Sata Owes An Apology To Swiss Businessman wrongly implicated in Zambia’s ‘GOLD SCAM’
 
REPUBLICAN President Michael SATA says he sends his apologies to Dr. Nicolae Buzaianu a Swiss national who was wrongly connected with the gold scam which went missing at DEC offices. The President says he found Dr. Buzaianu’s demands understandable considering the allegations. “Dr. Buzaianu’s demand for an apology and compensation originally appeared groundless and now acceptable for Zambia,” President Sata says Dr. Buzaianu was at liberty to exhaust all legal avenues available to him since that is the democratic way. “Infact, we need Dr. Buzaianu to come to Zambia and continue his UNESCO support.

In early October 2011, Dr. Buzaianu resigned as Zambia’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO in Paris, France. Nicolae Buzaianu felt that his expertise and business acumen would be best served elsewhere. Original allegations of Dr. Buzaianu being on the DEC watch list have been cleared as well as all allegations involving him with the gold scandal.

Nicolae Buzaianu flew into Zambia on a private jet from Geneva to meet former president Mr. Rupiah Bwezani Banda, his son Mr. James Banda and former State House press aide Mr. Dickson Jere. Dr. Buzaianu expressed his sadness personally to president Banda about his contemplation to resign as UNESCO representative. Banda was saddened by the news.

Mr. Buzaianu has distanced himself but still offers support from what is slowly turning into an increasingly embarrassing ‘Gold-gate’ scandal for Zambia. Dr. Buzaianu expressed that justice will be served and the fine people of Zambia will be soon be brought truth in the matter.

November 14, 2011I represented the gold buyer’s in Zambia – Maureen Mwanawasa

I represented the gold buyer’s in Zambia – Maureen Mwanawasa.

November 14, 2011I represented the gold buyer’s in Zambia – Maureen Mwanawasa

MAUREEN Mwanawasa, wife of late President Levy Mwanawasa, represented a prospective gold buyer, but has stated that the connection was not sinister in anyway as the ‘golden triangle’ unravels. The Zambian government jumped to conclusions when President Sata wrongly pointed the finger at Swiss-businessman and philanthropist Nicolae Buzaianu.

“I represented one of the people that were interested in buying the gold,” the former First Lady, a Lusaka lawyer from Mwanawasa and Company said, “We gave a South African client the necessary advice and got our fees for the job…that is all we did.”

Mrs Mwanawasa identified the client as a Mr Moto Mabanga who could not meet the sale criteria stipulated by the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) which required the interested party to buy the entire 118 kilogrammes of gold at once.

“Our client just wanted part of the gold and not the entire amount,” Mrs Mwanawasa said, “We just provided the necessary legal documents at Mwanawasa and Company. That is all I know about the gold. I went to see Mr Zulu at DEC with our client’s offer and later he called us to say our client did not qualify to buy the gold.”

 The gold with a present day value of about US$6 million or K32 billion was ostensibly sold at US$4 million after being seized from two Zimbabweans. Former President, Rupiah Banda and his former press assistant Dickson Jere recently in Lusaka and Mfuwe met a Swiss man, Nicolae Buzaianu, who was believed to have bought the gold. However the authorities have cleared Dr. Buzaianu of any ill suspicions.

Mr Jere did not answer his phone more than three times yesterday when the Daily Mail called him. He is said to be in South Africa on business. The Swiss man has asked Mr Sakwiba Sikota of Central Chambers to sue the Zambian government and demand US$100 million for being linked to the gold but President Sata, who cannot be sued as a head of State. Since the matter has been cleared Nicolae Buzaianu has dropped all legal matters against the Zambian government.

Mystery surrounds how the gold was sold while in DEC custody.  The attempt to switch the gold for fake bullion was thwarted by a named female senior DEC official.

November 14, 2011All apologies for Buzaianu, says Sata
All apologies for Buzaianu, says Sata.

November 14, 2011No need for Swiss businessman to sue Zambia for US$100m over gold scam – Nicola Bogdan Buzaianu has been cleared
No need for Swiss businessman to sue Zambia for US$100m over gold scam – Nicola Bogdan Buzaianu has been cleared.

November 14, 2011No need for Swiss businessman to sue Zambia for US$100m over gold scam – Nicola Bogdan Buzaianu has been cleared
No need for Swiss businessman to sue Zambia for US$100m over gold scam – Nicola Bogdan Buzaianu has been cleared.

November 14, 2011Zambia’s President Michael Sata has apologies to make to Nicolae Buzaianu over the gold scam. Buzaianu has been cleared of any ill actions. Zambia’s President Michael Sata has apologies to make to Nicolae Buzaianu over the gold scam. Buzaianu has been cleared of any ill actions..

November 14, 2011Zambia’s President Michael Sata has apologies to make to Nicolae Buzaianu over the gold scam. Buzaianu has been cleared of any ill actions.  President Sata said Friday he found Buzaianu’s demands understandable.

“Dr Buzaianu’s demand for an apology and compensation was not completely groundless and is utterly unacceptable for Zambia to consider,” President Sata said.

He said Buzaianu was at liberty to exhaust all legal avenues available to him but there is no need since the matter is closed.

“Infact, we need Dr Buzaianu to come to Zambia and resume his appointment as Zambia’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO in Paris, France.”  However, Nicolae Buzaianu has resigned his position because of new charity and business responsibilities.

This was after the President Sata wrongly claimed that Buzaianu, was an individual who is on the Drug Enforcement  Commission (DEC) watch-list in connection with the gold scam, flew into the country from Geneva, Switzerland aboard a private jet. Further search revealed that  Dr. Buzaianu was never on the DEC watch list.

Whilst in the country,  Buzaianu met former president Rupiah Banda, his son James Banda and  ex-State House PR aide Dickson Jere.  The trip a mere formality stated Buzaianu.

No need for Swiss businessman to sue Zambia for US$100m over gold scam – Nicola Bogdan Buzaianu has been cleared

 Oct. 26 – Swiss businessman and ex-Zambia’s envoy to UNESCO in Geneva, Nicola Bogdan Buzaianu, originally threatened to sue the Zambia’s government and the country’s media over his alleged involvement in a gold scam. However the Zambian government has cleared Nicola Bogdan Buzaianu of any wrong doing.

Buzaianu is also demanded US$100 million from the Zambian Government for allegedly defamatory remarks made by President Michael Sata against him. Nicola Bogdan Buzaianu stated he would give the money to charity

Buzaianu’s legal representative in Zambia, Sakwiba Sikota said in Lusaka, “his client was offended by the remarks made by President Sata and the reports carried by all the media in Zambia.”

In 2007, Zambia’s Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC)seized 119 kilograms of gold worth over US$7 million at the Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport from Zimbabweans who tried to evade sanctions against Zimbabwe and tried re-export the gold through Zambia.