AMOS CHANDA has revealed that the 2018 Financial Intelligence Report named him as one of those who acquired money suspiciously. Speaking at State House when he announced his resignation from his position as President Lungu’s special assistant for press and public relations, Chanda said the Financial Intelligence Centre gave President Lungu one report, which was contrary to the one availed to donors and general public.
He denied having amassed $3.3 million indicated in the FIC report. Chanda said FIC had put itself in unnecessary controversy.
He warned against the institutionalising witch-hunt by embracing the FIC report.
“I have never seen that kind of money. FIC they put a report to the President and put another report to the public and then put a faceless one to the donors and the media and then the media asks me.…but I have never seen that kind of money but I am on the list of having acquired $3.3 million but if that’s what you want to put it, get on with it, I can give you my bank account,” Chanda said.
Meanwhile, Chanda said he had perused through the draft constitution and particularly the clause requiring civil servants to vacate office at least two years ahead of elections and would not want to be caught up with this should he aspire for political office.
“It has been an absolute privilege and honour for me to serve the country at the highest level of government, in the presidency. For this unique and onerous opportunity, I’m exceedingly grateful to the President,” he said. “In any moment of big decision, such as the one I have taken today, I have always paid due attention to the inner voice which has always, invaluably dictated my commitment to God, family and country. To have been accorded this exceptional opportunity to serve the country that I dearly love, I again wish to express my gratitude to the President.”
Chanda said the presidency accorded him the opportunity to put in some best years of his public service.
He said he would always cherished the chance.
“I really do. I remain resolute in supporting the government as it pursues its overarching development agenda enshrined in the Seventh National Development Plan,” he said. “Let’s all support the President and he seeks prudent utilisation of our limited national resources. I wish the President and the first lady well. I have nothing but full admiration for their extraordinary human fellowship towards all people from different walks of life. And I thank all State House staff for those good times well spent together.”
Chanda said to everyone he encountered in the media, politics and business, Church and international community, and civil society among others, “I salute you for the worthy interactions, for they enormously enriched me, regardless.”
“In the course of discharge of my duties, I may have inadvertently hurt others, both within and outside government, I sincerely seek your understanding that no malice was intended. Never at all, did I ever set out to be personally disagreeable with anyone,” said Chanda. “As I leave State House today, any remaining transitional formalities and handovers, both internally and externally, may be done through the Principal Private Secretary to the President through whom I will engage for any further undertakings.”