THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has acknowledged investigating the matter involving Patriotic Front leader Michael Sata for financial misconduct involving K1.2 billion when he served as minister of Local Government and Housing.
Responding to a Press query in Lusaka yesterday, ACC director general Godfrey Kayukwa admitted that when Mr Sata served as Local Government and Housing minister in 1992, he allegedly directed his officers to place the funds into a special 45 days investment account at Standard Chartered Bank contrary to financial regulation number 10 of 1992.
“I wish to confirm that the case of suspected corruption and abuse of office by Mr Sata was thoroughly investigated by the ACC in 1992 and forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for consent to prosecute, which was not given. Therefore, the matter was closed in 1993,” said Lieutenant Colonel Kayukwa.
He said after investigating the matter, the ACC recommended to the DPP that Mr Sata should be prosecuted for abuse of office and for corrupt practices contrary to Statutory Instrument number 210 of 1987 under the Corrupt Practices Act.
The Act requires disclosure by public officers of interest in contracts and proposed contracts.
On Wednesday former PF secretary general Edward Mumbi said he would petition any attempt by Mr Sata to contest the Republican presidency because he had a questionable trait.
According to information obtained by the Times of Zambia a report was even submitted to the President by the ACC on the alleged misconduct.
Upon receipt of the request for prosecution of Mr Sata, the DPP referred the matter to the Attorney General under the provision of Article 56(6) of constitution of Zambia.
No reasons were given by the attorney general for his decision not to prosecute the matter.
[Times of Zambia]