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John Suzi Banda quits PPDA

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MAFUTA MWALE – Yes it is true

Chairperson for the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) John Suzi Banda has resigned from his position, Secretary to the Treasury Macdonald Mafuta Mwale confirmed Monday.

Suzi Banda’s resignation comes barely two weeks after President Lazarus Chakwera recommended his suspension to Secretary to the President and Cabinet (SPC) Colleen Zamba over his being implicated in alleged dubious transactions with United Kingdom-based businessman Zuneth Sattar.

According to Mafuta Mwale, he was informed by Zamba about Suzi Banda’s resignation.

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“Yes it’s true. I was informed by the SPC, who received his resignation letter,” Mafuta Mwale said.

Two weeks ago, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) delivered the report of its investigations into Sattar, in which, according to President Lazarus Chakwera, it indicated that a total of 84 people from both the public and private sectors allegedly benefitted from Sattar’s fat wallet.

The officials which Chakwera indicated to have been implicated in the ACB included Vice-President Saulos Chilima, former Inspector General of Police George Kainja, suspended State House Chief of Staff Prince Kapondamgaga and Suzi Banda.

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While Chakwera withdrew delegated powers from Chilima, fired Kainja and suspended Kapondamgaga, he instructed Zamba to facilitate the disciplining of all the people who do not directly fall under the President.

“The chairperson for the PPDA will similarly be excused from his official duties, and I have already instructed the Secretary to the President and Cabinet to do so using the appropriate legal instruments related to statutory bodies.

“I have also directed her to work with the relevant service commissions to effect similar measures with respect to the other implicated public servants who do not report to me,” Chakwera said.

In an interview later, Zamba said she would wait for the ACB to conclude its investigations into any suspected individual before instituting disciplinary action on them.

According to the ACB report, Sattar had beneficiaries from public and private institutions.

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