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MINISTER CRIES FOUL – IN FERTILISER SCANDAL

By ADRIAN MWANZA

A Minister  has cried foul after being implicated with her husband in a US$50 million fertiliser scandal.

Information and Media Minister, Chushi Kasanda said an indian led consortium was trying to hoodwink government by spreading falsehoods about her.

Ms Kasanda and her husband have been accused of failing to deliver fertiliser to Southern Province farmers after allegedly pocketing over US$50 million.

However, when contacted, Ms Kasanda vehemently denied the reports, saying that she had never been involved in her husband’s businesses.

“You can check the records.  I have never been involved in my husband’s businesses and for them to insinuate that I was conniving with my husband is not fair and very malicious,” Ms Kasanda said.

She said she knew the people spreading the lies about her and that it was unfortunate that they were trying to pull her name down the drain.

Ms Kasanda said some known businessmen were working tirelessly to discredit and tarnish her image by lying about her and her husband.

She said they were trying to arm-twist the new dawn government as they allegedly did with the PF government which she claimed had been under capture by the same group.

“Surely, I’m a minister of Information which is very different from the ministry of Agriculture and moreover I have only been in office for less than four months,” she said.

Ms Kasanda said the same syndicate was trying to make the country bleed by sabotaging government but that the new dawn administration would not allow this to happen.

She said she was incensed because they even published a photo of her disabled brother, claiming that he was her husband.

She said the syndicate was trying to fan confusion to protect their interests but that she would ensure that they were put in their place.

Social media reports yesterday alleged that Ms Kasanda’s husband, Dr Maurice Jangulo, who owns Alpha Commodities, failed to deliver 50,   000 metric tonnes of fertilizer to the farmers in Southern Province despite being paid.

The duo is said to have taken pecuniary advantage and single sourced to supply fertiliser to the Zambian government at US$1, 000 per tonne.

They are said to be sourcing for the fertiliser in Mozambique to deliver the commodity to the farmers.

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