31 May 2012

Zambia: Ex-Minister Konga Collapses During Probe

FORMER Energy and Water Development minister, Kenneth Konga was yesterday admitted to St John's Medical Hospital in Lusaka's Woodlands area after he collapsed during interrogations with investigative wings.

Mr Konga has since been transferred to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) for further medical investigations and treatment.

Joint Government Investigations Team Public Relations Officer, Namukolo Kasumpa confirmed this in a statement in Lusaka yesterday.

Mr Konga, who was minister during the previous regime, is MMD Chavuma West Member of Parliament (MP).

Ms Kasumpa said Mr Konga fell ill and collapsed around 09:40 hours at the former task force on corruption offices during the interview with the Joint Government Investigations Team.

She said Mr Konga was then rushed to St John's Medical Hospital in Woodlands where he was admitted.

"I wish to confirm that the Government Joint Investigations Team this morning summoned Chavuma West Member of Parliament and former minister of Energy, Hon Kenneth Konga who was accompanied by his lawyer, Mr Sakwiba Sikota for an interview at the former task force offices in Woodlands.

"I also wish to confirm that Mr Konga fell ill around 09:40 hours during the interview and was rushed to St John's Medical Hospital in Woodlands where he was admitted. He was summoned to be interviewed by the investigative team," she said.

MMD spokesperson, Dora Siliya also confirmed that Mr Konga, who is one of the senior party national executive committee (NEC) members, collapsed and was now admitted to UTH.

According to the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) news monitored last evening, Ms Siliya said Mr Konga collapsed at the former task force offices and was rushed to St John's Medical Hospital and later to UTH.

"As a party, we wish him a quick recovery. He is one of our senior NEC members," Ms Siliya said.

Authorities at St John's Medical Hospital confirmed that Mr Konga was taken to the institution in a "bad state" after he had collapsed.

And UTH Managing Director, Luckson Kasonka confirmed that Mr Konga was admitted to the country's biggest referral health institution due to high blood pressure.

Dr Kasonka said Mr Konga was currently receiving treatment in the UTH VIP fast track wing.

The law enforcement agencies early this year seized Mr Konga's luxurious Hummer motor vehicle which he said he acquired using money that MPs got from the National Assembly as car loans.

Mr Konga was also warned and cautioned over a multi-billion Kwacha hotel situated near Kamwala, a semi-detached flat in Kabulonga and mining equipment in Makeni in Lusaka.

The hotel is situated off Dedan Kimathi Road, near the Inter-City Bus Terminus in Lusaka.

Mr Konga was, however, given back his properties after conclusion of investigations over the seized properties.

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