President Edgar Lungu has taken a swipe at people that are calling him a corrupt President.
President Lungu said it is unfair for people to refer to him as corrupt even when it has been proved that it is some officers from ministries that have been found guilty.
The President said the fight against corruption calls for a multi-sectoral approach and not be left to government alone because everyone is affected by its adverse effects.
President Lungu said this in Lusaka yesterday during the ministers and controlling officers’ workshop on prudent financial management practices under the theme “promoting ethical conduct, integrity and accountability in the public sector to enhance public service delivery”.
The Head of State pointed out that prudent use of public resources in line ministries is essential as it ensures that funds are shared equally.
President Lungu stated that prudent use of resources also helps in sustaining national development in the country and drives the nation forward.
He has since directed the Minister of Finance to migrate all government Ministries to Integrated Financial Management Information System(IFMIS)saying there should be no resistance to the directive.
President Lungu called for hard work and fearless commitment by the Auditor General’s office in its execution of duty.
Speaking earlier, Minister of Finance, Felix Mutati said the launch of the workshop demonstrates a clear testimony of government’s commitment to fighting corruption.
Mr. Mutati said his ministry is committed to ensuring the prudent use of financial resources is upheld at all stages of release of funds.
He said the ministry will continue to monitor the funds being spent appropriately by all spending agencies to avoid misuse.