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President Hichilema has an early opportunity to do things differently by removing the ACC and Public Protector from his office

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President Hakainde Hichilema has been asked to perform more action than words in granting the independence to Anti-Corruption Commission, Public Protector and the Anti-Financial and Economic Crimes Commission which have been which have been placed under his office.

Welcoming the non-interference stance in the operations of ACC, DEC and FIC the Center for Constitutionalism and Legal Justice said President Hakainde Hichilema must free these institutions to run independently as required by the Constitution.

Center Director Isaac Mwanza reminded the United Party for National Development that they were elected on the basis that they will strengthen the rule of law and break away from past practices in which institutions which the Constitution requires to be independent are placed under another office.

“Our view is that the UPND administration must avoid the temptation of justifying their actions and decisions that violate the Constitution based on past similar actions by the UNIP, MMD and PF regime,” said Mwanza.

Articles 216(b) and 238(1) of the Constitution as amended in 2016 require that self-accounting Commissions such as the ACC are not only subject to the control of a person or an authority in the performance of its functions but must also be independent.

Mr. Mwanza said President Hichilema has an early opportunity to do things differently by removing the ACC and Public Protector from his office.

“By now the UPND should have learned a lesson from past regimes on the dangers of keeping these institutions under his office,” said Mwanza.

The Center said once key institutions such as ACC, DEC, FIC, and the public protector are robbed of their real independence from the President and other Executive offices, they abuse themselves or become abused towards impressing the President by targeting the corruption crusade against perceived enemies to those in power rather than work professionally.

35 COMMENTS

  1. I think you will find that he will not seat comfortably with his own words. The president of Zambia has too much power and some of these powers need to be separated and strengthened. Some of his good intentions may disappear because of poor delivery from his subordinates. His own party is not listening to him because they are still drunk with the euphoria of winning an elections. This party was never ready to govern, theirs was to cause trouble and it’s that same trouble that will come back to haunt them.

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  2. Haha we told you. How do you move institutions like that to be controlled under the president. A big difference between moving RDA and moving investigative wings to state House. This is a way for hh to ensure that his party officials are covered and not investigated once they start stealing. It seems to me like hh has no idea what he is doing. Let him swallow pride and seek counsel from EC Lungu

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  3. This is very true. RDA was put under office to abuse it. Now this ACC wants to be continued so it continued so it can continue being abused to protect those in power.

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  4. Where was this Isaac Mwanza and his one man organisation when Lazy Lungu was President? He was busy licking his boots why did he not advise him …these morons think we are dull and forgetful.

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  5. Look at the UK based Troll/ Impostor…he is forgetting that this was amended in 2016…really laughable

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  6. It has come to my attention that someone here has been for the last few weeks cloning my account and posting a lot of garbage. I suspect it is that village pig tarino. Lusaka times I urge you to protect us from people using our identities. You have an obligation to protect those that trust you by blogging on your website. Failing which I will seek legal redress.

    KPZ

  7. Be more serious Mwanza. The ACC,DEC and FIC’s independence without any oversight on their performance is the reason these so called autonomous institutions donot perform to the expectations of taxpayers and the parliament who sanctioned their creation. I would prefer that Parliament plays an oversight role on the performance of these institutions. Taxpayers and citizens should not be celebrating independent institutions which dont perform according to their mandate. So there must be a body such as a parliament committee which should have oversight on the performance of ACC, DEC and FIC. When ACC, DEC or FIC is not performing according to their ” independent” mandate, a parliament committee should call them for a hearing to account!!!

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  8. flag Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee)

    “…Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority, still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it…” [John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton – 1834 – 1902].

  9. flag Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee)

    The insecure attention seeker from the UK, who thinks LT bloggers think he is Kaizar Zulu… how sad indeed or as Tarino ‘Jay Jay’ would say, ‘really laughable’ 🙁

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  10. Look at me I am one Mushota. Sometimes I go by the name of Kaizar Zulu. I live in the UK, please give me some love.

  11. The only people complaining are the PF criminals and their associates.
    Why should anyone listen to them.

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  12. My clone is back. Hi hater tarino..how sad do you have to be to clone me. You insult me everyday on social media and yet deep down you want to be like me. You envy me. You dream about me all day but you will never be me.

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  13. HH is acting irrational. The day when anyone from these same investigative wings, is seen to be shielding anyone in government from scandals; or malpractice or corruption manifesting-within-the anti-corruption-team, the finger will point to the president himself. Because it will be occur under his watch and command. And HH will find it very difficult to disassociate himself from corruption and sleaze within the government.

    HH must not leverage, the moving of ACC to the Office of The President to show his “machismo” to Zambians & Aid Donating Nations just to prove that he has put his hands on stamping corruption. These units must be autonomous, away from conflict of interest.

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  14. Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee)

    You have commented over and over about the imposter from the UK pretending to be Kaizer Zulu.
    Why does it bother, trouble you all the time. This guy from the UK and Yourself have the same
    equal rights and privileges to express yourself on Lusakatimes. You seem to be bullying the bully.
    Hey If the man is sick and seeks attention, just ignore him for heavens sake, Why remind the whole world every week.
    The very fact that you are reacting to his call, it shows that he gets you

  15. INDEPENDENT OBSERVER
    mother f***ker and makaka. Do us a favour.

    You all investment bankers from Goldman Sachs are the most corrupt people messing up the whole entire world. You are the last people to talk about corruption. Just stay there in the posh suburb area of Hampstead in London with your millions and your fast cars, paying taxes to that stingy Queen of England who and her whole family are the corrupt souls milking free money from dull UK taxpayers…. Just remember that the free education that has made you a millionaire came from our homeland Zambia. The very homeland HH is trying to fix. I saw you on the USA Bloomberg business tv program panel, 3 weeks ago and you made me wanna vomit. So what if you and your business partner have set up a company worth $75 million that you…

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  16. Look at who is talking about stealing, some people have no shame. ” we told you? what did you tell yourselves not to do?

  17. Zambia Today #16 ( on.. INDEPENDENT OBSERVER )

    Dude you have serious mental issues. You are supposed to be proud of a fellow Zambian from humble beginning who has crossed barriers. I saw the interview you are talking about on Bloomberg Business Chanel. I was so inspired to see two black guys, one being a Zambian to have accomplished that success having raised just $1.5m and turned their Internet Technology company into a $75m venture within 4 years and now want to float of the US Nasdaq Stock Exchange. As a matter of fact, the guy you are calling names was well spoken, full of humility and very down to earth in the TV program. It explains why not so many people don’t know about him and that he is actually Zambian. Honestly, how can we develop Zambia with such Pull Him Down Syndrome…

  18. Tarino Orange 18

    I am not supporting Kaizer Lungu. Those words are yours. I was just saying that why keep drumming about this guy if you all think he is an imposter. Because you seem to be adding fuel to fire all the time.

  19. @ Tarino Orange is that all you can respond to Mwanza’s article. Come on man. You are better than that. You usually said you don’t hate ECL as a person but his acts. Is the moving of ACC, DEC and FIC under HH really a serious move in the fight against corruption? Infact Mwanza is even being economic with the truth by comparing HH’s move to previous administrations. The only president who did that was Sata with RDA. Despite poorly prosecuted, we were able to hear about FIC, ACC and DEC reports but if they go under state house , the only hope to hear any corruption of the current government is when they leave office. Corruption they will do as ever politician does but Zambians won’t hear about it and will think they are clean until they leave office,

  20. If a Tonga breaks the ceiling and becomes a multi millionaire from selling our mines, he becomes a special one.
    If its another middle edged Zambian from a different tribe who has just used his education and creative mind to
    become successful at International level, flying the flag for us, then insults are popping up all over the place.
    What a jealousy we live in ?

  21. Early opportunity my foot. What is early about a country 57 years old? Whats early about 15 million of its population in poverty?

  22. Early opportunity my foot! What is early about a country 57 years old? Whats early about 15 million of its population in poverty?

  23. flag Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee)

    Hi @Mutafela Mulife… the intention is simple: 1) to keep reminding this imposter troll that he can’t fool us; 2) to help people like you not fall for his trolling tricks.
    I’m seeing your blogging name and flag for the 1st time so you are probably not privy to the vitriol and venom this imposter dude has been spewing on this LT insulting everyone and everything that dared criticize his vanquished tinpot dictat0r Lungu and everyone in the Diaspora, all the while pretending to be Kaizar Zulu and pretending to be in Zambia. Some people fell for it, and Tarino exposed him and I’m trying to help Tarino in that fight of ‘evil vs good’ for the sake of promoting health and constructive debate on LT. Some of us even almost quit this Blog due to this troll… join the ‘fight’ and welcome…

  24. flag Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee)

    Hi @Mutafela Mulife… the intention is simple: 1) to keep reminding this imposter tr0ll that he can’t f0ol us all; 2) to help people like you not fall for his tr0lling tricks.
    I’m seeing your blogging name and flag for the 1st time so you are probably not privy to the vitri0l and ven0m this imp0ster dude has been spewing on this LT insnlting everyone and everything that dared criticize his vanqu!shed tinp0t d!ctat0r Lungu and everyone in the Dil!asp0ra, all the while pretending to be Ka!zar Znlu and pretending to be in Zambia. Some people fell for it, and Tarino exposed him and I’m trying to help Tarino in that f!ght of ‘ev!l vs good’ for the sake of promoting health and constructive debate on LT. Some of us even almost quit this Blog due to this tr0ll… join the ‘f!ght’,…

  25. 26# Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security….

    Your defence does not add up. I expected more from a person who pretends to police Lusakatimes. I have been reading Lusakatimes from its start. I don’t just bother commenting. There was MUSHOTA, who posted delusional comments about her accomplishments and her special white boyfriend called Nick. The more people responded to her, the more she posted f00lishness trash seeking attention. The minute people stopped giving her attention, she vanished. There is a saying that goes – (Never Argue with a fool, as people might not differentiate between the two of you.)
    All rational people know that this KZ is a revolting imposter. Because the real Kaizer Zulu, former political…

  26. 26# Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security….

    All rational people know that this KZ is a revolting imposter. Because the real Kaizer Zulu, former political advisor to Lungu has a lot to lose if he posted such comments. So Tarino did not expose KZ, people can read between the lines, they don’t need Tarino Orange. Neither do they need you to remind or alert them. I don’t need you to remind me about who is Kaizer Zulu.

  27. 26# Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals….

    From what I know both you and Tarino Orange have called people nasty things on lusakatimes. Maybe you better start by asking Tarino Orange to tone down. By the way, if you care so much, about policing insults, why are you not condemning this guy called (16# Zambia Today) who has called Economist/DAMBISO MOYO, Investment Banker/ INDEPENEDENT OBSERVER and BBC News Reader/LUKWESA BURAK all sort of insults on Lusakatimes. Is that not biasness?

  28. 26# Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals..

    So what if you left Lusakatimes due to vitriol at one time. And Who cares, people will come and go. By the way my #flag on my post means nothing. A lot of people use Proxy Server Connection to hide their location and to protect their identity. I am actually posting these comments from Roma, in Lusaka but using a VPN from Europe. As you can see above, I have just used 3 VPN Connections from different countries, and ended up with 3 different flags.

  29. 26# Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals..

    Go back in the archives, you will find that i used to blog serious national matters with people like SENIOR CITIZEN, CAPITALIST EEE, MMD CHIEF BOOTLICKER, BR MUMBA Snr, INDEPENDENT OBSERVER etc.. If you really want to fight, for the sake of promoting health constructive debates, tell your mates on lusakatimes to stop insults. It must work both ways not one sided. Charity starts at home !!

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  30. flag Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee)

    Mate, not even sure what you are on about, you sound really worked off, I’m confused… really too fun :).
    Take it easy Kaizar Zulu… I will continue exposing you to unsuspecting LT bloggers, and thatbis a fraud, an imposter troll from the UK, now trying to hide under Mutafela Mulife Nyambe Lubinda alias. The fact you appear to be more mad than Kaizar Zulu the imposter himself gives it away that you are the imposter himself (can’t really f00l me).

  31. ACC, FIC AND DEC are under the Office of the President, the President of Zambia and also the President of UPND. By default and logic, since the HH is the also the President of UPND, it means UPND is in control of these institutions. Pa AFRICA!

  32. Several comments have diverted from the subject matter under discussion. Sleepyjoe, what suggestions do you offer in terms of under which office ACC,FIC and DEC should be in order for these institutions to be independent from the president of a ruling party in Zambia. More importantly, what institutional mechanism can be used to hold these independent institutions to perform their mandate?

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