President Edgar Lungu has this afternoon left for a private visit to Kenya at the invitation of his counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta. According to his Special Assistant for Press and Private relations Amos Chanda, the president is expected to be back over the weekend.
Meanwhile, Mr Amos Chanda told journalists at the Airport that the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) has not submitted its report to the office of the President and that the President only heard of the report on Social media. Mr Chanda said that the 2017 Trends Report was instead rendered to civil society and member of the general public.
“No such reports have been given to him by the Auditor General’s office, Zambia Revenue Authority, or any law enforcement agencies,” Chanda said. “…the FIC Report was not even given to the supervising ministry, Ministry of Finance.”
Mr Chanda said that President Lungu said that he regrets that particular details of the FIC findings are with civil society and that heads of civil society boasted at a public forum held at Kapingila House in Lusaka on Wednesday, that the would embark on a “name and shame” campaign as details of the investigations of the financial crimes were given to them.
Mr Chanda further said that the president was not aware that public money was lost due to tax evasion, fraud, theft and corruption as no such reports have been given to him by the Auditors General’s office, Zambia Revenue Authority, or any law enforcement agencies., and that the FIC Report was not even given to the supervising ministry, the Ministry of Finance.
Mr Chanda further said that it was unfair for civil society to place a burden on the president to act on a report that he has never seen or been submitted to him.
Mr Chanda said that, if the report was meant to be given to law enforcement agencies and competent authorities for action, it could have been given, but added that maybe the sole purpose of rendering the Report to the public, was to cause embarrassment to government, whose purpose has since been achieved.
The Financial Intelligence Act of 2010 (as amended in 2016), directs the FIC Director to submit the report to law enforcement agencies and competent authorities such the Zambia Revenue Authority, Minister of Finance and the Head of State.
The 2017 Trends Report, was launched at Radison Blue by Attorney General Likando Kalaluka as Chairperson of the Anti-Money laundering Authority and FIC Director, Mary Chirwa-Tshuma.