Zambian Voice demands update on Kabimba and GBM investigations
The Zambian Voice have written to the Director General of the Anti-Corruption Commission, Rosewin Wandi, demanding an update on the case the commision was investigating involving Minister of Justice Hon Wynter Kabimba and Minister of Defence Hon Geoffrey Mwamba.
In the latter signed by Chilufya Tayali, the Zambian Voice reminded Ms Wandi that the people of Zambia had given her all the power and authority to investigate corruption allegations that are committed by the weakest and the strongest citizens in this country.
Below is the full letter
THE DIRECTOR GENERAL-ANTI CORRUPTION COMMISSION
RE: DEMAND FOR AN UPDATE ON THE CORRUPTION INVESTIGATIONS CONCERNING HON WYNTER KABIMBA AND HON GEOFREY MWAMBA
The above subject matter refers.
We are hereby demanding for an update on how far the Anti- Corruption Commission has gone concerning the serious corruption allegations leveled on the Minister of Justice Hon Wynter Kabimba and Minister of Defence Hon Geoffrey Mwamba.
Between September and October 2012, the two Cabinet ministers accused each other of corruption and your Commission did indeed issue a statement that investigations in both cases were underway.
To our great dismay, Hon Kabimba went on rampage intimidating the ACC in an attempt to force the ACC to release their findings, failure to which he threatened to take legal action.
Both Ministers were summoned to appear before ACC investigating team. Hon Mwamba did appear before the ACC officers were he was interviewed on the corruption allegations leveled against him by His Justice Ministry counterpart.
When it was time came for Hon Kabimba to appear before the ACC investigating team all hell broke loose!
Monday, December 3rd 2012 a day that will live in infamy, as regards the unprecedented and brutal assault on our criminal justice system in Zambia, Hon Kabimba, did report to the ACC offices in the company of a mob of PF cadres.
The Minister of Justice demanded that he be interviewed in the presence of the cadres who had accompanied him.
ACC officers did inform Hon Kabimba, that interviews are not conducted in such a manner.
The combative and charged Minister refused to be interviewed in the absence of his disruptive and noisy supporters.
We believe that Hon Kabimba’s conduct at the ACC offices amounts to obstruction of justice which in itself is a very serious criminal offence under the ACC Act.
To our horror and disappoint, you have done nothing to bring him to book for his lawless conduct at the ACC offices, which if left unchecked will bring the ACC and law enforcement as we know it, to its knees.
Should we assume that the easiest way to escape serious corruption allegations and possible prosecution in Zambia is to rent a mob and intimidate the ACC into submission?
As an organization that is dedicated to good governance, transparency and accountability in Government. We demand to know why the ACC has seemingly grown cold feet in the investigation of the alleged serious corruption allegations leveled against Hon Kabimba.
We wish to remind you, that the people of Zambia have given you all the power and authority to investigate corruption allegations that are committed by the weakest and the strongest citizens in this country.
Nothing in your conduct should suggest to the country that Hon Kabimba is above the law or he is a sacred cow that is too holy to be made accountable for his actions.
If that was to happen it will put into motion events that will threaten the rule of law as we know it in Zambia.
It will be tragic, if the ACC is perceived to be investigating petty corruption and frightened to tackle grand corruption that involves Government Minster like Hon Kabimba.
To ensure that you do your job effectively, the ACC Act Cap 91 of the laws of Zambia gives you the security of tenure and insulates your office from the interference and intimidation that may come from the powerful in society.
We therefore see no reason, why you should not do your duties as enshrined in the ACC Act.
We demand that you give us an update, as soon as possible, on how far you have gone in your investigations concerning the grand corruption allegations leveled at Hon Wynter Kabimba and Hon Mwamba.
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along,’ Eleanor Roosevelt.