By Ephraim Shakafuswa
For 3 years, i have received in confidence Intel on the people supposedly involved in illegal Mukula exports and went further to expose movements of trucks laden with the wood from across the country.
I will not mention names as I don’t want to see the inside of a court room.
I have seen a friend who borrowed to invest in the trade with legal documentation die out of depression when the ban was effected and CEEC came calling for it dues.
I have fought countless battles with party officials who have made it big using the party and State House to smuggle Mukula out of the country. See my face book post from March 2018
From all the intel i got from moles in the operation, the President’s name was never mentioned but some people in his circle were, some of whom i personally challenged during my exposé. Others are party officials who went as far as to threaten my life something that never bothered me. Look, even William Banda once threatened to bewitch me after i slapped him but he never got anywhere so am not bothered by threats from man but he who created me.
State House has been used by all manner of people to advantage themselves without any verification process by LEA. 3 months ago, an Officer in Charge at some police post received a call “supposedly” from State House ordering him not to stop 40 trucks. Did he verify whether indeed that call came from State House? No!! 40 trucks laden with Mukula logs were wrongly tagged State House property and allowed passage to the border.
Such has been the case and in many instances i tried to alert the President via SMS and WhatsApp about this State House stamped illegallity but i doubt that the messages got to him and if they did then he is a victim of his own inertia; his inability to make executive decisions to protect the Presidency.
I won’t pretend like others by denying the existence of a nationwide smuggling scandal that has deprived the treasury but to call it what it what it really is: a big national smuggling scandal. I won’t deny that i was paid K2500 via eWallet to delete an article on the truck movement which i did momentarily and made visible after the money hit my account. Such is life😉
President Edgar Chagwa Lungu is not involved in Mukula smuggling and if he was, i wouldn’t have been your whistle blower. What is disappointing is that he did nothing when the public demanded him to stop the trade. I was and still am a disappointment whistle blower.