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Kabimba Slammed by British Press over Alleged Corruption

Yesterday’s appearance at the Anti-Corruption Commission by Zambia’s Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba has attracted the attention of international media.

According to the Guardian (United Kingdom), Kabimba, who is also the secretary general of the ruling Patriotic Front party, is being investigated for allegedly being paid $500 million by Trafigura through his company Midlands Energy to help them land an oil supply contract.

Yesterday’s hearings at the ACC were suspended until a future date, as Kabimba arrived to the office with hordes of violent PF cadres, making it impossible for the investigators to conduct their work.

Both Trafigura and Kabimba deny the allegations.

According to the article, “Kabimba is a director of Midland Energy and the Guardian has seen copies of the company’s incorporation documents which list the minister as a board member and shareholder. The company was registered on 10 January 2012, four months after the current government came into power.”

Whether or not the ACC finds evidence of payments between Trafigura and Midland Energy, it may become an issue if Kabimba failed to declare his shareholdings before accepting his position as Minister of Justice.

5 Comments

  1. The Instigator

    The pf is corrupt to the core.The fight against corruption is a mere hood to hide the pf’s corrupt tendencies

  2. Spyglass

    Oh weh, this govt will cost us international funding. Guardian??

  3. wamulume Mukundakufwa

    Approximate Costing of imported fuel

    International Market fuel cost ex-refinery=52 cents per litre.
    Freight to Dar/Durban=$100 per 1000 litres=10 cents per litre
    Inland freight Dar/Lusaka=12 cents per litre
    Demurrage per oil tanker truck when charged=3cents per litre
    VAT deferred IN and OUT=Zero cost
    Duty deferred cost=Zero

    TOTAL LANDED COST PER LITER=77 CENTS PER LITER=US$770 PER M³
    TOTAL TENDER AMOUNT= US$500 MILLION
    TOTAL QUANTITY TO HAVE BEEN RECEIVED IN ZAMBIA=649,350.65 MT or 650 million liters BUT only less than 350 million liters will be received.

    TOTAL NUMBER OF OIL TANKERS REQUIRED TO BRING THE FUEL=21,645.0=
    DAILY OIL TANKER TRAFFIC INTO ZAMBIA =60 OIL TANKERS EVERYDAY OR 1,800,000 LITERS PER DAY

    ASSUME AN OIL TANKER TURNAROUND OF 7 DAYS DAR/LUSAKA/DAR IT MEANS ONE TANKER WILL DO 4 TRIPS PER MONTH

    In short once you do the maths you’ll find that its silly to think TRAFIGURA opted to bring fuels using road tankers when the entire Southern and East African region has no tanker capacity to service Zambia and let alone their own domestic markets. It therefore confirms the quantity being purchased from the US$500 million is far much less than the tender or money that the nation has paid let alone all the Tankers coming into Lusaka are NOT being monitored by ANY Government official at all as they go straight to a PUMA/TRAFIGURA Depot and all that GRZ is getting are delivery notes that are in most instances fake.

  4. Believe in what you say

    Only Levy (MHSRIP) would have sent Kabimba on leave to sort himself with ACC and the law.

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