Nicolae Buzaianu the Swiss National, wrongly linked to the six million dollar gold scam involving named Drug Enforcement Commission workers and other senior officials in the former regime has instructed his lawyers to withdraw any legal actions against the Zambian government for defamation. Dr. Buzaianu was seeking one-hundred-million US dollars in damages for the injury to his reputation and planned on donating all funds to several African charities– specifically Aid for Africa.
Since the beginning of the allegations Dr. Buzaianu claimed his innocence and stood steadfast that he had no part in the gold-scandal which has now placed a dark blemish on the faces of former President Banda who is accused of selling the gold and current President Sata who wrongly accused Dr. Buzaianu.
Dr. Buzaianu says he felt grossly mistreated by the manner President Sata handled the inquiry. No one in the Zambian government formerly spoke with Nicolae Buzaianu or allowed him the opportunity to defend himself against such an act of blatant defamation. Sakwiba Sikota of Central Chambers stated that his client has never bought any gold from the DEC or the Zambia government. He also expressed that like most high profile cases after the finger pointing is complete the truth rises. In the case of Nicolae Buzaianu the truth indeed rose and his character restored therefore he has dropped the case against the government and is now moving on from the unfortunate event.
Lastly Mr. Sikota was speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka and has stated the gold in question was sold to Societe Financiere Du Seujet SA and Valsior SA. Mr. Sikota stated that his client has produced all the documents which show that the two companies followed all the procedures in buying the gold from the DEC and he also stressed the fact that Nicolae Buzaianu was not party to the sale let alone privy to it happening.
When President Michael Sata disclosed that the gold went missing it was in the care of the DEC and that the anti-drug agency was looking for Dr. Buzaianu in connection with the gold sale however, that statement has since been recanted. When Dr. Buzaianu came into the country last month for the purpose of meeting former President Rupiah Banda his reason was not to purchase gold but to make Mr. Banda aware that he was contemplating on stepping down from his UNESCO post to be more available to his family and other charitable concerns which are the restoring of churches in disrepair.
The investigation into the Zambian gold-gate scandal continues.