Wednesday , January 20 2021

Armscor CEO Kevin Wakeford hits Agrigi's accusations as "malicious"

Armscor CEO Kevin Wakeford. Photo of the file: Selwyn Tait.

Johannesburg – Armscor Arms Corp. chief executive Kevin Wakeford on Monday criticized charges of former Bosassa chief operating officer Angelo Agrizi for investigating state arrest "malicious, crude fiction, and a fabric of lies.

Wakeford is believed to be involved in a sworn statement sent to Aggression's Zondo Investigation Commission.

Agrizi gives detailed details of how Bossasa, now an African global corporation, pays huge bribes to government ministers and parliament members to win lucrative state auctions and help him hide corruption.

He also revealed this Bossasa has spent up to 6 million bribes a month for various government officials and senior heads of state-owned enterprises.

A statement on behalf of Wakeford confirmed that Armscorp's boss was formally notified by the Zondo commission secretariat last week that his name appeared in documents submitted to the committee.

"Although he did not enjoy the benefits and protection of the committee's rules, he said he would cooperate with the commission and adhere to the rules, inter alia, relating to media interaction."

Wakeford continued to deny Aggression's claims, saying he was "confident he could clear his name in time."

He also confirmed his professional attitude as a Bosass conservative consultant for about eight years, saying his advisory role spans a number of issues related to political economy.

"At any time I avoided conflicts of interest by revealing my connections. There is enough evidence to validate such, "he explained.

Armscor's head said he believed and respected the "rule of law" and the process of verifying the evidence to reach a fair outcome, and for this purpose he and his lawful representatives made a detailed statement.

Wakeford also states that he intends to file a request to be allowed to testify before the committee, cross-examining him and questioning Agrizzi.

"I sacrificed and devoted much of my life to integrity and ethical leadership, often to the detriment of myself and my extended family. I was outraged and side-down as a result of my involvement in whistle-blowing activities. The Commission in the 2002 Random Crash and my support for former Mike Shishing, the former Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Justice, during his curse, revealing revelations in 2003 and 2004, testify to this. The award-winning journalist and Barry Sergeant's book, "Wound Assault," is an excellent record for both.

"I am Chief Executive Officer of Armscor on May 1, 2015. Armscor has no contracts with Bosasa. In fact, Armscor has no contracts with any of the Gupta-related companies. During my term as CEO, we have achieved three clean audits and one unqualified audit. I commit myself to clear my name and ask all stakeholders to be patient while working with my legal team to prepare, "he said.

Wakeford confirmed he had asked Armstrong to put him on special leave last Tuesday to give him time to prepare his answer and give him time to clear his name.

Wakeford continued, "It is not to be expected that Arscorp's employees will be headed by a CEO, whose integrity is questioned in the public sphere and hence during the special leave."


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