UPND Whistle Blower Throws Dirt At HH
A SENIOR most top United Party for National Development (UPND) aide has accused party leader Hakainde Hichilema of being ‘greedy’ and lacking remorse for his role in Zambia’s privatisation process.
Former Executive Director of the now defunct ‘Friends of the President’ Emmanuel Chilekwa has made stinging revelations on the alleged deals party President Hakainde Hichilema and his national campaign manager Dipak Patel made when they both served on the committees that had been assembled to privatise numerous state owned enterprises between 1994 through to 1997.
In a detailed report aptly titled “Monkey Business”, Chilekwa alleges Hichilema illegally benefited from the whole process by awarding himself questionable tenders and contracts that saw him transform into an overnight millionaire.
“In the acquisition of Southern Sun Hotels, and apart from selecting the lowest bid, HH had to include the Victoria Falls to be part of the deal. Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, but my President had no problems acquiring that for himself, instead of leaving it to the benefit of the country, Zambia.” Chilekwa wrote in an article that has drawn attention on social media.
He further named Senior Chief Mukuni of the Toka Leya people in his avalanche of accusations.
“Later other hotels and Lodge owners outside Livingstone also stopped giving workers the service charge. To date, workers in the hotel and tourism industry are among the lowest paid because of the greediness of HH and Chief Mukuni.” he wrote.
Chilekwa shot to national attention with an organisation called ‘Friends of President Edgar Lungu’ which state House later banned from operating.
He was later arrested and charged with six counts of obtaining money by false pretences amounting to over K4,000 and one count of obtaining pecuniary advantage by lodging at Chainama Hotel where he incurred a bill of K12,500.