Actionaid Zambia, Country Director Nalucha Nganga has threatened to take legal action against United Party for National Development(UPND) press secretary in the president’s office Clayson Hamasaka for alleging that the international Organisation has received a bribe from the Patriotic Front(PF) to discredit Hakainde Hichilema for appearing in the Paradise paper.
Hamasaka said in a bid to divert people’s attention from the PF government’s corrupt deals in the procurement of fire tenders and ambulances and the subsequent silence by (President)Edgar Lungu on the latest Auditor General’s report, the PF has hired Actionaid Zambia to discredit Hichilema on the Paradise Papers.
He stated that Actionaid, now under a PF member Ms Nganga has accepted a blackmail scheme from State House to discredit the UPND leader at a media briefing scheduled for this morning in Lusaka.
He said the PF organized briefing will see Hichilema being scandalised left-right-center over his appearance in the Paradise Papers.
“It is however shocking that Actionaid that has been quiet on many pertinent issues now wants to register it’s voice by painting Hichilema black over his personal wealth.
And it is clear that Actionaid’s condemnation of corruption in government during the briefing will be a mere academic exercise aimed at fooling Zambians into believing that the organization is concerned with the mismanagement of public resources in Zambia,” Hamasaka said.
But briefing the press at the Actionaid offices in Ibex Hill, Ms Nganga said the organization has not taken Hamasaka’s statement kindly.
She said the law will visit Hamasaka, a former Everlyn Hone Journalism lecturer for alleging that ActionAid, a reputable international organization is receiving money from the PF establishment to destroy Hichilema’s good standing in society.
She said Hamasaka will explain where and when the PF leadership paid her as Country Director of ActionAid to fight political battles for them.
She said Actionaid did not mention the name Hichilema in their statement on paradise papers.
Ms Nganga said the organization targeted corporates and high net worth individuals who are dodging takes by investing offshore.
She regretted that UPND praises Actionaid when it giving checks and balances to the PF Government but take offense if the opposite is done.