Thank you Watchdog for exposing ZCON, NAPSA theft in 2010
We are grateful for your honest reporting. In October 2010, you carried out an article on ZCON Construction Company Limited, theft at ZCON, NAPSA and Access Bank which was disputed and you were called all sorts of names.
The Post last week Friday 27 th July 2012 carried out an article on ZCON having being prosecuted by NAPSA. This ZCON and Jonathan Sinyinza never paid NAPSA contribution and owes ZRA over K20 billion. ZCON never paid taxes, was the company set up to defraud the Government and pensioners. ZCON is in court with Access Bank over a debt of over K20 billion, ZCON and Jonathan are in the courts over a debt of over K7 billion with Ecobank.
ZCON was setup by the owners of Sintech Construction which was involved several fraudulent activities during Fredrick Chiluba’s times. We are now seeing the same cases now and these people can not be sent to prison, what is the issue with our judicial system. Jonathan needs to be sent to prison now.
We have reported him to police for the cheques he issued to us which bounced and we have been told by the police that he is hiding. Please investigate these cases and expose this criminal. He can not go on destroying our nation like this.
Investigate whether ZCON qualified to participate in the Levy Junction with the truck record of Jonathan Sinyinza as the owner of ZCON. Is he really the owner of ZCON.
When you revealed the truth, you were threatened, carry on with your honest reporting.
Below is the previous correspondence regarding ZCON
Ministers, Director loot money meant for Levy Junction construction
September 14, 2010 | Filed under: News | Posted by:
Construction of the Levy Junction multi-purpose facility along Church road in Lusaka is ground to a halt amid allegations of fraud and corruption involving three ministers and the chief executive officer.
The former ESCO premises is funded by the National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) to a tune of US$200 Million and is designed to house office spaces, a hotel and a shopping complex.
Allegations are that works and Supply Minister Mike Mulongoti, labour minister Austin Liato and agriculture minister Peter Daka have helped themselves to the construction fund.
The Construction Company ZKON is failing to pay suppliers and contractors and have run a huge overdraft at the Nigerian bank, Access.
With the huge amounts spent on the works so far, the buildings should have been completed. But the works have just begun and the funders who are using pension funds are scratching their heads at the festering US$200 that seems to have disappeared.
Despite this plunder, the Levy Junction is just across the Lusaka Central police station.
Workers are also accusing ZKON director Jonathan Sinyinza of diverting huge funds to construct his mansion in Kabulonga along Reedbuck Road.
Sinyinza is not new to such allegations as in 2001; he was accused of similar charges when his company Sinetech failed to complete the Presidential Housing Initiative (PHI) project. The PHI story ended in its chairperson Richard Sakala being imprisoned.
Sinyinza is accused of using a spider web by pretending to borrow from Access bank where the project fund is banked to build his US$2 million mansion which dwarfs most mansions in Lusaka.
NAPSA is using money it holds for pensioners. Recently, NAPSA was involved in another scam where pension funds were wasted through a fraudulent investment of US$4 Million in Munali Coffee. About the same period, NAPSA partnered with some Lebanese businessmen who run Horizon printers to form a gambling outfit New Lotto.
A day ago, ZNBC reported that Workers at the construction site for the multi billion Kwacha Levy junction business park in Lusaka on Monday staged a sit – in protest demanding payment of delayed salaries.
The irate workers were also pushing for improved conditions of service.
Workers’ representative Nelson Tembo accused the contractor ZCON of failing to improve workers conditions.
ZCON Corporate Affairs Manager Emmanuel Chilekwa said the company is currently working on contracts for the workers.
Levy Shopping mall builder accuses Watchdog of ignorance & Malice
September 15, 2010 | Filed under: Statements | Posted by:
YOUR LIBELOUS AND MALICOIUS ARTICLE
I refer to your article entitled “Ministers, Director loot money meant for Levy Junction construction” published today Tuesday, September 14, 201 at 11:49.
I wish to state that your allegations are serious and you should know that we as a Company will consider legal action so that youcould now come and substantiaten with your proof.
It’s very clear that you know very little of what you are talking about including knowledge of how a project is financed. I see malice in your article.
You did not even care to follow your journalism ethics of checking or verifying your facts. You will not hide behind the internet because you have to stand for your allegations.
The internet was not meant to be a medium of parroting lies and perceived half truths – which you are now circulating as fact and truth.
I have sent you a comment and I hope you will have the guts to publish it.
Within 48hrs, kindly advise me on your postal or physical address where we would serve you legal summons and notices, otherwise, we will serve them on the known persons working for your publication.
You have the freedom to publish, but, we also have the liberty to take remedial action.
Corporate Affairs & H.R. Manager
Zcon Construction Company Ltd
Chinika Industrial Area
P O Box 38868
“Pressure shows out the real you”
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Watchdog has no apologies on this article as it is true. Emmanuel Chilekwa, the gentleman preaching journalism ethics above is a computer graphics artist. Between 2001 and 2002, he was publishing and editing a pink newspaper he called “The People”. In early 2002, he was arrested for publishing a fake story demeaning then newly elected president Levy Mwanawasa. He was caged at Kamwala remand prison. When he was taken to court from prison after a few weeks, he shocked the media fratenity by withdrawing his story and apologising to Mwanawasa. He accused former president Fredrick Chiluba of giving him the story. Chiluba mocked him but appropriately advised him that journalists should defend their articles. Charges against Chilekwa were dropped and he was freed from jail. But his journalism career ended and his newspaper collapsed. Today he is preaching ethics to the Watchdog?1111