Vote: Lungu wants Israeli firm to 'help boost PF’s chances'
05 January 2016, 19:39
Lusaka – Zambian President Edgar Lungu has called for the country's director of the intelligence services, Samuel Nkhoma, to make a deal with an Israeli Company, Timor Consulting, to guarantee "information management" during elections this year, reports the Post.
His request was made official via an "extremely confidential" letter dated October 9, 2015 where he directed Nkhoma to work with Timor in order to ensure the Patriotic Front (PF) is voted into power once more.
The letter was signed off on behalf of the Southern African nation's president by his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations, Amos Chanda, the report said.
In the letter Chanda stated with confidence: "I have examined the technical proposal and I am satisfied that it provides a comprehensive outline of the desired interventions necessary to run an effective and efficient campaign."
Timor Consulting has previously stated that they have had successful campaigns particularly in Africa as they are at the forefront of prestigious campaigns. They have worked with high-profile corporate clients, mayors and heads of state in dozens of countries across the globe, including three successful presidential campaigns in Sierra Leone, Mozambique and Botswana.”
In September 2015 the PF were reported by the Post to have engaged with Timor Consulting to help Lungu retain power in the next presidential elections.
However, the PF's dismissed the allegations, with the party's secretary general, Davies Chama, saying the PF did not need Timor to win.
"I am not aware about it, and we don’t need a consultant. I am the consultant myself, I am the full package," Chama was quoted as saying.
Their continuous denial, however, was met with a statement from Timor to the Post saying that the PF should stop denying they hired them as it is counter-productive to the work they intend to do for their political campaign.
Zambia will hold its presidential and parliamentary elections on August 11.
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