By David Zulu/ 15.01.19
As the intrigue continues to unfold in the Valden Findlay drug tales and adventures, cans of wriggling ugly worms are opening up in an account that appear to link two Heads of State in what may yet turn out to be an integrity disaster of epic proportions of two governments.
Kaweche Kaunda, son to Zambia’s first Republican President Kenneth Kaunda has tightened the noose on suspected drug baron Valden Findlay, but however entangling President Edgar Lungu and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta along the way.
Valden Findlay is a close associate of the Zambian President we all know that though he has no known government appointment. He has, however, travelled extensiveley with him on official and private engagements at home and abroad.
The drug related court trial of Vijaygiri ‘Vicky’ Goswami in the U.S. has been linked to Findlay as his possible accomplice in the international drug trade that covers a bunch of countries among them United Arab Emirates, South Africa, United States, United Kingdom, Kenya and Zambia.
After the revelation by politician Chishimba Kambwili last week, Valden Findlay denied ever knowing or meeting Goswami adding that his relationship with President Lungu was without any blemish or speckle and that it was mutual and personal.
But Kaweche Kaunda who is a brother in marriage to Goswami rubbishes the claim, insisting that the two are friends and that he has on several occasions been in their company in South Africa.
Kaunda makes startling revelations of Goswami requesting for President Lungu’s intervention through Findlay a personal friend of the Zambian leader, over a drug related offence he committed in Kenya.
“At the time ‘Vicky’ was arrested in Kenya, he was still friends with Findlay and how I know is because Vicky called me when they were arrested in Kenya. He called me to help him and how was I going to help him? He wanted me to talk to President Uhuru, but I said I can’t do that, you have just come out of jail in Dubai and you want me to help you? I can’t do that. Weeks later he phoned me and said ‘Kaweche don’t worry about that, Valden is going to sort it out by talking to President Edgar Lungu who will talk to President Uhuru Kenyatta and you are telling me Goswami and Valden are not friends”, asked Kaunda.
Kaweche Kaunda and Uhuru Kenyatta’s childhood friendship traces its origins from the time their fathers Kenneth Kaunda and Jomo Mzee Kenyatta were Presidents of Zambia and Kenya respectively.
Two years ago President Edgar Lungu accompanied by a few aides and Valden Findlay travelled to Kenya, for what the Zambian State House described as a private visit. Findlay was captured in an image while greeting President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Unconfirmed reports of the possibilities of the Presidential Gulfstream being used as a vehicle for international drug trafficking have been swirling since the revelations by Chishimba Kambwili last week.
The Kenyan Presidency or government have not commented on the latest Goswami Findlay reports that appear to link Kenyatta.
Meanwhile BBC Focus on Africa has carried out a special report that raises alarm bells on the proliferation of hard drugs in Lusaka’s Chibolya Township. The origins of the drugs are unknown and the problem appears to be getting out of control as drug addicts tripple. This is according to the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC)
“The Commission is extremely worried about the increasing number of teenagers abusing narcotics such as cocaine and heroin. This is an indication that Zambia is no longer a transit nation but slowly drifting to a drug consumer nation”, BBC’s Georgina Smith quoted DEC spokesperson John Nyawali as saying.
With the Goswami/ Findlay drug story making international headlines, there appears to be more questions than answers on Zambia’s drug problem.