Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) has welcomed President Edgar Lungu’s call for the arrest of those cited for financial irregularities in the latest Auditor General’s report.
TIZ Executive Director Goodwell Lungu says this is exactly what his organisation demanded when it called for the immediate arrests and dismissals of all government officials cited in all forms of irregularities in the 2015 audit report.
He says TIZ therefore expects a minimum of 50 arrests of such culprits by December this year.
Mr Lungu says TIZ agrees with President Lungu’s observation that the Law enforcement agencies have not performed very well in arresting culprits involved in public sector financial scandals.
He says it should not take the Head of State to remind the Law enforcement agencies to do their work.
Mr Lungu says TIZ reiterates its earlier position that Law enforcement agencies need to quickly identify all the culprits and have them arrested.
He has further called on all Controlling officers to identify perpetrators of misuse of public funds to be dismissed or suspended.
Mr Lungu adds that Controlling officers should also not wait for the Head of State to remind them to perform their duties.