The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has confirmed that it is investigating former Information and Broadcasting Minister Chishimba Kambwili, who was fired last week by President Lungu. Kambwili was pretty unfazed by the whole thing. Last week, when the court dismissed a petition against his election as PF’s MP in Roan Constituency, he announced: “I am clean as Dr Kaunda’s white handkerchief”.
Some commentators speculated that the ACC would eventually drop its investigations, as Kambwili would not go down quietly, and knew too much about “the corruption pyramid in the ruling party”, according to Chilufya Tayali, president of the newly formed Economic and Equity Party.
Kambwili was elevated from relative obscurity in 2011, when the late President Sata appointed him minister. Since then, he has been busy amassing property, such as Kambwili Estates, a complex of villas on a piece of land that allegedly should belong to Luanshya Golf Club, and another complex on the Ndola-Mufulira Road. There was also talk of property in London and of a Range Rover valued at over K1,850,000, all rather curious considering that Kambwili earned less than K2 million during his 5 years as minister. In the meantime, however, he did start a company, Mwamona Engineering and Technical Services, but rumours were flying that it had benefited unduly from public and private contracts.
This week, Kambwili returned to parliament, relegated to the back bench in parliament, which is occupied by MPs without ministerial portfolios.