Mwamba confirms reporting Malupenga’s irregularities in Digital migration tender

Information Ministry Permanent Secretary Emmanuel Mwamba has confirmed that there were a number of irregularities in the Terrestrial Digital migration Tendering process presided by his predecessor Amos Malupenga.

Mwamba told the press in Lusaka on Monday, September 23, 2013 that there were serious irregularities in the way Malupenga handled the Digital Migration tender some of which included purchasing of second hand equipment. He said the advise from the Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) was disregarded.

He disputed media reports that he was witch-hunting Malupenga saying he was just following what the law states to protect government. He said the rules and regulations were not followed in the procurement process.

Mwamba confirmed that he has submitted the documents to law enforcement agencies that are investigating the matter.

Malupenga a former Post Editor who has since been moved from Information Ministry is alleged to have been heavily involved in the irregular awarding of the contract which has raised a lot of dust with four other firms that bid questioning the process.

Five Chinese companies bid for the tender to supply, deliver, install and commission the terrestrial digital migration.

They include Huawei Technologies, ZTE Corporation, Gospel Digital Technology Company Limited, and King Tai investments Zambia Limited. StarTimes, a Chinese owned firm was awarded the tender which Mwamba announced yesterday that it had been cancelled.