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Mr. Hakainde Hichilem was part of extensive abuse of the privatization process

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The government has said that it has received with great indignation reports that the former chairman for the Zambia Privatization Agency (ZPA) Negotiating Team, Mr. Hakainde Hichilema, was one of the key perpetrators of extensive abuse of the privatization process.

In a statement released to the media and signed by Chief Government spokesperson Ms. Dora Siliya, the Government said that it is disturbed by the revelations made by Hon. Edith Nawakwi, a former Minister of Finance in the government that implemented the privation of State-owned enterprises, to the effect that Mr. Hichilema, as chairman of the Privatization Negotiation Team for the sale of Musi-o-Tunya Intercontinental Hotel, Rainbow Lodge and National Heritage Park, literallHakainde Hichilema says the lies by the PF Government on the erratic power supply is a sign of incompetence

“Hon. Nawakwi, through her various media engagements, has categorically stated that Mr. Hichilema failed to declare interest while presiding on the sale of public assets in which he had personal interest, ” the statement read.

Ms Siliya said that the Government found Mr. Hichilema’s conduct, if true, to be a clear case of corrupt practices, bordering on non-declaration of interest, in winning a bid.

Ms Siliya said that the Government was, therefore, studying the matter and was following closely the reaction by the citizens who are the true owners of the property in question and that the nation will be informed of the steps that the Government will take should it become necessary to act on behalf of the citizens of Zambia.

Source: Lusaka Times

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