PM linked company in R9million Scunusa-Nhlangano road project corruption mess


JOHANNESBURG: Peacock Transport (PTY) LTD, a company with links to Prime Minister Dr Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini signed a R9million contract with Gabriel Counto/Kukhanya Joint Venture in the Nhlangano-Scunusa Road Project.

This is contained in a bundle of documentary evidence obtained by the investigation unit of this Swaziland News publication that further substantiates how the PM manipulated his powers by instructing civil servants to work for Peacock Transport. Documents reveal that Makhosini Derrick Dlamini who allegedly works for the Prime Minister’s office was privately doing some work for the company that is legally owned by “Sibusiso Barnabas Muzi Dlamini, Fikile Dlamini Gama and Sibusisiwe Dlamini, these are children of the Prime Minister. Fikile Dlamini-Gama is the wife of Bhekithemba Gama, the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology (ICT).

The documents further suggests that the Prime Minister acted with an undeclared conflict of interest in that he failed to disclose his interest to stakeholders including the public when government awarded tenders to companies whose dealings benefits his children. Section 36 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 2006 describes the conduct of the PM has conflict of interest that is a criminal offence. Reached for comments on the allegations, the Prime Minister said he was not happy with the things consistently published about him in this publication. He told this reporter to just focus on him instead of involving other in such issues.

“If you are focusing on me just do so without involving other people” he said Muzi Dlamini, the PM’s son did not respond to a message sent to him seeking his comment. Documents in our possession suggest that on 25 September 2014 Peacock signed subcontract agreement with Gabriel Counto/Kukhanya Joint Venture. The actual amount as reflected in the documents in our possession is E8, 865,080.00(Eight Million, Eight hundred and Sixty Five Thousand and Eighty Emalangeni) and it excludes other monies that might have arise in the performance of the duties.

“We acknowledge discussions relaying to a revised Subcontract Agreement 14 September for the execution and completion o Works comprising the above named Subcontract and remedying defects in conformity with Conditions of Contract, the Subcontract specifications, the Subcontract drawings, the Subcontract Bill of Quantities and Addenda” read the contract in part signed by Kukhanya Director Peter Ngwenya.

Kukhanya Managing Director Peter Ngwenya did not respond to a message sent to him seeking his comment on the subcontract but more evidence links him to the whole business deal. Kukhanya is one of the few construction companies that enjoyed huge tenders from government another one being Inyatsi Construction. Last week, this publication exposed the involvement of the PM in Inyatsi syndicate through the same company that has been benefiting millions of Emalangeni. Reached for comments Michello Shakantu, the Executive Chairman of Inyatsi Group Holdings advised this journalist to call the company’s PRO. “On my side, I can’t comment as this is an administrative matter and such issues are dealt with by the management of the company. Please call the office and ask for a PRO to respond to your questions,” he said.