Jack Mwiimbu warns politicians to stop dragging President Hichilema in the gold scandal.

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IN the wake of assumptions, suspicions and conclusions by some sections of society in connection with the trending ‘gold scandal’, government has warned politicians to stop using the incident to bring the name of the President into disrepute.

Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Jack Mwiimbu says politicians should not use the incident to scandalise President Hakainde Hichilema and State House staff.

After it was reported that law enforces had seized a private jet carrying gold, US$$5 million cash and firearms, a named politician posted online that a named State House security officer had bolted with approximately US$ 5million from the grounded private aircraft at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA).

But Mr Mwiimbu said yesterday politicians should not trivialise the issue in an effort to scandalise the head of State.

"I want to appeal that politicians must not use this particular unfortunate situation to scandalise the President. The President and members of staff at State House should be left out of this."

"I also want to urge all other wings of Government to desist from making comments on this matter. All comments pertaining to this particular matter will be handled by DEC who are the lead agency in this investigation,” Mr Mwiimbu said. 

The minister said the President and his State House staff should be left out of the “unfortunate situation” because the falsehoods will not be condoned.

He added that the aircraft in question is still in the custody of the security wings, while the alleged suspects are still in detention, a revelation which dispels social media reports that the seized minerals and the airport was released.

The minister also urged Government wings to stop from making comments on the matter which is actively being investigated by the lead agency, Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC).

Mr Mwiimbu also added that investigative wings will be in a position to let members of the public and the country at large know the outcome of the investigations at an appropriate time. 

To promote transparency, the minister said a team of journalists will be taken to the airport to confirm and check that situation and report what will be on the ground.

"I also want to appeal to the nation and individuals fond of making malicious allegations, in due course appropriate action will be taken. It is not a threat," he advised.

Mr Mwiimba says anyone who has information on the gold saga is free to come forward and report the investigative wings to help in the investigations in the matter. 

There has been social media debates and meme’s in connection with the matter after the Minister of Mines Paul Kabuswe revealed yesterday that the suspected gold which was seized was actually copper, zinc and other minerals.

(Mwebantu,Wednesday, 16th August, 2023)



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