Government yesterday took to Parliament the Anti-Corruption Bill which is aimed at effecting amendments to the Abuse of Office clause.
Justice Minister, Sebastian Zulu, presented the Bill to Parliament for amendment.
The MMD government repealed the Anti-Corruption Act and removed the Abuse of Office clause, saying it was discriminatory against leaders and Government officials who engaged in personal businesses.
Mr Zulu is expected to present the Bill for second reading on March 23, this year.
The minister explained that the Bill would continue to provide for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to have powers and functions for the prevention, detection, investigation and punishment of corrupt practices and related offences based on the rule of law.
Mr Zulu said the Bill would provide for the protection of witnesses, experts, victims and persons assisting the commission.
It would also provide for nullification of corrupt transactions, and payment of compensation for damages arising from corrupt activities.
The Bill repeals and replaces the Anti-Corruption Act 2010 and provides for matters connected with or incidental to the foregoing.
[Times of Zambia]