Chief Government Spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni has rubbished assertions that government influenced the Anti-Corruption Commission’s decision to clear Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba and his Defence counterpart Geoffrey Mwamba of corruption allegations leveled against them.
Mr. Sakeni who is also Information and Broadcasting Services Minister has told Qfm in an interview that the assertion by some opposition political parties that government may have prevailed over the ACC to clear Mr. Kabimba and Mr. Mwamba of corruption allegations are baseless as the ACC operates independently.
Mr. Sakeni has since challenged the opposition political parties in the country to inquire from the ACC as to whether government had influenced its decision to clear the two Ministers of the corruption allegations leveled against them last year.
The ACC was investigating Mr. Kabimba on corruption allegations related to oil deals while Mr. Mwamba was being investigated on corruption allegations related to contracts to supply electricity poles to Zesco.
The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has reportedly cleared Mr. Kabimba and Mr. Mwamba of corruption allegations.
This is in a case in which Mr. Kabimba was accused of corruption over oil contract deals while Mr. Mwamba was alleged to have corruptly solicited for a contract to supply and deliver ZESCO poles.
Meanwhile, opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) president, Nervers Mumba has described as a sad development reports that the Anti-Corruption Commission-ACC-has cleared Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba and Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba of the corruption allegations they were facing.
Dr. Mumba has noted that it was a well known fact that allegations of corruption against the two Cabinet Ministers were not going anywhere as the pursuant of the case by the ACC lacked seriousness.
He said that such a sad development is also clear evidence that the Patriotic Front government’s campaign against corruption is only targeted on political opponents.