A whistleblower who exposed massive land allocation corruption in Chingola has been suspended from her party position and the adhoc committee constituted to probe the scam has been stopped from doing its work for fear that the findings might damage the image of ruling PF, the Daily Nation reports.
Lulamba Ward PF councillor Violet Mumba has been suspended by Chingola Constituency PF executive committee accusing her of leaking information about her fellow councilors involved in the illegal land allocation.
Ms Mumba had been suspended for six months for revealing the scam to relevant authorities and was given 14 days to exculpate herself which she did.
And Copperbelt permanent secretary Stanford Msichili who reportedly stopped the adhoc meeting expressed fears that if the meeting went ahead it might sooner or later dent governments’ image.
The adhoc committee was formed to probe allegations accusing the district commissioner George Sichula of being involved in illegal land allocations.
Mr Msichili in a letter to Chingola Town Clerk George Mulenga dated 15th April 2013 which was also copied to Copperbelt Provincial Minister Mwenya Musenge and Chingola Mayor Cuthbert Kalebaila directed that the meeting be rescheduled indefinitely.
“I am reliably informed that it is your intention to hold an urgent council meeting to discuss land administration and other related issues. It is obvious to me, if not well handled; the matter could easily degenerate into a situation where the Government’s image could be dented,
“In view of the above I wish to suggest the said meeting be rescheduled indefinitely. In the meantime I am arranging that the Honorable Minister finds time to address the council so as to forestall what may be ahead of us. Treat as urgent,” reads Mr Msichili’s letter in part.
Two weeks ago Chingola Municipal Council held a special council meeting to come up with an adhoc committee to investigate the land scam following revelations by the Daily Nation that some councillors together with the District Commissioner were involved in illegal land allocation.
Sources told the Newspaper that apart from the Mr Sichula, councillors Able Mubambe (twatasha ward), Jimmy Mwape (Kabungo ward) and Henry Kafumbe (Nsansa ward) also chairperson for Plans and Development Committee and some unnamed residents were also allegedly involved in the illegal land allocations in the area.
The adhoc committee was given a seven-day ultimatum in which to come up with a full report on the alleged land allocations.
Sources revealed that Lulamba ward PF councilor Violet Mumba reported the matter to Chingola police station but the officers were failing to investigate the DC saying that he was appointed by the President and was head of all civil servants in the district.
However, police sources told the Daily Nation that the matter had been thoroughly investigated and proof was there but surprisingly no statements had been recorded from the time the matter was reported to the police on March 26.
“We have investigated the matter very well and our conclusion is that the DC needs to be nabbed but we are scared of arresting him because as you know he is our boss we can’t even call him here at the police station so he must be reported either to the District Investigations Officer (DIO) or the Acting Officer Commanding.
“As police we have liked the PF taskforce, we urge them to continue to be vigilant citizens in order to bring sanity to the country,” said an officer in the criminal investigations department.
The source said the move by the PS had divided the council and wondered how such revelations would dent a party that claimed to be fighting corruption.