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13 October 2011 PRESIDENT Michael Sata has suspended two contracts, one between Zesco and an Egyptian company and another with a Chinese company engaged at State House by the MMD administration. The president announced this at State House yesterday when he swore in the new Zambia Air Force Commander Erick Chimese, his deputy Muliokela Muliokela and Defence Permanent Secretary, Emelda Chola. On the Zesco contract, Mr Sata said there was a lot of corruption going on in the country and that the named Egyptian firm had promised to finance the project but instead it was getting money from the Zambian Government. “Another fraud was where the Government induced Zesco to enter in a contract with the Egyptians under the undertaking that this contract would be financed by the Egyptians but now it’s the Egyptians who are duping us when they are supposed to fund,” he said. On the contract involving the Chinese contractor, Mr Sata said the company came to Zambia through State House and promised that it would bring money into the country. And addressing the new ZAF commander and his duty, Mr Sata urged them to be more productive and ensure that fighter planes which were stuck in Israel for the last 20 years were brought back to Zambia. Mr Sata, however, said there was need to assess the planes before they were brought to Zambia to determine their worth. He said since Zambia was not at war, ZAF could also charter its planes as an income generating venture as was the case in the Kenneth Kaunda administration. Mr Sata also urged Ms Chola to help the Defence minister in cleaning up the ministry. He said the ministry should not be used to siphon public funds. “Let’s spend on things we can justify,” he said.Lieutenant General Chimese has taken over from Andrew Sakala, who has been retired by the president. Before his appointment, Lt Gen Chimese was station commander at ZAF Mumbwa Base while his deputy, Major General Muliokela, who takes over from Monta Chileshe, was deputy chief of operations at the ZAF headquarters. The newly-appointed Defence permanent secretary, who has taken over from Nicholas Kwendakwema, was chief of training at the ZAF headquarters before her appointment. Be the first to Write a Comment ! More News on allAfrica.com Powered By WizardRSS.com | Full Text RSS Feed | Amazon Plugin | Settlement Statement

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