The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has justified the move to clear Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba and his Justice counterpart, Wynter Kabimba of corruption allegations due to insufficient evidence.
Speaking during a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday, ACC public relations manager, Timothy Moono confirmed that the two ministers had been cleared of corruption allegations because of lack of evidence.
Mr Moono said the two ministers’ cases were thoroughly investigated but were unsubstantiated.
“The ACC investigated the corruption allegations against Mr Mwamba and Mr Kabimba but we found no evidence of corruption against them and this is why they were cleared,” Mr Moono said.
And Mr Moono said that 470 reports of suspected cases of corruption were received in the first quarter of this year.
Out of the 470 cases, 306 did not have elements of corruption and as such advice was given to all that provided the information on how best these cases could be pursued.
He said 164 reports contained corrupt elements of which 108 were placed under investigations.
He said as at March 31, this year, the ACC was probing a total of 759 cases countrywide.
Meanwhile the ACC has formed three integrity committees (ICs) as provided for under the national anti-corruption policy in three institutions bringing the total number of established ICs countrywide to 32.
“The successful corruption prevention interventions by ICs in some institutions where they have been established has provided an impetus for continuing to roll out this initiative as the ICs continue to develop and implement corruption prevention measures in their institutions,” said Mr Moono.
The ACC had continued to conduct corruption vulnerability assessment in the last quarter covering six public institutions in the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development, Judiciary, Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA),Workers Compensation Fund Control Board, Livingstone City Council and the Department of National Registration, Passport and Citizenship.
He encouraged chief executive officers in various institutions to seriously take the government’s integrity programme as a means to significantly reduce corruption in public institutions.