Professor Clive Chirwa still CEO

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Transport, Communications, Works and Supply Minister Christopher Yaluma

Transport, Communications, Works and Supply Minister Christopher Yaluma

Transport, Communications, Works and Supply Minister Christopher Yaluma has moved to allay reports of a power rift at Zambia Railways Limited involving Managing Director Professor Clive Chirwa and the board over corruption at the railway firm.

“These reports of a rift are exaggerated. The situation is okay and everything is operating normally,” Mr. Yaluma said in an interview.

When pressed further, Mr. Yaluma explained, “Professor Chirwa remains C.EO and he is not going anywhere. I know of those problems with the board but those things are normal in any organisation and so they should not be exaggerated.”

“As Minister of Transport, I am firmly in control of the situation at Zambia Railways.”

Mr. Yaluma said reports that Professor Chirwa had been suspended by the board were unfounded and a creation by people interested in causing confusion at Zambia Railways.

“What I know is that the board never made such a decision to suspend the CEO and that is the correct position,” he said.

Chirwa (right)

Chirwa (right)


“Yes some people want to see us fail on this project so they will try to cause confusion and derail us but we remain focused as government on delivering on the promise to transform Zambia Railways.

On the issue of board members demanding inflated allowances, Mr. Yaluma said allowances are normal and they should be paid as per entitlement.

“The K 500 million for each member is crazy. I cannot sanction that payment. I would be fired by State House if I ever sanctioned those huge allowances. What I have approved is in the range of K 7 million per sitting per member and that is in line with most parastatals,” he said.

“The K 500 million for each member is crazy. I cannot sanction that payment. I would be fired by State House if I ever sanctioned those huge allowances. What I have approved is in the range of K 7 million per sitting per member and that is in line with most parastatals,” he said.

But highly placed sources at the company revealed that Professor Chirwa was barred from going ahead with his planned news last Monday at which he planned to expose the corruption at the company.

“What happened is that after the story went out that some board members want Professor out, Government heard that he was going to have a news conference on the same and they managed to somehow calm him and he cancelled the news conference,” the sources said.

They said the news conference was intended to blow the lid on the rampant corruption going on at the company and on the reasons why Finance Director Regina Mwale was sent on forced leave.

“It appears Professor compromised after the Minister intervened, he is now back in the office and working normally but we understand he has made a list of demands to the Minister. He wants Regina reinstated immediately and he wants certain board members dropped,” the source said.

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