Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) has said that those being arrested for alleged corruption should not seek public sympathy by claiming that charges against them are politically motivated.
TIZ Executive Director Goodwell Lungu has since commended law Enforcement agencies for the recent arrests of former government officials and their accomplices suspected of corruption.
MMD president Nevers Mumba and former Information Minister Ronnie Shikapwasha have been both charged with abuse of authority of office during the time they served as High commissioner to Canada and Minister respectively.
Mr. Lungu said that it has always been TIZ’s desire that there should be no sacred cows in the fight against corruption including those serving in government, especially when it involves the abuse of public funds.
He also reminded government officials serving in the PF Government to draw lessons from what is happening to former leaders in the MMD Government.
He has further dismissed assertions by some of those being pursued by law enforcement agencies that their arrests are politically motivated.
Mr. Lungu tells QFM News that such statements are only meant to win public sympathy and divert public attention.
He has since advised citizens that calls for sympathy have their potential to dilute the fight against corruption and create escape routes for the current government officials who may conduct themselves in a similar manner if wrong precedents are set of deliberately ignoring past alleged criminal activities on account of one leaving office.
Mr. Lungu has since reiterated his organizations call on the PF government on the need to be firm and fair in dealing with all the alleged culprits within the confines of the law.