Dora’s ministry set up committee to look at airport radars – witness

A WITNESS has told the court that the Ministry of Communications and Transport set up a technical committee to look into the procurement of radars at Lusaka and Livingstone airports.

Former communications ministry permanent secretary Dr Eustern Mambwe said this during continued trial in a case where former communications minister Dora Siliya is charged with two counts of abuse of authority of office.

Siliya, the Petauke Central member of parliament is in count one alleged to have directed the cancellation of a duly awarded tender for the supply, delivery, installation and commissioning of the Zambia Air Traffic Management Surveillance Radar System to Thales Air System SA.

In count two, Siliya is alleged to have accepted a free offer from Selex Sistemi Integrati S.P.A for the repair of a radar head at the then Lusaka International Airport without following procedure.