President Edgar Lungu has said that his Ministers and Permanent Secretaries have been paralyzed in their duties for fear of being called corrupt.
The President said that the Ministers and Permanent Secretaries are failing to make sound decisions for fear of being called corrupt.
President Lungu said that while there has been too much noise on the procurement of 42 fire tender, the people making allegations of corruption are failing to give the Anti Corruption Commission evidence to enable them investigate the matter thoroughly.
The head of state said that was why the country has institutions such as the ACC to investigate such claims, but that without evidence it is difficult for them to investigate.
President Lungu maintained that he will not drop anyone more especially regarding the procurement of the 42 fire engines unless the whistle blowers prove their corruption allegation accompanied with evidence.
And President Lungu has disclosed that the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) had reported to him that one of his ministers was corrupt and had given them the go ahead to investigate the minister, but that to date he has not received feedback from the commission.
The Head of State said this at State House when he sworn-in Anthony Mukwita as Ambassador to Germany, Alfridah Kansembe as Ambassador to Brazil, Dr. Ngosa Simbyakula as Zambia’s Ambassador to United States of America (USA) and Retired Major General Toplyn Lubaya as Zambia’s Ambassador to Egypt.
Others sworn-in are Dr. Simon Miti as Principal Private Secretary at State House, immediate-past DMMU National Coordinator Patrick Kangwa as Deputy Secretary to Cabinet for Administration, Mabvuto Sakala as Higher Education Permanent Secretary and Yande Mwape as Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) National Coordinator.
Meanwhile, Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has said that he could not expose the alleged corruption in the PF Government because he was still under oath.
Addressing a media briefing, Mr Kambwili said that he had seen a lot of alleged corruption in government, but could not expose it because he was under oath.
Dr Kambwili claimed that he has a lot of evidence of the corruption he has been talking about.
Asked why he did not resign on moral grounds after seeing that there was corruption taking place in government, Mr. Kambwili said that it would not have been right for him to resign when he was still fighting corruption internally.
Mr Kambwili added that that the people who were supposed to resign are those allegedly engaging in corruption and not him.
Mr Kambwili has since vowed to continue exposing alleged corrupt activities that have been happening from the time he was in government.