Corruption at Engineering Institute of Zambia

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‘CONFIDENTIAL’              

The Director General

Anti- Corruption Commission

LUSAKA

RE: CORRUPTION/ ABUSE OF OFFICE AT EIZ AND THE CONTINUED HAND-PICKING OF THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

We wish to bring to your immediate attention the above matters involving corrupt activities at EIZ involving the Council led by Mr. Henry Musonda. The council (Board of directors) has been involved in suspicious transactions including the manner they were brought into office in August 2010 matters which have been brought by some EIZ members before the High Court of Zambia challenging the unconstitutionality of the processes used being against the EIZ Act No. 17 of 2010 and the EIZ Constitution. These matters are yet to be determined. However, due to the slow court processes, the Council Members have continued to engage in further abuse of office activities and gratification ventures involving irregular procurements, non-transparent and unfair hiring and firing of staff, falsification and fabrication of evidence to entrench themselves. Actions have also been taken out against the EIZ Council in the Industrial Relations Court (IRC) with complaints against illegal and unfair labour practices.

Further to these matters being active and pending before courts of law, the Council has gone ahead and appointed a CEO as Registrar, Mr. Henry Mwale who started work on 3rd January 2012. He replaces Mr. Chitundu who was also hand-picked against the EIZ procedures and whilst he was non-compliant whose matter is among the actions in the IRC. According to the EIZ Act section 10, a Registrar must be a Registered Engineer and there are currently over 2000 of such. However, Council in further defiance of EIZ rules and the law and in favouring Mr. Mwale,  ran an advert for the post of Registrar whose closing date was 29th October 2011. Some mock interviews were carried out but no recruitment was effected and Mr. David Chakonta working for TEVETTA was irregularly made to Act as Registrar despite the position being a fulltime job and whilst he had an interest being a Vice-President of EIZ.  The time lapse from the deadline to the actual appointment is understood to have meant facilitation of the Registration of Mr. Mwale whom the council was strangely favouring to meet section 10. The records available are that despite him having been working for ZESCO for a long time, he never was a member of EIZ at any time and he was only being pushed in the system to be given a job un-transparently by the President, Mr. Henry Musonda who is his close acquaintance from Ndola and probably for kick-backs. This is at the expense of many qualified Registered Engineers of many years standing. Records clearly show that Mr. Henry Mwale was only given an EIZ admission letter on 2nd November 2011 and was only certified on 7th November 2011. This is only a prerequisite to be a registered engineer whose confirmation is through approval after payment of prescribed fees.  The Registration and subsequent appointment of Mr. Mwale was therefore an afterthought after the expiration of the deadline of the public advertisement for the post of Registrar/ CEO. The scenario is similar to Mr. Chalwe Mwale who was also handpicked as a consultant without any process but he is working as Finance Manager.

These actions and many others including hiring of close acquaintances after endorsing the papers by the President as in the case of Ms Naomi Chutu should be investigated to redeem the Institution which has been embellished in corrupt activities carefully concealed to the general EIZ membership, GRZ and the public. A cartel has thus been formed with mafia-type leadership hand-picking only puppets to promulgate propaganda and illegal activities.  Previous attempts by other interest groups to report these matters to the ACC under the former government have been frustrated after the ACC instead of reviewing the matters, referred them to the CEO/ President of EIZ and of course the matters died out as these people could not investigate themselves. Evidence of matters raised herein is available.

Concerned Engineers

CC:  Ministry of Labour and Social Protection

CC: Ministry of Communications, Transport, Works and Supply

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57 Responses to Corruption at Engineering Institute of Zambia

  1. The chickens have come home to roost. I am not surprised that Zesco is facing a lot of problems now. This is because of the persistent firing of experienced engineers. JT a brilliant engineer (he had a distinction in electrical engineering) run Zesco efficiently despite the chronic shortages of spares due to lack of foreign exchange in KK’s time. “Aleshimia amalaiti at MMD’s rallies” FJT fired him not because he was a bad engineer but because he was seen as too close to KK. And this was the beginning of the problems. A Mr Mwansa came to Zesco and fired over 70 senior staff under the pretext that ZESCO was bringing down the customer/employee ratio as recommended by the WB. Utter ***shit. No sooner had these people left than Zesco employed even more people. Zesco now spends over 50% of its money on staff emoluments. Imagine because all the experienced engineers had been fired the oldest engineer was the MD himself. Did Zesco learn a lesson? No. The Mwanawasa appointed MD fired all senior engineers associated with Mwansa including Mr Mwale the bone of contention and in some cases even drivers. I am not sure about Mupwaya but Chitundu fired all directors who worked with Mupwaya. These are experienced engineers whom the country spent a lot of money to train. In most countries engineers like other professionals such as doctors are most effective in their 50’s and 60’s. When a fault occurs they have seen it before but the young engineers do not even know where to start. Eventually they will learn too but by the time they acquire the necessary experience they will be fired.

    Senior Engineer RTD - January 16, 2012
    15:57

  2. @ power what kind of English is that…” who doesn’t even know what engineering is all about”. Typical of a schooled engineer.

    hello hello - January 16, 2012
    15:33

  3. Absh corruption! Viva transperance! @ Tito abash you! So the same system will b used to fillip council with minions, even those who are not registered will b sneaked in…. You should maw over what you write, this bemba m sure is already planning a third or fourth term. This should b a purging point for this association of corrupt and inept engineer

    terrible west - January 16, 2012
    14:26

  4. The problem is that most of the bloggers commenting are illiterate, who doesn’t even know what engineering is all about.

    Power - January 16, 2012
    13:59

  5. Good afternoon ladies and gents,
    Its very sad to read the above letter and follow comments hereunder. EIZ will be having elections this year in the first half of the year. All engineering professionals will be well informed regarding the venue. Kindly note that only registered members will be eligible to cast a vote in the elections to bring into office a new council. It is my humble appeal to those eligible to file in timeously for nominations so that they hold their legitimate office that will be expected to forge ahead with the institutional agenda and development plans for 2012. Henry Musonda by law will be part of the next council so everyone should be ready to work with him unless he decides to resign as Past President. Corporate Governance lectures have been delivered by Chibamba Kanyama and other elite tutors of the subject, so all that remains is implementation. Engineers shall not be taught by bloggers here who want to insult the noble profession that we dont make toothpicks. Look at CEC and see how it is ran by local engineers !! So Zambians can do it and all we need is to have more people to get involved in leadership, self development and indeed development of others. EIZ is a growing institution with a growing membership and fund, soon it will need more corporate and fund managers, a field more engineers will need to get trained in.

    Regards,
    Engineer without boarders – tito.

    Tito - January 16, 2012
    13:19

  6. Is there a single Zambian Engineer who has ever innovated something or invent something? All I see is maintaining what others made. Our roads are very poorly Engineered with technology that was used for horse drawn carriages. Miners, they all failed to run ZCCM, that is why some are in politics, where talk is cheaper than action. In a country that is endowed with water and sun, not a single Electrical Engineer in Zambia has developed renewable source energy. All the HEP dams were built or planned by the British colonial government.
    Almost all Engineering firms in Zambia are owned by non-engineers.

    THE SAINT - January 16, 2012
    12:54

  7. It is a Musonda! You Engineers you do not know who you are dealing with. A Bemba cannot be corrupt.

    THE SAINT - January 16, 2012
    12:49

  8. Hey, not all engineers are road engineers (Civil Engineers)!!! What about those running ZESCO (Electrical Engineers) ZAMTEL, AIRTEL, MTN, COPPERNET (Electronics/Telecommunication Engineers), what about those providing you with the water and sewerage services, and off course, ifuko (Miners) and metallurgists!!! Get more data before you comment

    Romantic Monk - January 16, 2012
    11:34

  9. These chaps were illegally paying themselves all sorts of allowances and gratuities. Matters are in court, so let the courts resolve them. Writing more letters to ACC won’t help.

    Mp'nga Mbizi - January 16, 2012
    11:08

  10. Indeed for a country to develop it should embrace three things:education,research and innovation.These are what forms the triangle of knowledge.EIZ should spearhead reserch and innovation for us to move forward and not this nonsense we are hearing.

    Gen.Gredenko - January 16, 2012
    10:49

  11. there was a time i walked around that so called tdau, and i was not impressed. and i don’t think making a hammer mill, in space, is any admireble feaf? i then laid my dissatifaction at the foot of dean of the school. and he agreed with me.

    now another time, i monitored a group of three 3rd year students, in some university, out there build computer printer in five days together with the respective computer harness software.

    now, i am sure, you are wondering, “what about me?” well, me, i am a ‘SKOUKOUM FELLOW’. i walk the way of the way of the ‘Brain War’.

    "e" the independent f(x) - January 16, 2012
    10:47

  12. Any arrests the Musonda executive made for the thefts or can we now believe it to be propaganda as alleged for sexual free sexual satisfaction? All are time wasters, Zambian needs engineers input f

    Hachikala - January 16, 2012
    10:34

  13. Never justify illegalities, if it’s sour grapes, why the court cases, think this Kolwestan is a cheat at his games, at must be shown the hole….anyways, anyone guilty should face the wrath of the law, but why only under this leadership such chaos, give me a break..

    Chelanimuntu - January 16, 2012
    10:27

  14. This is clearly an issue of sour grapes. A bunch of employees and some engineers were stealing from the EIZ and the Henry Musonda Executive fired them. Now they are fighting back.

    Mp'nga Mbizi - January 16, 2012
    09:58

  15. And then?

    Bullman - January 16, 2012
    09:43

  16. Am one of the people that attended the last AGM and i remember very well that This Mwale guy was introduced by the president as a consultant who was running his own business but its surprising to find that actually he is employed by EIZ as the Finance Manager!
    Am one person who has never supported the Pressure group(petitioners)but am begining to see sense in their claims.Lets find a way of bringing all this nonsense to an end before the institution dies.

    Kyobs - January 16, 2012
    09:25

  17. @sivovo, for your information, those stone crushers or cememnt mixers, hammer mills etc, we used to design and manufacture those in fifth year as final year projects. its of ignorance that you make such foolish comments. go to the school of engineering and TDAU in particualr and see engineering students ideas and projects they are undertaking and if the government and would be sponsors could take up such projects at large scale this nation wouldnt be where it is now. its unfortunate these engineers are now fighting in public and am ashamed to be an engineer for this nonsense in my organisation which has lingered on for some time with this eng. henery musonda’s executive.how come only his executive is being doubted. we have had a lot of executives and councils that have been there and its been quiet and proffessional…….. why now?

    shimaini - January 16, 2012
    08:37

  18. Engineer, how many patents do have under your belt? Dont just make empty reactions. The truth is, Zambian engineers are a disgrace.

    Dawa - January 16, 2012
    08:00

  19. Crack on you “useful” engineers, we are in the middle of a load shedding disaster at the moment you got no luxury of in-fighting, we need solutions from you ASAP. Us taxpayers spent a fortune maitaining you lot at Unza and we demand that one of the requirements for your annual registration besides fees of course should be that each of you should submit a report of what they did during the year to help NORMALIZE our country.

    Mapenzi - January 16, 2012
    07:57

  20. What kind of country is this where everyone is pointing fingers at everyone, engineers, doctor, nurse, teachers, laws even politicians. we all think we better than the other profession, when in actual sense nothing happens in Zambia. Chap writing about Engineers not making razors or toothpick don’t do have a clue of what challenges this country as a whole is facing. I have seen Doctors/Engineers/Lawyers win outstanding awards abroad but never from here. I think before we point fingers at each other lets take time to THINK.

    Engineer - January 16, 2012
    07:55

  21. When is this bushit goin to end?

    kalulu - January 16, 2012
    07:00

  22. We might as well close the school of engineering at UNZA and redirect funds to other areas if our so called highly trained engineers can’t even work out how toothpicks are made. So much talk about luck of funds as reason for no inventions and innovations by our “highly” trained engineers but even in the Western world governments don’t just throw Money at every monkey that’s called engineer. You engineers need to work up and go back to basics, start from where our friends started from. By now one of you should have invented a nshima making pot, just pour in bunga, wait for 2 minutes its done and we are eating. We so useless that our Presidents limo has to armored by foreigners. Infact EIZ should be renamed REIZ- Roads Engineers Institute of Zambia- because that’s all they do, screwing us taxpayers by inflating costs.
    With hindsight I wish I did engineering Uni, I would have saved a lot running my little farm.

    Mapenzi - January 16, 2012
    06:52

  23. Zambia would have been a better place if we had patriotic citizens.Today zambia is the most corrupted country dual to lucky of competition among our engineers.Reason we’re just using the same type of crop engineers since 1964 no fresh blood.Imiti ikula epanga does not apply in zambia!that why?youth engineers leave our country because men in grey hair does’nt what to leave they position even if their have been given they retirement packager.Today you want to extend the retirement age,have you thought about the youths?what a shame! a nation without future plans for youth. MR KABWILI,mopan mines,&others we need a plan for youths! let grey hair men&women do other things once they retire.This nation need youths with fresh ideas to develop.

    Sydney shamende - January 16, 2012
    04:36

  24. at an eiz anual gathering, once, i was asked to make a short presentation relative to how some device operated. when i stated that, one of the principles exploited was fluids specific heat capacity increase with temperature, then a lecturer engineering from one of the two national universities violently argued that, that was wrong!
    so i simply told him go and redo o-level physics.

    another time i looked a course students had to in second year. then i went to one resiponsible for configuring time tables and explained why the object course needed to be moved to 3rd relative to respective pre-requisites, the fellow couldn’t follow the logic.

    at yet another time, a group of five 5th year students came to enlist my assistance in their project. i draw a simple circuit with specified components and input. then i asked them to skech the respective tranfer function. all five had no idea what was required!

    i am saying all this so that we have sone idea of what innovetions should be expected from the subjects.
    actually, at knowledge application, revome foreign input, then we are at stone age! stone and tree bark fiber for hammer and nails respectively.

    "e" the independent f(x) - January 16, 2012
    04:18

  25. It is really unfortunate that an engineering institute is talking about corruption instead of inventions or number patents that there members filed last year.

    EIZ could be the most useless engineering institute in Africa.
    Never at any time do you hear these guys talk about invetions and innovations by there members. At most of there conferences, all they discuss are useless and unrelated issues. An engineer is trained to invent but if you went to EIZ to find out the number of patents filed or obtained by their members annually, i guess the answer will be zero.

    Dawa - January 16, 2012
    00:42

  26. Waste of time sending letters to MCS. Send him letters to read. You must be joking right… crazy thought lol. No letters. By the time he reads all those letters another child would have died in hospital, another family would have no money in their pockets, another greedy politician would have abused govt funds…..

    Protests will have an impact to show the government that Zambians are not sleepy and want more action and less talk. I want to see this government work.

    Whoever suggested writing to Sata needs their head re examined. Let’s get serious about the issues that Zambia is facing. No!! it’s time to demand and fight for a better Zambia for all. We are being left behind in terms of development man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Send Sata a letter, pls, lol

    Onbehalfof the poor people - January 16, 2012
    00:42

  27. I agree that Zambians should not sit back. Other countries hold protests so why can’t we. Strikes on transport would help. Teachers should go on strike too.

    Chewe Chewe - January 16, 2012
    00:08

  28. Sivovo, you are an iliterate frustrated idiot. It is a simple matter, if you have a business case to invest in manufacturing razor blades, advertise to the engineering fraternity. Manufacturing does not only require engineering knowledge, it also requires funds and most importantly, business sense.

    Hakabonde Hakabonde - January 16, 2012
    00:06

  29. enen where talent and innovation are suppose to be supported, it is all crap. that why they only survive in a law wall fence! but, they still act like the proverbial ‘FENCE WHICH DEVOURED THE CROP’!

    now the way forward is to redefine the criterion for qualification. but though, it’s like a ‘catch 22′! who can redefine the criterion? a convention perhaps? but comprised with who? and, that would be scientific, where, majority rule wouldn’t do very well?

    "e" the independent f(x) - January 15, 2012
    23:39

  30. My fellow country men and women It’s our duty to fight for the people of Zambia

    TIME TO MAKE HISTORY!!!!!!!

    Onbehalfof the poor people/NEW BLOOD WANTED/ the poor continue to suffer/act before it’s too late ……

    Wake up Zambians

    This country needs PROTESTS and not hiding behind the computer

    Who is brave enough to fight and demand for a better Zambia

    Where was Sata all those years when money was stolen. Don’t let him off the hook.
    Now he’s fighting corruption. How odd…… My FOOT!!!

    PROTESTS my friends to make them WORK
    That’s the only way!!’!!!!!!!!!

    Tired of the circus that’s been going on

    And Zamtel, if the sale is reversed who will get their dirty corrupted hands on it. Just wondering….. WHO??? Secret service/illuminati at work

    PROTESTS - January 15, 2012
    23:37

  31. I have confidence in His excellency’s desire to get rid of all types of favouritism and corruption from Zambia. Instead of circulating papers all around,let the pipo get serious and send their grievances confidentially to His Excellency for him to get the same redressed.

    lovey - January 15, 2012
    23:35

  32. All those above 65 years shall be retired with immediate effect. President sata has directed that retirement age in government shall be increased from 55 to 65. That means he shall retire himself first as he is 74.

    Retiree is occupying our state house. Evacuate him.

    nafuti nafuti - January 15, 2012
    23:32

  33. PROTESTS

    Time to stand up and incite PROTESTS

    Let’s make HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    More money in our pockets slogans
    Better health slogans
    Better education slogans
    Better roads slogans
    More hospitals slogans
    Sanitisation in the compounds slogans
    Better standards of living slogans
    More jobs slogans

    Abash tribalism slogans
    Abash old political leaders time to go slogans

    Real change wanted slogans
    INJALA slogans
    Better pay slogans

    90 day promises fulfilled slogans

    Enough is Enough slogans

    Time to hit the streets and make HISTORY with slogans and chants

    Let’s go!!!!! Forward march!!!!!!

    On behalf of the poor people - January 15, 2012
    23:15

  34. PROTESTS

    Time to stand up and incite PROTESTS

    Let’s make HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    More money in our pockets slogans
    Better health slogans
    Better education slogans
    Better roads slogans
    More hospitals slogans
    Sanitisation in the compounds slogans
    Better standards of living slogans
    More jobs slogans

    Abash tribalism slogans
    Abash old political leaders time to go slogans

    Real change wanted slogans
    INJALA slogans
    Better pay slogans

    90 day promises fulfilled slogans

    Enough is Enough slogans

    Time to hit the streets and make HISTORY with slogans and chants

    Let’s go!!!!! Forward march!!!!!!

    On behalf of the poor people/ NEW BLOOD WANTED/ the poor continue to suffer/act before it's too late - January 15, 2012
    23:09

  35. Give political leaders hell and make history. Make them sweat and work hard. Give them sleepless nights by demanding

    NEW BLOOD WANTED - January 15, 2012
    22:33

  36. And fight for it with protests !!!!!!!!

    NEW BLOOD WANTED - January 15, 2012
    22:30

  37. There should be PROTESTS everyday demanding for jobs health education and more

    don’t sit idle and wait for change – demand it!!!!

    NEW BLOOD WANTED - January 15, 2012
    22:29

  38. imwe mwalaendelela very soon. Nice expose, , go hard copy kaili, no wonder I saw eiz logo on the Post of yesterday on the list of sponsors for pf party, this is abuse, where is this cheek coming from to spend membership fees like that, I see another LAPgreen saga in this, actually complex but their days are numbered… will be passionate to close all holes wherever corruption shows it’s ugly head

    Chipena - January 15, 2012
    22:26

  39. 47 years no real development no real change. Corruption will it ever end in this country. Greed my friends or is it INJALA and no money in peoples pockets. Losing battle. Zambia needs new fresh blood to rule and guide Zambia. Zambia needs someone to see that skyscrapers are built, roads and railways are built, hospitals, universities AGRICULTURE developed, manufacturing our own clothes, shoes, radios, televisions cars etc.

    Corruption this one and corrupted that one.

    No achievement for 47 years. Does that not make you angry!!!!!

    No money in anyones pocket corruption will remain.

    I’m starting to get pissed off again!!!

    Please vote in fresh blood come 2016. A political party that has a vision and a solid plan.

    Time to fire PF. Five years and boot them out. No chances or waiting. Get rid of everyone from the past. Start searching for a new leader. Don’t think tribal when searching for the one.

    NEW BLOOD WANTED - January 15, 2012
    22:20

  40. Nice expose^ ba ZWD, imwe mwalaendelela very soon, go hard copy kaili, no wonder I saw eiz logo on the Post of yesterday on the list of sponsors for pf party, this is abuse, where is this cheek coming from to spend membership fees like that, I see another LAPgreen saga in this, actually complex but their days are numbered… will be passionate to close all holes wherever corruption shows it’s ugly head

    Bashitito - January 15, 2012
    22:04

  41. kambwili is coming for these plunderas

    dadada - January 15, 2012
    21:57

  42. Lets nt relent to quickly swing in action to protect public offices n resources. These peasants must b brot to book

    Linyungandambo - January 15, 2012
    21:37

  43. This sneaky northerner has not employed a fellow northerner but a wise man from the East. The wise man from the East in his infinite wisdom removed the abuse of office from our statute books.

    Senior Engineer RTD - January 15, 2012
    21:34

  44. THE ENGINEERS WHO CANT EVEN MAKE A RAZOR BLADE OR STONE CRUSHER. ENGINEERS BY NAMES

    sivovo - January 15, 2012
    21:18

  45. kick backs in what form?and where is money involved here?

    joe hunter - January 15, 2012
    21:16

  46. so if this is true, then the chaps must not only be booted out but should also be visited by the law, wasn’t eiz a grz law agency supposed to uphold the law? now softbums is in problems over single sourcing of zamtel, what about this nepotism or cheery picking? except the cherries being picked are clearly rotten…

    TLC - January 15, 2012
    20:36

  47. corruption stinks.all ba mambala will be questioned 2moro. Corruption is a deadly disease which should be whipped out imediately.am MMD but i like de stance taken by de Pf govt in de fight against corruption. Vimangeni vimambala vatinyokolesa nanjala.

    andrew jere - January 15, 2012
    20:23

  48. This must be linked to sinister activities, the guy is very sneaky, and making movements to get some GRZ job, a smooth talker this northerner, no wonder we can’t have engineers doing sensible things in Zambia, traffic jams, potholes, loadshedding….. this chi Institutre should be disbanded like Tobbaco Board or ECZ

    Foreinger - January 15, 2012
    20:17

  49. this is not fair people,why do you love money this much? Let us love each other has proudly zambians ,its one zambia one nation

    lovely handsamu - January 15, 2012
    20:13

  50. hEY, ANOTHER FODEP, mambala yako…another kolwestan at it again.

    Mbelomunyelo - January 15, 2012
    20:01