President Levy Mwanawasa has said Zambians who do not look after public resources properly did not deserve to be entrusted with carrying out public jobs.
Speaking to journalists at the Lusaka International Airport today shortly on arrival from Madagascar, President Mwanawasa said it was sad that people that were suppose to take care of Zambia’s public resources and use them diligently were engaging into corrupt and crooked activities.
He said the report, which was submitted to him by the Auditor General on Tomorrow Investments was very bad, adding that he has since instructed his Legal Assistant Darlington Mwape to deal with the case carefully.
“If that is how some of our nationals are going to look after our national resources, then they do not deserve to be given public jobs,” he said.
He was answering a question from journalists on his comments about the Auditor General’s report on Tomorrow Investments that was submitted to him recently.
“But I have asked my Assistant for Legal affairs to separate the case and identify the counts. It is not only Tomorrow Investments but various other contractors. These will be handed over to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC),” he said.
Dr. Mwanawasa hoped that the case would commence soon in court.
He said it was sad that lack of integrity could be exhibited by officers who should help government to look after national resources prudently.
And Dr. Mwanawasa has asked mining companies criticizing government for increasing the tax regimes on mines to dialogue with government instead of complaining publicly.
He said it was only fair that government should raise tax on mines so that Zambians could benefit from their resources.
The President noted that despite the increase in the mine tax regime, Zambia still had the lowest in the world.
President Mwanawasa also cautioned Zambians against being used by investors to oppose the new tax regime on mines.