President Lungu canes law enforcement agencies being slow in prosecuting suspects

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President Edgar Lungu at Mulungushi International Conference for the Official opening of Ministers and Controlling officers Workshop on Prudent Financial Management Practices  Theme: Promoting ethical conduct, Integrity and accountability in the public sector to enhance service delivery.
President Edgar Lungu at Mulungushi International Conference for the Official opening of Ministers and Controlling officers Workshop on Prudent Financial Management Practices
Theme: Promoting ethical conduct, Integrity and accountability in the public sector to enhance service delivery.
President Edgar Lungu has taken a swipe at law enforcement agencies for their slow pace in investigating and prosecuting individuals cited in the Auditor General’s report.

The Head of State is also hoping that the courts of law will expedite the process of hearing cases relating to misuse of public funds to deter would be offenders.

Speaking in Lusaka during the Ministers and Controlling Officers Workshop on Prudent Financial Management Practices organized by Ministry of Finance, President Lungu says he is concerned that the law enforcement agencies are slow in following up cases relating to misuse of public funds.

He says law enforcement agencies should not wait for him before acting saying it is not his duty to bring to book those abusing public funds.

President Lungu is also hoping that parliament will enact the Public Finance Management Bill into law in the coming sitting which will result in prudent financial management by controlling officers.

He has warned those entrusted with management of public funds that no one will find refuge in him when found wanting, saying he wants to work with honest and accountable people.

President Lungu has since assured the office of the Auditor General of his administration’s support as they try to promote prudent financial management in public offices.

Speaking at the same workshop, Finance Minister Felix Mutati says there is need to change the way public resources are utilized by way of eliminating negative vices that hinder national development.

And Acting Auditor General Ron Mwambwa says over the years, misappropriation, misapplication and misuse of public funds has continued in public offices and hopes that these can reduce going forward

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35 COMMENTS

  1. The law enforcers haven’t and won’t prosecute because you, the head of state, is deeply involved in scamming the nation, thieving that has seen your financial position accelerating from zero to US23m+ in less than no time and for which you have no explanation.

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    • Let them be independent and not be intimidated by cadres occupying government positions. Once that is done, allow Kaizer to be investigated first, prosecuted and trialed. Zambia will start being normal again.

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    • Lungu you are one of the culprits so you want them to come and arrest you. 80% of your cabinet Ministers need to be prosecuted plus yourself iwe kawalala

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    • Ati “it is not my duty to bring to book those abusing public funds.” !!! But he thinks he is “President”?

      So what is the job of “President”? Being Vasco de Lungu and travelling to every inauguration that he can?

      Being the Thief in Chief and putting Twenty Three million Dollars into his own bank account?

      We are still waiting for the 500,000 jobs he promised. It seems this Koswe mumopoto is too busy enjoying his Jamesoni to start doing anything about that!

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    • Slowness is not just with law enforcement agencies, slowness is just another “cholera” among the Zambians. The reason being that to every move, any decision taken, one has to account for two things:
      1) what benefit am I going to get? Muchekeleko type of thinking. Some people do not think about the impact of the decisions they are supposed to make, but rather the first thing that comes to mind is how do I benefit. Symptoms of corruption
      2) effect of remote control. One can not make a decision, but instead, wait to be told what to do next. All this influenced by political cadres, politicians, tribal basis, and corruption.
      If not addressed, you can continue to have those workshops even in 10years to come

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    • The solution to the problem should not be to attack symptoms but sources. Does it make sense to purchase 1000 luxury SUVs for top govt big wigs so that after 5 years these non performers who don’t even support the same govt that is giving them these privileges will then buy these vehicles valued in the hundreds of thousands of kwacha at a fraction of the original cost? Change the system that promotes such madness then we will start to see proper accountabilty and better use of very scarce resources. We are a third world country a poor nation whose masses are facing so many challenges, we even had an outbreak of Cholera for goodness sake! Otherwise come 2021 even me a former die hard PF supporter will be happy to see another leader that Godwilling will bring an end to such pointless vices…

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    • Lungu talking out of his other end. Clearly doesn’t know about separation of powers, power which he store. The guy has the judiciary’s hands tied because he’s a culprit in the Auditor’s report and the law enforcement agencies don’t know what to do to imprison the fo0l straight away. Lungu shut it!

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  2. “He has warned those entrusted with management of public funds that no one will find refuge in him when found wanting” – President Lungu

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  3. Let them be independent and not be intimidated by cadres occupying government positions. Once that is done, allow Kaizer to be investigated first, prosecuted and trialed. Zambia will start being normal again.

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  4. There is no need to investigate anyone. Our law enforcement agencies are doing a great job. Corruption in the present government is almost non existence except in the mind of a named opposition party . The variances in the auditors generals report are fictitious and the Auditor general will one day be made to account how cooked up figures found themselves in the report. Ministers that have left government like HK are delusional. They need to be taken to Chainama for psychiatric assessment. The president needs to be commended for stopping the spread of cholera by removing cholera producing vendors from CBD. Many presidents failed to do this.

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  5. Mr President i think you are missing the point. the point is not so much about slow in following up the cases BUT FEAR of being victimized/reprisals. This is why it is easy to go after a fellow who has fallen out of favour with the powers that be….they have all the data on everybody …. even you sir, but they are scared to follow up. we have examples of officers who wanted to do their job….where are they today? FIRED. Mind you its very easy to find or implicate these officers if someone wants to or label them opposition sympathetic. I for one truly think what Mumbi Phiri said is true…the only president who fought corruption is late LPM. the rest, well the rest kuwayawayafye. these same civil servants are used by politicians. Corruption in Zambia is now systemic not individuals.

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  6. dr chaos t thumbs up in zambia the opposition has nothing say us the result the only slongan is corruption which has no evidence at all ,thinking we zambians are dull like them ,lungu has been the best so far ,we pipo can insult say all they feel like him busy working this only make opposition sick

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  7. All this illegitimate president does is ‘warn, condemn, warn’ with no action. If they are incompetent or corrupt why can’t you fire them or suspend them to pave way for independent investigations? Lip services ain’t gon’ do it. And as others have pointed out, you are corrupt #1 so how are they going to arrest and prosecute you?

    Tell me anyone, just one person who has been arrested and prosecuted while serving in your government. For some reason they become very corrupt and law breakers after they leave your government… go figure!

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  8. The law works on facts not innuendoes like politricians. The president should not expect the law to go against anyone in the absence of any evidence.

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  9. Ha ha ha let him first cane his ministers ,Kaizer and himself.lol what a joke of the day by the president.
    Have ever heard police arrest a minister or ruling party cadre?They always arrest people who oppose them.Please practise what you preach ba president.

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  10. d r congo is a failed state. leaders are to blame .as leaders looted the resource they thought they will be more secure. Today the most insecure place is D R Congo. what a nation. wasted years……….
    Zambians can do better… Leaders must change….ECL is and will on non taxable salary when he leaves office and yet a simple businessman pays heavy taxes.Civil servants pay taxes. Let the country come first and us later . Let us sacrifice all of us including the president. The president has everything he need but not a common man…… Let our leaders sacrifice too.

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  11. if we need to develop like Singapore, remove the cadres around the president … shun cheap thinking and heroworshipping leaders

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  12. Racial….. racial ….racial discrimination… I say racial ……
    ..just because of the system,,,, we are held as the victims … in the society where there is no partiality. no no no ….. racial. racial discrimination..

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  13. Yes sir Mr President thats a good move. It totally indicate yo commitment both to the people of Zambia and to public funds. This will make others unhappy but sir we are behind you

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  14. That’s the way forward our beloved president. Please help set precedent which our next and future president HH will follow. No one can and will never eradicate corruption .All we need is to reduce it and have public confidence .

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