Eco­nomic NGO to probe fire trucks deal

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By BENNIE MUNDANDO WE HAVE com­mis­sioned a pri­vate foren­sic au­dit to in­ves­ti­gate the US$42 mil­lion fire ten­der scan­dal fol­low­ing Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu’s chal­lenge that those who have ev­i­dence should bring it out, the Pa­tri­ots for Eco­nomic Progress (PeP) has said

The or­gan­i­sa­tion said it was con­fi­dent ev­i­dence would come out.

PeP pres­i­dent Sean Tembo said yes­ter­day that they had ac­cepted Pres­i­dent Lungu’s chal­lenge to pro­vide ev­i­dence and had set out to find out what ex­actly had tran­spired in the pur­chase of the fire ten­ders.

Mr. Tembo how­ever said there was also need for Gov­ern­ment to in­struct all rel­e­vant in­sti­tu­tions and per­sons to pro­vide the party’s foren­sic au­dit team with all re­quired doc­u­ments and in­for­ma­tion that would be needed to do a thor­ough job based on doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence. He said con­ceal­ing vi­tal doc­u­ments would jeop­ar­dise the out­come of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mr. Tembo said his party was seek­ing ex­press per­mis­sion to in­ter­view key in­sti­tu­tions such as the An­tiCor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (ACC), Grand­view In­vest­ments Lim­ited, Fi­nan­cial In­tel­li­gence Cen­tre, the Drug En­force­ment Com­mis­sion (DEC), among oth­ers.

He ex­pressed op­ti­mism that if the said in­sti­tu­tions co­op­er­ated with the team the party had as­sem­bled, it would be easy to de­ter­mine whether cor­rup­tion took place or not.

“We are con­fi­dent that our foren­sic au­dit will gather the re­quired ev­i­dence and present such ev­i­dence to the pres­i­dent in ac­cor­dance with his chal­lenge.

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