Wednesday, 22 September 2010


Erasmus Chilundika
By The Globe Reporter
Road Development Agency (RDA) has sent four of its senior managers on forced leave to pave way for investigations into mismanagement of funds as highlighted in the Auditor General’s report.
RDA board chairperson Luambe Mondoloka announced the suspension of chief executive officer and director Erasmus Chilundika, senior manager construction and maintenance Stephen Malubila, senior manager planning and design Daniel Mulonga and manager procurement Charles Mushota.
“The leave, which is with immediate effect, is meant to pave way for investigations into allegations of mismanagement of resources among other things as considered in the Auditor General’s Report covering the period 2005 to 2008,”  read Mondoloka's statement in part. “Other reasons that have been cited for the action include: the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) recommendations regarding the disregard for the 2008 Annual Work Plan resulting in the over commitment to the Zambian Government fiscus of K1 trillion, the non-observance of Acts governing the sector, procurement irregularities and unsubstantiated payments to contractors.” Mondoloka stated that Nason Balashi, who is currently senior manager technical and commercial services, would act as chief executive officer for administrative convenience. “Relevant sub-committees of the RDA Board would start meeting on Tuesday 21st September, 2010 to deliberate issues surrounding this
 development,” disclosed Mondoloka. “The Committees are expected to report back to the main board on 12th October, 2010 with appropriate recommendations.”

The Globe Newspapers unearthed a scam of financial irregularities at RDA after the donors demanded for an audit last year. The Audit report that was conducted and released by the Office of the Auditor General highlighted financial irregularities on both government and donor funded road projects.

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