President Rupiah Banda has reiterated that he would not condone any acts of corruption in his government but instead support law enforcement agencies’ investigations on corrupt practices in various ministries.
President Banda has since ordered Secretary to the Cabinet, Joshua Kanganja to cooperate with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and other law enforcement agencies that were undertaking investigations on corrupt practices in the civil service.
He said Dr. Kanganja, who is the head of the civil service in Zambia, should work with the ACC and other anti-corruption agencies as they try to get to the root cause of the alleged corruption in some government ministries.
He expressed sadness that allegations of serious corruption involving huge sums of public funds have persisted despite government efforts to fight the vice.
This is according to the press statement released by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations, Dickson Jere and made available in Lusaka today.
“I want a full report on these allegations. We cannot condone such acts of abuse of public funds,” he said.
President Banda said going by the amounts of funds and assets involved, it was clear that most of the alleged corruption cases in government ministries could not have started in the last six months when he was elected as President.
He has further appealed to all government officials to adhere to the principles of zero tolerance to corruption.
The President has also demanded for a thorough forensic investigation in the mentioned government departments in order to get to the root cause of the allegations.
He has meanwhile asked the investigating agencies to carry out their work in accordance to the law, noting that the alleged perpetrators of corruption should be subjected to the due process of the law while their rights to a free and fair trial should be respected at all times.
Last week, the ACC unearthed a scam in which a former Ministry of Health senior official allegedly got K10 billion though corrupt means.
The agency further uncovered another scam in Eastern province in which a road contractor wanted to defraud government of K925 million.