House Tuesday.

State House has since called on Zambians to report any such matters to law enforcement agencies.

“State House stands ready to testify in any court case that may be brought against such fraudsters,” read the news release.

Former Zambian leader Rupiah Banda invited to co-lead election observation mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. PHOTO: reuters

Hong Kong, Nov. 22– President Michael Sata’s administration has declined to meet the expenses of ex-president Rupiah Banda’s delegation to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)  where he has been invited to monitor elections by the Jimmy Carter Centre in that country.

DRC is bracing itself for presidential and legislative elections and authorities in that country have invited foreign observers to monitor the vote.

State House in Zambia said Tuesday; it would not pay for Banda’s delegation as the invitation from the US-based Carter Centre was personal.

“Since the invitation is to Mr Banda as an individual, government has difficulties in spending taxpayers’ money on other people he would want to accompany him on this purely exclusive invitation,” President Sata said.

The Zambian head of state has meanwhile congratulated his predecessor on his assignment as co-leader of the International Observation Mission for the presidential and legislative elections in the DRC.

Hong Kong, Nov. 16 – Zambian President Michael Sata has named a 20-member Technical Committee to draft the new Republican Constitution.

President Sata said in carrying out its functions, the Technical Committee shall refer to all previous Constitutional Review Commissions.

“There are expected to refer to the Chona Constitutional Review Commission, Mvunga Constitutional Review Commission, the 1991 Constitution of Zambia, and the Mwanakatwe Constitutional Review Commission Report and Draft Constitution,” he said.  “The Technical Committee will also review the Mung’omba Constitutional Review Report and Draft Constitution as well as the Zaloumis Electoral Reform Technical Committee Report and the National Constitutional Conference (NCC) Report and Draft Constitution.”

President Sata emphasised that the Technical Committee would review the Mung’omba Draft Constitution and use it as the basis upon to develop the new constitution.

Sata named a 20-member team to draft the new Zambian Constitution. PHOTO:

He said the Technical Committee was also expected to consult widely and take into account the submissions forwarded.

“They are expected to consult local and international experts on constitutional law and practice, the members of the public at all provincial centres and incorporate in the new national constitution the views of the people as resolved in the provincial constitutional conventions,” said President Sata.

President Sata said the committee was also expected to consult and take into account the submissions of sector groups.

“The Technical Committee shall draft the national constitution based on its findings from the review process and best international constitutional practices and provisions of international conventions on human rights,” the President Sata said. “They shall also draft the Constitution of Zambia Bill to set the commencement date for the new Constitution, deal with transitional and other issues for the effective transition into a new constitutional regime under the Fourth Republic to be enacted by Parliament.”

He said the committee will draw up its programme of work and submit the same to the Secretary to Cabinet within seven days of its first sitting.

President Sata has since directed the committee to submit the whole report to him.

Full Terms of Reference for the Technical Committee  Drafting Zambia’s Constitution.

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.

Africa's largest copper producer, Zambia threatened with a US$100 million legal suit by Buzaianu. PHOTO:

Hong Kong, Oct. 26 – Swiss businessman and ex-Zambia’s envoy to UNESCO in Geneva, Nicola Bogdan Buzaianu, has threatened to sue the Zambia’s government and the country’s media over his alleged involvement in a gold scam.

Buzaianu is also demanding US$100 million from the Zambian Government for allegedly defamatory remarks made by President Michael Sata against him.

Buzaianu’s legal representative in Zambia, Sakwiba Sikota said in Lusaka, “his client was offended by the remarks made by President Sata and the reports carried by all the media in Zambia.”

In 2007, Zambia’s Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC)seized 119 kilograms of gold worth over US$7 million at the Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport from Zimbabweans who tried to evade sanctions against Zimbabwe and tried re-export the gold through Zambia.

Zambia is not immune to poverty. Over 60% of the population live on less than US $1 a day. PHOTO:

Hong Kong, Oct. 26 – Zambian leader Michael Sata has opposed intentions by the country’s bakers to increase the price of bread by K500 (US$0.10).

President Sata said Wednesday plans to hike the price of bread by K500 (1ct) were unjustified.

The price of bread in Zambia stands at K3 500 (US$0.71) and widespread poverty in Zambia means that an estimated 64% of the population of 13 million live on less than US$1 per day.

“The plans to increase the price of bread will largely hurt the poor. The poor consumer bears the blunt of such hikes which are not justified. Government will do everything possible to curb exploitation and maintain the price of bread, even if it means authorizing the importation of wheat into the country,” President Sata.

“We, therefore urge all stakeholders in the wheat value chain to exhaust consultations among themselves before taking positions that could undermine consumer interest and that of the industry itself in the long-run.”

He said government would not be blackmailed by any stakeholder in the food chain of essential commodities.

The Zambian Government is currently in dialogue with the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) and the Bakers Association of Zambia regarding measures meant to eliminate unnecessary cost elements so that the wheat industry becomes more competitive.

President Sata said he expected the bakers association and wheat farmers to reach a reasonable consensus that did not only serve their interests but the consumers.

He has since instructed his Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Emmanuel Chenda, to meet all stakeholders in the wheat industry.

Bread and rice are not regarded as a priority by many low and medium class Zambians who highly depend on corn meal dough as major staple food.

Bakers in Zambia have expressed intentions to increase the price of bread, citing increasing cost of wheat on the international market.

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:

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:

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:

“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?”