The presidential candidate for the Patriotic Front (PF) in Zambia’s January 20 presidential by-election Edgar Lungu has allegedly ‘auctioned’ Barotseland’s oil and gas potential reserves to Nigerian businessmen in exchange for campaign funds.
The Zambian Watchdog reports that the deal was reached at on Saturday in Nigeria and Lungu’s camp is reported to have promised the Nigerian Muslim financiers concessions in mineral rights, oil and gas explorations in North Western, ‘Western’(Barotseland) and Copperbelt regions once he is given power if he wins elections in January.
The deal also gives the Nigerians preferential treatment in hunting concessions in Zambia’s national parks over the short period of five years subject to renewal.
The group ‘supporting’ Lungu is in the Delta region where many violent insurgent groups are funded by the local businessmen.
Lungu’s campaign is reported to have since been boosted by US$2 million dollars from the Nigerians and part of it was used to hire two helicopters and one plane for his campaign movements.