Investigative Wings Portraying a Picture that Government Condones Corruption-Mulenga Kampamba

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Information and Broadcasting Minister Kampamba Mulenga
Information and Broadcasting Minister Kampamba Mulenga

Chief government spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga has said accused investigative wings of portraying a picture that Government was condoning corruption among civil servants because of their inertia to deal with corruption cases.

Ms Mulenga has since called on the investigative wings to be aggressive and ensure that all corrupt civil servants were brought to book.

Ms Mulenga, who is Information and Broadcasting minister reiterated that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) should speed up investigations into corrupt activities involving civil servants so that government was not accused of being reluctant to deal with it.

Ms Mulenga warned that corrupt civil servants will not be spared because government will not allow the name of the President to be brought into disrepute.

She warned that corrupt civil servants will face stern action to serve as an example to others.

Ms Mulenga said that it was unfair that the Head of State should be the one to get the blame because of corrupt elements in government.

“We are aware that the corruption is taking place at the grassroots, it’s the junior officers taking advantage because much of the blame goes to controlling officers and ministers. But I want to warn corrupt civil servants that they should expect stern action from government.

Ms Mulenga explained that it was because of mass corruption among civil servants that the President had directed for a mass shake-up in the system.

Meanwhile, Finnish Ambassador to Zambia Timo Olkkonen has observed there is a lot of talk on the fight against corruption in Zambia which is not accompanied by action.

Mr Olkkonen said that there is lack of action against those cited in the Auditor General’s report for misappropriation of public funds.

Mr Olkkonen told Q-news that government should consider giving the Anti-Corruption Commission more powers and allow it to work independently.

Mr. Olkkonen also questioned the public procurement process in Zambia, saying it is not fair and transparent.

Mr Olkkonen said that some European companies have been complaining that the procurement system is not transparent especially with regards to single sourcing practices which may lead to corrupt practices.

Mr. Olkkonen has also called for the protection of corruption whistle blowers.

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51 COMMENTS

  1. Lungu and 80% of his cabinet are corrupt thieves……and the other corrupt cartel headed by lungu is the one at state house ……all waiting for tenders.

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    • Is it not a well known fact that the so-called “investigative wings” await orders from lungu to undertake any criminal investigation? This blatant hypocrisy is an insult to Zambian’s intelligence.

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    • @ 1.3 Facts,

      Why would you want someone who has been rejected 6 times to become your president?

      How does someone claim that people want him to lead his party for more than 12 years without holding intra-party elections.

      When you are a leader, is it not in your power to say whether you love me or not we need to hold elections as democracy demands?

      I thought love for a leader is shown by casting a vote for him through the ballot; why avoid the ballot if you are loved by your party members?

      Should you remove democracy to show that you all love your leader or should not go for the vote to proudly show everyone that you truly want him?

      If you love him, why is he afraid of the ballot in his party? Why go to the extent of displaying anger when people want democracy at party…

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    • Not so fast, Madam Chief Government Spokesperson. The Head of Government, himself, Edgar Changwa Lungu, is corrupt. You know that, don’t you? Do you want him investigated too? Leaders are supposed to lead by example. Our Edgar Lungu is not doing so. Is he above the law?

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    • Iwe mwanakashi, it’s not civil servants that are corrupt, but politicians like you, including your party president who also, unfortunately, happens to be president of our beloved Zambia. Direct the ACC to investigate you all first before pouncing on defenceless civil servants; please!

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    • Ask Kaizer Zulu and Judge Chulu.They will tell you how they made Lungu win the elections.
      By the admission of Lungu that even ff voted out they will not go anywhere says a lot
      HH can even stand 20 times.That is his democratic right.
      Why are you scared of HH?Now that you know that Kambwili will divide the pf votes,nomba ati HH must not be allowed to stand?

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    • @ 1.5 flag Silent Observer,

      While I agree that sone politicians are corrupt both in government and opposition, it will be too political for anyone to suggest that civil servants are not corrupt.

      Take just the police, for example, don’t tell me that you have no clue that the guys are corrupt.

      In fact, it would be very difficult for politicians in government to be corrupt if the civil service was not corrupt.

      Actions of politicians find fertile ground in the civil service for them to work.

      No politician carries out processes; it is the civil service that forms the system. If the systems were water tight no politician would play the game minus being blocked.

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    • Because we think everything must be started and stopped by politicians, we have no drive to strengthen systems.

      We believe the president must sweep the streets, or houses and yards etc. We think the president must evaluate tenders, award tenders and make payments.

      As a result we have strengthened the office of presidency so much that we have tendered our systems, which should be managed by the civil service, useless.

      That is why some people are busy warming up an opposition politician whom they believe could come as their saviour, while they have no drive to strengthen the systems.

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    • OBVIOUSLY IT HASN’T BEEN CLEAR TO YOU THAT THE SAME INVESTIGATIVE WINGS (IW) COULD IN EFFECT BE CORRUPT. IN ANY CASE, WHO ARE THE MONITORS OF THE MONITORS?
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      The ACC should be doing it’s job for Government on behalf of Zambians. Government should not be alarmed at the fact that the IW are dragging their feet in doing their job. It is my honest and sincere view that if the ACC fails, it is government fails. The ACC should sit up when government speaks and government must adequately fund the ACC otherwise we are in trouble. Why? Because every jim and jack would bribe the ACC. Set up a tribunal or taskforce to investigate the ops at the ACC. Why are you crying. This social organ is dear to my heart. All-in-all, I don’t trust CK.

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    • Government condones corruption. There are plenty people who are accused but are never prosecuted until they leave the ruling party or the cabinet.

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    • Kampamba Mulenga can say whatever you want……its all bla..bla…bla…
      The Finnish Ambassador does get it. This lady doesn’t get it. This government doesn’t get it.

      To solve this problem, Mr. Olkkonen summarized well, and this is what we keep on saying:”…. the government should consider giving the Anti-Corruption Commission more powers and allow it to work independently.”

      The keyword here is “independently”. Without that, the rest of the talk is like gas coming out of your backs.

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  2. Since you are aware that the corruption is taking place at the grassroots, do not issue warnings to alleged corrupt civil servants that they should expect stern action from government. You must act, and act now! And as the Finnish ambassador says, allow the ACC to act independently. Capwa!

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    • There is no way ACC can arrest Kaizer, if he could beat a female police officer at stadium, what happened to him???? Nothing.
      Investigate if he paid to drop charges. That’s corruption of mind.

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    • Just implement the death penalty for corruption like in China. It will stop immediately.
      When government politicians are found out they should be shot by firing squad.

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  3. GRZ has not explained why the Lebanese of lamise were given a partnership with RATSA and the Austrians over Zambian bussiness leaders……

    Can the usual contributers to LT write a piece investigating this anomality because it would have made more sense tasking UNZA , zambian engineers and Zambian bussiness leaders like Lawrence skutwa of madsion insurance or any other sucsesfull Zambian company to partner with RATSA and the Austrian firm….

    Instead we have Zambians being disenfranchised and bypassed with major projects going to foreigners ……how is Zambia to develop with such decisions ??

    What technology do the Lebanese of lamise bring or bussiness skills that Zambian companies do not have ???

    And pleas don’t lie about lamise being headed by nutralised Zambians because…

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    • Imagine even the partnership does not make sense ….why not partner with the respective councils and Police let the council collect revenue. Seimens and Nokia are powerhouses in this field but they chose crooks!!

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  4. Why investigate on grassroot level only? Action is needed in the higher levels too, where corruption is neatly concealed and tucked away.

    Don’t just chase the chickens and leave the hawk at prey!

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    • Why dont you call a spade a spade? Why do you always want to sit on the fence …its so annoying…which hawk do you mean, which higher levels? State House

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    • Please dont foool yourself…if its comes corruption and crime you have to specific or simply keep quiet unless there is someone you are trying to conceal!!

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    • No no no @Chale you better change. Art of writing… Why not here to read fiction, we are real.
      Like @Jay Jay, this why mutumpika abantu. State House is it… Kaiser is dirty Kaizer.
      Go to Luapula, as for Nostra they will be like, is he back from states???

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    • @Nine chale No! that is but the art of songwriting or poetry. Here just tell us whom you are talking about

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    • Only lowly ranked Civil Servants will be arrested …they can not touch a PS because they pull the strings!!

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    • What traceable projects have the Lebanese of lamise ever participate in concerning traffic management ???

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  5. Civil Servants will always be sacrificial lambs…I have seen honest friends and uncles being appointed as Deputy PS or PS only to resign as they were being pressurized by the selfsame ministers to sign off things off the books.
    This girl Sharon has reinforced that this govt has no stomach to fire corruption ….imagine the President of Tanzania saying this, if you take the lead the civil servants will follow…fish starts rotting from the head.

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  6. There will always be someone else to blame for government misconduct. It is a dysfunctional government.

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  7. It is the lack of action on reports that is portraying the govermnent as condoning corruption, if not complicit, madam. It may be so that the grassroots are also corrupt, but how about starting with the Auditor General’s report which is already on your desk?

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    • Even her campaign for the MP seat is marred with rigging and corruption …surely she is worthy to give any advice or guidance!!

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    • Agreed. When people show incompetence on the job (like Police chief inducting Chinese into police force), specific people misappropriating government funds (Auditor’s Report) and there is no action because the people keep their jobs = no action indirectly arises to complicity. When you let people steal for you they will definitely steal from you. Unless you fire them.You don’t have to fire all but give an example to get everybody back in line. Otherwise they will stay corrupt behind your back and keep representing you to the masses.

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  8. FIRST OF ALL ACC SHOULD INVESTIGATE HOW YOU GOT YOUR SEAT IN THE ELECTIONS IWE KAMPAMBA? SECONDLY THE PRESIDENT SHOULD BACK OFF PROTECTING SOME OF THOSE THUGS AT STATEHOUSE. ALSO KNOW THAT THE FISH ROTS FROM THE HEAD FIRST AND IF AND I REPEAT CIVIL SERVANTS ARE CORRUPT THEN KNOW THAT THEY ARE LEARNING FROM THE MASTERS, THE TOP GUYS.

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  9. Check the names of the culprit civil servants and you will find them as members of a prominent opposition party and its leader who preaches “against” corruption, yes I mean the guy who was talking loudest about the alleged “sale” of NRDC, the same boy whose running mate was the alpha and omega of corruption where he came from.
    Arrest them please, Mukobeko has been cleaned up to receive the corrupt followers.

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  10. IT HAS TO TAKE A WHITE MAN TO TELL BLACK PEOPLE THAT SO MUCH TALK NO ACTION, IT HAS TO TAKE A WHITE MAN TO TELL BLACK PIPO THAT ACC HAS NO POWERS HAHAHA…THUS WHY I SAID THE COJOINTED TWINS WHERE OPERATED ON SUCCESFULLY BY TWO WHITE INTERN DOCTORS WHILST THE SO CALLED BLACK DOCTORS WHERE DAKA MEN AND WOMEN. A BLACK DOCTOR TO DO SUCH AN OPERATION OH MY FOOT, ITS ONLY A WHITE DOCTOR WHO IS DEDICATED AND CONFIDENT

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    • I may agree with you. Its not persecutions but FACT. Why is it that blacks tend or pretend not to see that in front of their eyes???
      Why are we like this, god forbid…That’s why mwalinga ukulapita namapi. Iwe Kampamba iwe.

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  11. AMOS AND KAIZER, CK HAS ALREADY GIVEN YOU THE CLUE. START WITH THESE TWO THEN I WILL TAKE YOU TO BE SERIOUS. ALL THE FORMER MINISTERS MUST ALSO BE INVESTIGATED AND ARRESTED FOR NOT PAYING BACK THE MONEY THEY GOT ILLEGALLY.
    THE PRESIDENT MUST ALSO RESPOND TO ALLEGATION FROM CK WHERE HE IS GETTING THE MONEY FROM TO BUILD ALL OVER LUSAKA. NAMUPWA IMWEE. MULEUMFWAKO NE NSONI.

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  12. The negativity of a satanic party is appalling. What a shame! Every sane Zambian MUST NEVER put UPND in the same sentence with governing.

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  13. Last night I took an animal that resembles a horse to the river to drink water! Even though it was thirsty, it couldn’t drink. Someone then whispered to me, “You can’t force a horse to drink!” You are right!

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    • Victor come Sharon you are still fantasizing and lusting about HH, seems none of those chaps at that Washington embassy want to service you as I asked them to…

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  14. Thank you Mr Ambassador, ECL and his cronies want to hide behind the AG report yet the biggest scum is in the procurement process in which his friends are involved. PF think they are dealing with kids

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  15. Madame, can you please clarify who is appointing authority of investigative wings?
    Are you by any chance suggesting that our Endemically Corrupt Leader is totally useless not just in choosing Cabinet members like you, but also in appointing heads of investigative wings?

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  16. Not so fast, Madam Chief Government Spokesperson. The Head of Government, himself, Edgar Changwa Lungu was justifying corruption at a PF fundraising dinner dance saying “Ubomba mwibala alya mwibala”. Now, whats the difference between “Koswe Mumpoto” and the above saying. PILATO isaunfwe kuno.

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