The Anti Corruption Commission has called on the public to ensure that it safeguards public resources and guard against its abuse by selfish individuals.
Speaking at the launch of the Action for Transparency a project meant to protect national resources from being abused, ACC Deputy Director General Irene Lamba called on members of the public to ensure that they participate in the fight against corruption as it is detrimental to the country.
She said people should avoid corruption at all cost and ensure that they make it their duty to report any suspected activities in public institutions as it is a negative development to the country.
Ms. Lamba further called for collaborated efforts from all stakeholders in the fight against corruption.
And Deputy Auditor General Ron Mwambwa said his office is pleased with the initiative as it will make it easy for members of the public to help relevant authorities in ensuring that funds are accounted for and used for the intended purposes.
He said that the Auditor General’s office has noted with sadness the past records were public funds have been abused and those responsible have not been brought to account for their actions.
Transparency International Zambia(TIZ) Exective Director Goodwell Lungu called for the implementation of the project countrywide as it will help members of the public ensure that funds are spent on intended purpose in all parts of the country.
The pioneer project is only being implemented in Lusaka and it is hoped that it will be rolled out to other provinces in the next few months.
The project encourages members to truck the usage of funds allocated to health institutions and educational institutions using smart phones after downloading a program specifically developed for the purpose of monitoring transparency in public institutions.
And Director of programme development at FOJO Media Institute, the sponsors of the project, Lars Tallert said the fight against corruption was a fight for everyone regardless of their status in life.
He called on members of the public to declare interest in the fight against corruption and ensure that funds allocated to projects are used for the intended purposes saying; “no funds are budgeted for to be stolen not matter how little.”