Banda’s trial: RB discussed oil deal with suppliers – Witness

Former first secretary for economic affairs at the Zambian high commission in Nigeria has today testified in the case in which former president Rupiah Banda is charged with abuse of office how the Osique brothers of Nigerian told her about a discussion they had with then president Banda about the possibility of their company supplying crude oil to Zambia.

Mrs. Margret Kaemba 62 of plot number F50 A/ 9 Makeni Lusaka, told the court that during the time she served as a diplomat at the Zambian high commission in Nigerian, she dealt with many issues including gathering of information on economic issues in Nigeria and especially those that had a bearing on Zambia, including issues to do with trade.

Mrs. Kaemba testified that on 24th March, 2010,she received visitors at the high commission who introduced themselves as Osique brothers, one of the them she recalled was named Michael Osique.

She told the court that the two brothers went to her office because they had problems reaching the former president because he was not picking their calls.

She testified that she decided to refer them to the then high commissioner Alexis Luhila who chased them out of his office telling them he did not know anything about the oil deal.

Mrs. Kaemba further told the court that the Osique brothers later phoned her and told her that they were very much aware that Major Richard Kachingwe and high commissioner Luhila had been to the Nigerian oil company and had picked the offer letter for an oil deal.

Trial continues in the matter on 30th April.

QFM