Long-time serving Executive Director of the anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International Zambia Goodwell Lungu has finally decided to leave his post he has held for 12 years.
In a letter to partners and citizens, Mr Lungu said he will be retiring at the end of his contract which comes to an end on 31st December 2016.
“I wish to express my gratitude to the current Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) Board whom I provided 5 months’ notice on 5th of August 2016 for accepting my personal decision to retire from the position of Executive Director for TIZ which position I have held for 12 years from 2004,” he said.
“My gratitude goes to all TIZ members in particular the late Professor Alfred Chanda the first Chapter President, Mr. Rueben Lifuka, the second Chapter President and Mr. Lee Habasonda the current outgoing Chapter President for the tremendous support they accorded my office. I further wish to extend my sincere thanks to all my members of staff, civil society organisations, partners, friends and family members for the unwavering support they rendered to me during my tenure as I was performing the tough job of TIZ Executive Director.”
He added, “I will be failing in my duties not to thank the gallant Zambian media for their dedicated good coverage on the anti-corruption crusade that I contributed to whilst serving as TIZ Executive Director.”
He said, “My retiring from TIZ is under my strong belief that as a Governance institution, TIZ needs change of guard at strategic intervals to bring in fresh leadership to take the fight against corruption to greater heights. I want to also thank all our cooperating partners and citizens and residents of Zambia for the excellent support they offered towards my leadership. I will continue to be a committed anti-corruption fighter in Zambia. I will be leaving TIZ as a very proud Executive Director for the contribution I have made to the fight against corruption in Zambia. I wish TIZ and the fight against corruption in Zambia every success.