NDC welcomes dismissal of ZAF commander Eric Chimese

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has welcomed the decision by President Edgar Lungu to dismiss Zambia Air Force (ZAF) commander General Eric Chimese.

In a statement, NDC Secretary General Mwenya Musenge has since urged the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) to immediately probe General Chimese.

Mr. Musenge says they have credible information that General Chimese might have been involved in a number of corrupt activities during his seven year stay as ZAF commander.

He says they have in mind the 62 million United States dollars contract for the supply of military uniforms that General Chimese allegedly single sourced on 11 August, 2017.

musengeMr. Musenge states that they have information that Gen. Chimese single sourced a local firm BHB contractors to supply uniforms to ZAF at an inflated price.

He says Gen. Chimese single sourced this firm to supply expensive military regalia when a Kenyan firm, PURMA was ready to supply the same uniforms at 14 million United States dollars.

Mr. Musenge says the NDC urges the ACC to go further and probe all the civil servants including a Permanent Secretary who are linked to the 62 million dollars scandal.

He states that Brigadier General Wilfred Mbewe was Chief of Supply at ZAF when this deal was allegedly dubiously signed, and that he others opposed this deal but was removed from his office by Gen. Chimese.

Mr. Musenge further states a number of officers such as Brigadier General Chibesa who was in charge of Finance were unceremoniously retired for opposing this deal.

And Mr. Musenge says the NDC further urges President Lungu to fire Zambia Army Commander Lieutenant General Paul Mihova.

He alleged that General Mihova is involved in a lot of dubious activities at the army.

Mr. Musenge claims the NDC has the full details of the proxy that General Mihova is allegedly using in South Africa to loot Zambia Army resources.

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