ACC, DEC and OP probe Kabonde
A COMBINED team of Anti
Corruption Commission (ACC), Drug
Enforcement Commission (DEC), Zambia Police and Intelligence officers has
recorded a warn and caution statement from Inspector General of Police Francis
Kabonde in connection with unaccounted for K1 billion overpaid to a South
African traffic equipment and car dealer.
And former inspector general of
police Ephraim Mateyo broke down during interrogation at the ACC offices in
Lusaka when he appeared before a combined team of investigators probing the
irregular purchase of escort vehicles and traffic equipment, which have not been
delivered, from South Africa's Instrumentation for Traffic Law
Meanwhile, Instrumentation for Traffic Law Enforcement (Pty)
owner Phineas Manthata yesterday said the Zambia Police Service owed him over 84
million rands and allegations that his firm was overpaid were
Well-placed sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed
over the weekend that a combined team of officers from the DEC, ACC, Zambia
Security Intelligence Service (ZSIS) and Zambia Police set up to investigate the
irregularities in the purchase of police escort vehicles, motorbikes, bullet
proof presidential cars and traffic equipment wrote to President Rupiah Banda
asking for permission to interrogate and take a warn and caution statement from
The sources said President Banda granted the permission to the
investigators to go ahead and investigate Kabonde.
The sources said Kabonde
was summoned and appeared before the investigators at ACC head office in Lusaka
on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 10:00 hours and the interrogation took over
“The officers interrogated Mr Kabonde concerning his role in
the payment for the vehicles, motorbikes, presidential armoured BMW X5 vehicles.
According to the records, Mr Kabonde as commissioner of police in 2006 signed
for the payment of money to Instrumentation for Traffic Law Enforcement (Pty)
Limited of South Africa. They recorded a warn and caution statement from Mr
Kabonde,” the source revealed. “During the interrogation, the officers asked Mr
Kabonde why he signed the payment without a tender and he told them that he was
working under instructions from Mr Mateyo.
The officers asked him if the
instructions given to him were lawful or not. Mr Kabonde responded that the
instructions were lawful because Mr Mateyo was his boss. Mr Kabonde said, 'I was
just instructed to process the payment.' The officers asked him why he as deputy
to Mr Mateyo could not advise his boss and whether he could take any
instructions even if they were unlawful. He said he didn't see anything wrong
because instructions came from above his office. They also asked him whether he
knew where the money he was signing for was going and he said he knew that they
the police were paying for equipment that was supposed to be purchased but said
he was ignorant about the equipment they were purchasing. Among the payments he
signed for was K1 billion and other amounts.”
The sources said the fact
that Kabonde was being investigated he was supposed to take leave or be put on
forced leave to pave way for investigations to avoid the possibility of him
interfering with the process. However, that has not happened.
Kabonde could neither deny nor confirm that he was interrogated and a warn and
caution statement was recorded from him.
“I cannot confirm on that. You
talk to the same people you are talking to; they should be in position to tell
you,” Kabonde said.
When reminded about the day, date, time and the duration
of his interrogation, Kabonde sounded surprised and said: “You can confirm with
ACC director general Godfrey Kayukwa and spokesperson
Timothy Moono were not picking up their phones by press time. And sources said
Mateyo appeared before the investigators at ACC offices on Thursday January 14,
2010, but he broke down during interrogations.
“Mr Mateyo started crying.
He cried. He told the officers that he was crying because his mother died last
year and things have not been good since his mother died,” the source said. “Mr
Mateyo told the officers that he was supposed to go in diplomatic
service as ambassador to Germany but instead the government was trying to
find faults in him.”
The sources said the investigators told Mateyo to
engage a lawyer to represent him and contact them when he was ready.
crying attracted attention of people at ACC offices. Even the time he was
leaving the interrogation room he was still crying. People could see his tears
and were saying, 'Ni ba Mateyo aba. Babachita chani ba Mateyo This is Mr Mateyo.
What have they done to Mr Mateyo? People heard and saw him shedding tears. It
was dramatic. Some people felt sorry for him because they had never seen him in
that situation, crying,” the source said.
The sources narrated that
Mateyo and some police commanding officers in 2006 travelled to South Africa and
while there they admired some traffic equipment at Instrumentation for Traffic
The sources said when Mateyo and his team returned, the
police command prepared a payment of K1 billion without the approval of Zambia
National Tender Board (ZNTB), which is now Zambia
Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA), or government.
The sources said
Kabonde signed for the payment which was given to Instrumentation for Traffic
“The reason for the payment was not known. Thereafter,
Mr Mateyo went to South Africa and ordered 20 escort vehicles, 20 motorbikes,
three armoured/bullet proof BMW X5 vehicles for the President. The police paid
for everything. However, Instrumentation for Traffic Law Enforcement only
delivered 10 escort vehicles, 10 motorbikes and one armoured BMW X5. I am sure
you see the BMW X5 the President uses but two were not delivered, 10 escort
vehicles were not delivered and 10 motorbikes were not delivered,” the source