Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Mr. Amos Chanda has said that Republican President Edgar Lungu is actively fighting corruption and has institutionalized the corruption fight.
Speaking when featured on Diamond TV live phone in programme to answer pertinent issues of the nation with regard to the presidency last night Mr. Chanda said President Lungu was actively fighting corruption but the only problem was that people want a blood letting and added that and this idea must seriously go.
Mr Chanda said that When there is an investigation going on, one can not fire somebody unless there was credible evidence as was the case in the Ministry of Infrastructure, where officers were fired. Mr Chanda said that story at Ministry of Infrastructure has been quiet because no politician was involved but one can see that action was taken.
Mr Chanda also noted that a minister was equally fired, in an apparent reference to Chishimba Kambwili, when too much evidence was pointing at him with regard to corruption.
Mr. Chanda further pointed out pointed out that President Lungu has institutionalized the fight against corruption. Mr Chanda said that President Lungu has upgraded offices tasked with fighting corruption and that the has upgraded audit offices. Mr Chanda said President Lungu is committed to institutionalizing corruption and giving the investigative agencies the space they need.
“If you look at the audit report it’s half the size… this is an institutional reaction,” Mr Chanda said.
“Let me make it clear President Lungu has made it very clear to us that we are not going to be bullied to go on an ant hill, shout at someone, send police and direct the arrest of someone as long as you have an allegation and you are in an elevated position… that he will not do.
Mr pointed to the the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), A sole statutory agency dedicated to providing timely, high quality, impartial and actionable financial intelligence to law enforcement agencies and foreign designated authorities in order to eliminate financial crimes in Zambia.
Mr Chanda said that some Patriotic Front (PF) members wanted were critical of the FIC and wanted it abolished, but President Lungu met FIC and assured them of their autonomy.