Economy

President’s Nephew Nabs Major Road Contract

This Range Rover was purchased by Nobel Sata’s colleague, James Kamanga, allegedly paid for with proceeds from a crime.

An in-depth investigation by Zambia Reports has revealed that the Roads Development Agency (RDA) under control of State House has single-sourced a contract worth hundreds of million of kwacha to Noble Sata, the nephew of President Michael Sata, allegedly representing a corrupt abuse of resources to benefit a family member.

The president’s nephew has used these suspected proceeds from a crime to purchase a number of luxury vehicles for himself and others, as well as to pay for the construction of a large housing complex in Mpongwe.

Noble Sata has been known to maintain a very close relationship with his uncle, who helped raise him as though he were a son.

As shown in the attached official company registration documentation, Noble Sata is listed as a company director for Zambian Goldensun Construction International Limited, along with other directors named Ye Guanru, a South African national, Ye Jianmin, a Chinese national, and Juliana Ngalande, a Zambian citizen.

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Vehicles purchased for girlfriends of James Kamanga with proceeds from allegedly corrupt RDA contract

According to the investigation, the RDA awarded a single-sourced contract to Zambian Goldensun Construction International Limited to build all the feeder roads in Copperbelt Province.

Meanwhile, information further reveals that Noble is also involved in the company that won the tender to tar the Ndola-Kitwe dual carriage way. Sources say Noble, together with a colleague James Kamanga of Yespanda Fire Services, dubiously got the tender for Ndola-Kitwe dual carriage way from RDA, and then sold the contract to the Chinese to actually build the road.

“Those Chinese doing the road are third parties. The tender was also engineered by Noble and his friend James Kamanga the owner of Yespanda Fire Services. After they sold the tender, Noble is constructing a housing complex while James has bought several vehicles even for girlfriends,” the source said.

Noble is the one who volunteered to donate a kidney to President Michael Sata when he was evacuated to Israel.

In July 2013, Zambian Watchdog similarly reported that Noble Sata’s company had also been awarded a contract to construct buildings at Palabana University just three months after the Zambian Goldensun company was formed.

An image from outside the gates of the Mpongwe housing complex being built by Nobel Sata allegedly funded by proceeds of a crime.
An image from outside the gates of the Mpongwe housing complex being built by Nobel Sata allegedly funded by proceeds of a crime.

22 Comments

  1. Napoleon

    It is clear why RDA was taken statehouse. To blunder further…then again do people really care. Independence came too soon for Zambians, basically still primitive.

  2. it's a worry

    And someone was shouting on top of his voice saying “I am allegic to corruption”…

  3. Thomas

    I was very shocked to see so many comments on Facebook defending this sort of corruption, saying “there’s nothing wrong with the family getting the contract so long as the road gets built.”

    To all those people falling for that excuse, think about this: the contracts were awarded to them by RDA and then they were SOLD to the Chinese. Why not just directly hire the Chinese if they are the ones who are going to build the roads? What waste billions of kwacha so these sons and nephews can buy cars for their girlfriends??

    That’s OUR money as tax payers – they are taking it directly from your pocket, so yes, you SHOULD BE VERY ANGRY.

  4. M. Kafula

    does it mean that if yo relatives r in goverment then u stop yo business? if he has papers as a contractor , he has de right to bid for contracts. GBM tho a minister his company had contracts to felly FRA maize bcz he had trucks & there z no way he was going to sell those trucks bcz he bcame a minister. if job z done, then its ok than those wu win contracts & later abandone de works! infact Bemba Names r not so Obvious lyk Tonga names were every Hichilema z a relative to HH, Noble being Sata does not mean he z related to HEMCS .

    • Bob

      Ndiye upuba wamene tikamba ubu. Single sourced contracts given, obtaining and selling of road contracts; and then some I’d!oit thinks this is cool! I have never seen such low reasoning. You are a total disaster and a waste of space

    • Sido Mark

      M Kafula don’t insult our intelligency.Zambians why are we allowing these un educated bankrupt fellows to destroy our country.These bare foot millioneirs are becaming a big problem.These Natolele fye ,its in their bones to still.

  5. Chris

    How is buying luxurie cars 4his girlfriends b yo concern as long as da job is done i hav no problem ukupopa kwakwe bushe alebomfya ubwmba bobe

  6. Eliah Kiara

    Its trivial to say he buys vehicles 4his girlfrends, if he gets de money for de work done on roads, then expenditure shudnt b yo concern . De way u write yo stories cleary shows dat u r doing dat out of MALICE & ILL WISH . pf z doing a good job on our roads & evry well meaning citizen shud apreciate

  7. Kizito Katewa

    can you make your sister’s child if you have money or power to give jobs?. I work to make my relatives happy first so if you are a fool and from a poor/stupid family just shutup mumbwe iwe. Just give to the Caisara what belong to him and to God what belong to Him. Whether you hate Sata or not but the issue is we are again wining in 2016. FOOLISH YOU with your leader Homo Habilis.

  8. Mbewe

    How do you award a company which has no machinery. They should go down to their toes this company is dirty and the same Chinese re ny qualified and their permits indicates something else claiming to be engineers whilst not. Where immigration

  9. Thomas

    @Mbwewe Agreed!!

  10. Obby Mwale

    Nothing wrong with him doing business if correct procudure is followed. There is everything wrong if it’s true that there was no tender but single sourced!! Period

  11. M. Chomba

    ndeloleshafye!if you were in satas shoes wat wud u do?who doesn’t love their relatives?noble wamano !mulekeni.

    • Sido Mark

      You Bembas you don’t seize to amaze me.Every transaction has procedures and single sourcing is illegal in Zambia .We are suporsed to compete equally when bidding for Tender,but wre one is given a tender because he or she is Sata’s relative or Bemba is wrong and Satanic.Yuo go and register a construction company when you have no knowledge of engineering and start posing like you are a quantity surveyer,that bull sheet.

  12. Jeffrey

    What a sad state of affairs when so many Zambians are unable to understand the corruption of their country by these criminals. They put their hands in your pocket and steal from you, and you smile and laugh like it’s a compliment and joke.

  13. Listeli Lubinda

    sad sad sad, but this will never. end for as long as we don’t stand up for. what’s right. people practically worship Sata and can’t call him out when he gets it wrong. and we call ourselves a christian nation and there we are making Sata a deity. surely even bazungus care bout our countries more than we do. no wonder things in this country are like this. really what do we expect frm the rda being run by Willie Nsanda? I wouldn’t expect less. Anyway life must proceed

  14. KabweKid

    The problem is the promotion of corruption and the presidents nephew is not qualified for that tender. And tis should have been checked before the the tender was given.
    And the job took too long and the roads are already falling apart that’s what happens when the winning tender takes 20% of the cash and passes the contract to the Chinese. Stop the F*****g corruption.

  15. mary kampamba

    Even you can be a contractor if you’ve gat what it takes. Who said road contracts can only be given to people with small eyes?
    & who told you that presidents nephews need not work to feed their families?

  16. Bob

    We have too many silly people around who condone Sata’s delinquency, corruption and theft. So corruption is only corruption when it involes someone not from the first family? If it involves the first family then it isn’t corruption! Single sourcing can be done but not in road contracts where there are numerous suppliers of goods and services. These guys are simply laying the ground for their prosecution. Why did these same muppets condemn James Banda whom the courts of law are still chasing if not for the same reasons?

  17. id!ot!

    What he does with proceeds from his businesses should be non of our business really. If you start writing like this to me it appears as though it’s an issue of petty jealous. Be conerned with matters like single sourcing and corruption, yes. Not that girlfreind crap! Don’t be too personal, no wonder I asked about who owns this online publication!

  18. concerned citizen

    Why do most people posting here with Bemba sounding names think corruption is not corruption ?

    I am sure there are other people with Bemba sounding names who believe in good governance. Can they come out?

    Otherwise all people with Bemba sounding names may never be voted for again after Chiluba’s thefts and Sata’s corruption and lack of respect for the existing constitution.

    Where are we headed as a country ?

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