A civil society organisation wants government to consider instituting bureaucratic reforms in public institutions in order to effectively fight corruption.
Forum for Leadership Search Executive Director, Edwin Lifwekelo, said his organisation has observed that most corrupt practices perpetuated in publicn institutions are due to the cumbersome bureaucracy in the system.
Mr Lifwekelo told ZANIS in a statement that reforms are necessary to curb corruption
that involves people paying low level bribes to junior civil servants in exchange
for quicker service.
“We have observed that most coruption in Zambia is as a result of inefficient administration by a cumbersome bureaucracy that leads people to pay low level bribes
to junior civil servants to get land tirtles, passports, national registration cards and other official documents like drivers licences,” He said
Mr Lifwekelo is, however, confident that the passage of effective freedom of information legislation and its implementation would help boost accountability and subsequently help stop corruption.
Meanwhile, the Forum is happy with the spirit of dialogue exhibited by political leaders who attended yesterday’s inter-party talks.
Mr. Lifwekelo said dialogue should be embraced by every peace loving Zambian because
it is necessary to national development efforts.