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At the moment HH fight against corruption is far from meeting the international standard

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By Venus N Msyani

Last September president Hakainde Hichilema informed the nation through his speech to the parliament that his administration will introduce the Fast-truck Stolen Asserts Recovery System to fully deal with corruptly acquired assets.

In the very month the president assured Zambians living in North America that the fight against corruption will be done from a professional angle. Unfortunately, the opposite has started happening.

The recent search at former State House aide Amos Chanda residence is definitely the Fast-truck Stolen Asserts Recovery System president Hichilema was referring to in his speech to the parliament. The problem is that the action is far from meeting the international standard.

Report that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) officer threatened to pull a gun on Amos Chanda and assaulted his sister-in-law during a search is the opposite of professionalism.

The officer was either drunk or is untrained. It is the immediate and simple conclusion, which should not offend anyone.

The president and the ACC should be aware that assigning drunk or untrained officers on serious duties like the above is lack of professionalism.

The gun threat and physical assault reported in the process make the search appear a robbery in its simplest form.

Something disappointing because assurance of professional recovery of stolen properties by the president left many thinking that the process will be free from abuse. Forgetting that some people still believe that alcohol is intelligent booster.

Professionalism and alcohol don’t go together. To do a professional job on recovery of stolen properties, the new dawn administration should start screening officers for alcohol and related substances before it dispatches them to go and conduct searches.

On top of that officers should be screened for political affiliation as well. Especially that the country seems to be haunted with the spirit of revenge.

These two will set a professional approach to recovery of stolen properties and no one will be hurt in the process.

It is time to be real. The fight against corruption shouldn’t be turned into a persecution tool. Yes, corruption has robbed the republic of Zambia of the needed development, but that is not a passport to turn the fight against the vice into persecution or revenge tool.

Will continue talking if we must. At the moment HH waged war against corruption is far from meeting the international standard.

23 COMMENTS

  1. If IMF and world Bank really wants to help Zambia fight corruption their can set money aside just for Body camera for the police Included in the loan I think there’s a term for that. A state doing injustice to Innocent until proven guilty it’s one of the most egregious thing you can’t imagine.

    “The Secretary of State of the United States of America hereby requests all whom it may concern to permit the citizen/national of the United States named herein to pass without delay or hindrance and in case of need to give all lawful aid and protection.”

  2. Government must be very careful how they handle the situation. Some officers may go overboard just to embarrass the goverment especially when they harass people who may be even be innocent. One of the reasons PF became unpopular is the harassment of citizens by the Kampyongo lead ZP/ Party cadres. The situation where out of spite and jealousy people are identified as plunderers should be discarded… it’s unprofessional. Don’t forget that some of these officers want to impress the new government in order to survive the chopping block like one surviving provincial PS who’s always dancing even when there’s no music playing.

  3. The president is there to set a vision and direction and not to duel into tactical and implementation tasks, that should be the job of his ministers or heads of the individual agency e.g ACC. HH has set the tone, if you see any issues, go after those guys heading those organizations. You know their names.
    But leave HH to be thinking about bigger things. Lungu was all over the place, “inspecting constructions”, a job that was supposed to be done by his surbodinates, and no wonder he had no time to think about how to correct the dwiddling living standard. And it appears, people are accepted Lungu`s ineptness as a norm, for every stu.pid issue, its HH here……HH there… That is not how it should be!!!

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  4. Mr. Msyani, this fight is PF targeted. Just look at people who have been searched so far, all of them are PF.

    Upnd is about revenging and proving to the westerners (lgbt) that they are in control. Let us wait and see how far they will go.

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  5. These are the same “Drunken professionals” who were following the example of a Drunken visionless leader just 4 months ago & just inherited by H.H. We all know losing is painful especially for those that used Government coffers & institutions for self benefit, Am0s Ch@nda, rings a bell?
    To then accuse H.H of sending “Drunken officials ” who he inherited weeks ago is folly & reeks of bitterness. To add to injury ati they should be non partisan, pot calling kettle black.
    Message to tu P.F, DEAL WITH IT!
    Your time has passed!

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  6. @Henry, Bro,
    Are you for real? Ati “this fight is PF targeted.”, who should be targeted in your real world?
    Ati “Upnd is about revenging and proving to the westerners (lgbt)”, please scrap that rubbish, and switch off that repetitive record(LP) playing !!! Infact PF should be grateful of HH, he has taken a VERY unpopular stance against PF. If he was revengeful, most of you hardcore PF will be somewhere else.
    You @Henry , you are on record that HH will never enter plot 1. I am NOT UPND, but I can’t let go, such irresponsible comments that does NOT make sense, VERY UNFAIR to HH. PF despised HH for last 11 years while in opposition, you can NOT carry on doing so now. Grow up and face the reality !

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  7. NOW CRIMINAL SHOULD BE TREATED WITH CARE?When millions of people are suffering give us a break.Zambians you lam worried about the conduct of the police Instead of the looting of public funds.
    HH HAD HIS HOUSE RAIDED.
    What changed KARMA AT WORK.

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  8. Don’t complicate things. The previous government didn’t follow standards to do what they did, including the alleged theft (grand as it is being revealed slowly). Pamene paja na ise tipita! Bana ba sukulu it is free now. We need to recover plundered loot so we can educate our children and send the sick to hospitals. We shall follow laid out laws that the previous government did not follow.

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  9. General Kanene my bro. Your upnd government is full hatred and over zealous.

    You will not go anywhere with your hatred for the previous government. You will not succeed if your work is to persecute PF. PF has powerful lawyers than your s@t@n1k party. Get to work and honour your campaign promises.

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  10. At Henry: Ofcourse PF shd be targeted. Who else did u expect them to target – Sean Tembo’s party or Chilufya Tayali or Peter Sinkamba?

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  11. And believe me Henry; Investigations and Arrests on PF surrogates haven’t started. Aya yamene mulilishana ni ma starter chabe. Remember Chiluba or KK cases? Am sure naiwe ka Henry u are one of the thieves. If not – why are u defending criminals? Definitely u stole from us too – wanya naiwe – munungu wahayo!

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  12. What corruption fight? You mean persecuting and bullying pf members is now a fight against corruption? For me I am waiting for the ACC to come to my property. Remember I am still a black belt. I will beat them so hard they will never walk or make love again

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  13. The problem with our colleagues in upnd is that they can’t take advice, no matter how positive it is, unless HH has told them to do so.
    The writer is simply saying that if you mean well, don’t turn a corruption fight into persecution of PF members as it’s appearing to be now.
    No harm in listening, these things tend to come back and haunt you.

    Ll

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  14. It is a Mapatizya formula Government. Before the year ends, upnd cops will ransack ordinary people’s homes in the name of ACC search for alleged stolen money.
    Are we not privy of a cop and barrister running away with the victims $800,000 already?
    With the ACC under hh’s corrupt armpit, we’re yet to see the worst of Mapatizya formula before the year ends. hh has a list for his witchhunt.

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  15. Can you let HH work please, they can be only one President at a time. The problem is that PF are still talking. Edgar Lungu has been very good and magnanimous lately admitting and confessing that PF made mistakes, the problem now are his people who were cheating him that he was going to win but they were just eating his money, people like Zayelo, neckless and that boy who was destabilizing MMD, they are still saying we don’t know how we lost, totally disconnected

  16. I sometimes fail to get to terms with the way a “thinking advice resource to governance” springs up offering, infact bordering on demanding from government what course to chart! To complicate matters “International standards” of doing “things” are thrown into the mix when there are no clear home grown standards in place or developed! Thus the approach should be a reverse ladder climb! African governments approach to fighting corruption is slowly trying to transform by moving away from firing squads! Let patience be embraced!

  17. EVEN WHEN FIGHTING A GOOD FIGHT MISTAKES MIGHT BE COMMITTED. THE ONLY COMFORTING THING IS THAT HH COULD NOT JUST LEAVE SOME PF MEMBERS TO JUST GO LIKE THAT AS THERE WERE CLEAR INDICATORS OF DUBIOUSLY ACQUIRED MONEY. PF CADRES WERE LITERALLY TRYING TO OUTDO EACH OTHER IN TERMS OF SHOWING THE WORLD HOW RICH THEY HAD BECOME.

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