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Bogus Suppliers Frequenting Ministry Of Home Affairs To ‘Hunt’ For Contracts EXPOSED

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SOME bogus suppliers have been frequenting the Ministry of Home Affairs in a failed bid to influence the minister and his deputies to give them contracts at the expense of illegible entrepreneurs.
Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu revealed yesterday that some unscrupulous people purporting to be suppliers have gone to the extent of suggesting registering a joint company with him so that they could supply goods and services to his ministry.

He said in a statement issued by ministry of Home Affairs head of public relations Moses Suwali that the PF Government “would not walk in the MMD’s shoes” of influencing favours for contracts because the trend was an abuse of office.
Mr Lungu said because of fraud and ‘inside dealings’ associated with MMD’s beliefs of giving favours to people, the ministry would revise the list of suppliers.
The minister said he was appalled by the influx of suppliers frequenting his office asking for favours.
He said they wanted him to influence contracts for them to supply the ministry or influence payment of outstanding bills.
He has since advised members of the public that it was not the duty of his deputies or permanent secretary to give contracts or modalities for payment of outstanding bills.
The minister said all contracts for the supply of goods and services to the ministry were regulated by the Procurement Act No 12 of 2008.
“I am asking all those suppliers who think that it is the duty of the minister to influence contracts or payments to leave me alone because I don’t want to be dragged into the path which MMD left in which suppliers to Government were MMD cadres.” Mr Lungu said.
He said such practices were MMD’s ways of doing things adding that he would not succumb to such wrong doings as they were costly and amounted to abuse of office.
Mr Lungu said that the Government was using a policy of ‘first come first-first serve’ basis when clearing outstanding bills to suppliers based on dates of supply regardless of one’s political affiliation.
A revised list of credible suppliers, he said, would enable Government contract credible business houses as opposed to “briefcase or shadow companies.”
He said the procurement unit would soon hold a meeting to evaluate credible business houses that would deal with the ministry after which notice to inform the public inviting prospective suppliers would be posted.
Meanwhile, the ministry has engaged the Ministry of Finance to find a lasting solution to the K75 billion owed to food suppliers.
He said his ministry had requested that an amount of between K5 billion to K10 billion be released every month to go towards dismantling the outstanding huge debt owed to food suppliers.
He said that currently, a team from the office of the Auditor General was working at the ministry’s headquarters to confirm the authenticity of some outstanding invoices.
He appealed to food suppliers to exercise patience as Government was fully aware of their plight and was trying everything possible to resolve the issue.

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18 Responses to Bogus Suppliers Frequenting Ministry Of Home Affairs To ‘Hunt’ For Contracts EXPOSED

  1. Tuli

    August 20, 2012 at 9:36 am

    Thats gud Mr Minister.Keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. REAL MAN

    August 20, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Report them to ACC or else you are also involved.

  3. stephen kachali

    August 20, 2012 at 11:41 am

    That is very good because there are examples where non MMD cadres who supplied to the institution could not access payments as all the money was being channeled to the part members

  4. tallmike

    August 20, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Why should EDGAR come to the press instead of reporting the matter to police?This indicates how hopeless this man is.As a constitution office bearer he is obliged to deffendthe countries resources at all costs.This matter is a police case.

  5. Lundazi Dweller

    August 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    The heading is misleading. No name has been mentioned, how do you call that as being exposed?? The minister needs to report those people to ACC. That is corruption. If he doesn’t then we will say he is just playing to the gallery.

  6. Kaesha

    August 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Whats this? Minister is this even worth telling the press, why not just ignore those thieves and not give them contracts period. This sounds ****** naimwe ba tumfe mwaleta napa mulabase mwatila nokutila atase twebeniko fimbi like what improvement he has made since been transfered to that ministry. Nomba ilyo lyashi lyakumfwila kulyabobene bapompwe ngabala complainer ati naikosa noti kuli imwe.

  7. matcox

    August 20, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    IT IS NOT ALWAYS RIGHT TO RUSH TO THE POLICE OR A.C.C. WHAT MR LUNGU DID SHUD BE COMMENDED INSTEADY OF BEING CHALLENGED BY THESE “ROBOT” BLOGGERS. THIS CULTURE OF CRITICIZING ANYHOW WONT TAKE YOU ANYWHERE.COMMEND WHERE IT IS DUE AND CRITICIZE WHERE APPROPRIATE.THIS WILL SEND A SIGNAL (WARNING)TO ALL THOSE ENGAGING IN SUCH — USELESS SOLICITING,WHILE OTHER MINISTERS SHUD ALSO FOLLOW SUIT.THEY SHUD COME OUT SO THAT THE LOST CONFIDENCE IS RESTORED IN MANY INSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT.NOW IF YOU CONTINUE TO CRITICIZE MR LUNGU’S ACTION THEN WE TAKE IT YOU ARE AMONG THOSE BOGUS SUPPLIERS.

  8. exposed

    August 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Exposed exposed exposed exposed exposed exposed exposed exposed. Stop abusing the word

  9. princes penzi

    August 20, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    If i got it right i think any person that attempts to win any form of contract from any organisation through corrupt means should be immediately be reported to the police. why wait for the press to publish incidents first. every zambian should know that we can only rebuid our nation if we give no room to corruption and work hard . if anybody is corrupt including anybody in leadership positrion the law must be applied the same way.
    work up zambia!!!!!

  10. Kalunda Kasuko

    August 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    The question is, why are they just frequenting Edgar Lungu’s office? What about the other ministers? Either Edgar has always been involved in corrupt activities and his friends know it or he is a publicity seeker. In my heart of hearts, something tells me that every minister is frequented the same way Edgar has witnessed; and they are quiet because they are busy making easy cash. Edgar might have bitten the finger that feeds him but exposing this. By the way, why is Edgar not reporting the people patronising him to ACC or DEC?

  11. ABAKONZI

    August 20, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Ba Hon.Lungu what are trying to achieve through the press,in my opnion minister you are trying to prove to the public that you are clean.But if you are do you have to prove it publicly.You are running home affairs,the police,ACC,DEC etc are your depts so why not let them handle this situation and then your comment on the outcome

  12. taliban

    August 20, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    time will tell ..coz soon MBG will ask for you to be fired..hahahaha

  13. Damn mulemena

    August 20, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Trying 2 clean yo mouth afta stealing the food fro the pot. just tel the police iwe chi edgar!

  14. Zambians Vs HH/ Watchdog

    August 21, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Wistle blowing is ok by the Hon. Minister. It sends shivers to other ministers who may have welcomed such bogus suppliers in their offices.Those suppliers may have links to the ruling party and if he just reports to the police without alerting us, the cases may die a natural death. This move will help the police to follow up to the logical conclusion because it is already in public domain.

  15. Mpangula Mputyu

    August 21, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Edgar is a BIG FOOL in a small body. why hasnt he reported the pipo to law enforcement agencies but only yaps to the PRESS? Solomon Jere arrest Edgar for concealing information of potential and actual engagment in corrupt practises. A Catholic Priest was deported on flismy Grounds yet this Minister is alarming the nation and Ukwa not taking action. Foolish PF.

  16. Somalian Pirate

    August 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    This is a political scum. Trying to label MMD.wHY IS EVERYTHING POLITICAL KANSHI. wE ARE SO MUCH BEHIND AND CANT EVEN GET A GRIP OF THINGS. WHATS HERE TO TALK ABOUT IN THE PRESS. WHO HAS BEEN EXPOSED.HOW DID THESE PEOPLE GET TO A STAGE OF TALKING TO LUNGU ABOUT HAVING TO REGISTER A JOINT SUPPLIER COMPANY OR WHAT EVER IT IS WITHOUT BEING GIVE3N ACCESS TO SEE HIM. THOUGH MINISTERS AND ALL DEPUTIES NEEDED APPOINTMENTS TO BE SEEN. IN THIS CASE,WHAT LUNGU IS SAYING IS HE ACTUALLY MET THESE CHAPS. IF AM GOING TO HAVE AN APPOINTMENT WITH SOMEONE ,I SHOULD KNOW WHAT THE APPOINTMENT IS FOR. THIS IS A BLUFF AND POLITICAL STANCE TRYING TO LOOK SERIOUS ATI THEY ARE AGAINST CORRUPTION.YOU ARE PART OF IT.

  17. spinx

    August 21, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    shut up!! mr minister,think twice on that, are you different now that you are in pf,where you not one of them,they are coming to you because you are tied together,why is it that of all the pipo only you. you should have even keep quiet,than making noise that not even a baby can make,its just that politicians make politics dirty coz politicians are the ones dirty,like youself.

  18. spinx

    August 22, 2012 at 9:13 am

    wait a minute are we being told that it is possible for a minister to register a joint company and it being registered to supply in his/her ministry. if it is possible then what are investigative agencies doing,are they waiting for the president to tell them what to do? come on no wonder we are not getting anyhting because of such an arrangement. directors are eating in there ministries,ministers are also eating from the same ministries, dr jere(lusaka province commanding officer) you talked to much yesterday on znbc,follow that lead or else you will labled to be with them.