THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and Taskforce on Corruption have jointly opened a docket to investigate suspected corruption in the award of a contract to a French company engaged by Zesco.
The docket is in connection with a media report that the company contracted to rehabilitate Kafue Gorge and Kariba North Bank power plants bribed some Zambian officials to be awarded the job.
Taskforce on Corruption spokesperson, Victor Makai, confirmed in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the ACC and the Taskforce heads had been discussing the matter resulting in the opening of the docket.
Mr Makai said the two institutions would make their position known this week on how they would proceed in terms of investigations, stating whether the two would jointly pursue the matter.
The opening of the docket followed Energy and Water Development Permanent Secretary, Peter Mumba ‘s letter urging the two law enforcement agencies to investigate the matter after the media report.
The media report says that Swiss prosecutors were investigating the company in connection with corruption and money laundering activities.
The report said the prosecutors stated that there was evidence that some money was paid, as bribes, to foreign officials, including for projects in Italy, Zambia and Mexico.
Times of Zambia