Chipoya is not the only corrupt one - Kabimba
WYNTER Kabimba says Alfred Chipoya is not the only one involved in corrupt practices.
Kabimba, who is PF secretary general, said Chipoya’s sacking as senior private secretary was a warning to those in government that the PF would not tolerate corruption.
“This scourge must be stamped out wherever it appears and Chipoya is one such example. We also know that he is not the only one. I am saying this because I think this is important. There are other members not necessary within the President’s office that are been compromised by the same company.”
President Sata fired Alfred Chipoya for alleged corruption. Sources disclosed that Chipoya was relieved of his duties after he tried to facilitate a meeting between President Sata and former operators of the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) border scanners.
This was after ZRA Commission of Inquiry recommended that appropriate action be taken against former president Rupiah Banda and 13 former government officials for the fraudulent procurements regarding the border scanners and concession related contracts.
Kabimba said: “It is true that Mr Chipoya was getting money from a named company under the pretext that he was going to get those people to come and see the President and tried to give an impression that the President or Presidency could be compromised through his contacts with those people.”
He said the sacking of Chipoya as senior private secretary was an example to not only State House officials but those in government that PF would not tolerate any form of corruption.
Kabimba said President Michael Sata’s action against Chipoya was evidence that the corruption fight was not targeted at MMD officials.
“The point that I have made is that we shall as a party stamp out corruption whether that corruption is within the Patriotic Front or outside and the sacking of the senior private secretary, Chipoya is clear evidence that the issue of corruption is not being targeted at former MMD politicians,” Kabimba said.
He warned that the PF would not tolerate any cases of corruption as it was on that basis that the Zambians voted for the party.
“As a party, we commend the president for having taken swift action against Chipoya. That will send a message to everyone that we shall not cover up matters of corruption,” Kabimba said.
“For the MMD that were saying we were on a frolic of retribution, this is clear evidence that we are not taking up these corruption cases on individual basis or because we do not like certain individuals. Chipoya is just the first example.”
But Chipoya on Sunday evening denied all allegations against him. Chipoya said some people don’t want him to serve President Sata.
He said it was true he was no longer working at State House as senior private secretary but President Sata was working out something different for him.
Chipoya said he had not received any warning or reprimand and did not know the companies involved in the ZRA scanners.
“No! But there is something that is being done by the President. I’m not working at State House. I’m waiting for the President to make the next move. I’m in the process of moving,” when asked if he as still working at State House.
“The President is still finalising. I haven’t received anything in writing yet. Maybe he (President Sata) is still thinking of shifting me to another organisation. But I’m completely innocent. I don’t know anything (corruption allegations).”
Chipoya said if there were any ‘foolish’ people full of ‘bulls***’ that wanted to scandalise him, they would not succeed.
And Kabimba said PF and some opposition party cadres that had been deployed into the civil service have been approved by the Civil Service Commission.
Earlier, the PF said it would ensure that the civil service is run by
qualified individuals as opposed to cadres as was the case during the MMD’s regime.
“The difference is that under the MMD, district commissioners were appointees of the president. They reported to the president and they could be sacked by the president. They had to make sure that they pleased the President in the discharge of their functions and yet we were being told that these were civil servants,” said Kabimba.
“The difference which is in our line manifesto is that we shall depoliticise the civil service that we shall not make political appointments except at the level of permanent secretary. But for district commissioners all those that may have been members of the PF that are appointed, they have been appointed by the civil service or the Public Service Commission. It’s up to the Public Service Commission to say this person is not actually qualified but over and above that, they are subjected to the discipline regulations of their duties.”