After a series of defeats suffered by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in courts, sparking a public outrage on the competence of the commission, president Hakainde Hichilema has assured the nation that the wheels of justice will surely catch up with the people that seemed to have secured what he described as a short-lived victory
In a post on his Facebook, the president said that he understood the Zambians’ anger, frustration and the collective resolve to rid our society of the intolerable culture of corruption, especially among those that should be servants of the people.
The president said that, like drug trafficking, corruption is a scourge capable of destroying communities, increasing inequality among our people, distorting and exploiting public investments and reducing public revenues.
The president said that the perpetrators of the vice may flaunt short-lived victory, play the victim and mock the institutions of law and order, but assured that the long arm of the law and the wheel of justice will surely catch up with them.
The President assured Zambians that Corruption will be fought against, with everything that is legally at his government’s disposal, vigorously, relentlessly and the lawbreakers will be brought to book.
Meanwhile, Justice Minister Mulambo Haimbe has said that the fight against corruption has not been lost, as assumed by some sections of society. Mr Haimbe said that corruption and financial crime cases that commenced are still ongoing and that it would therefore be premature to assume that the fight against corruption has been lost.
Speaking when he addressed the Media in Lusaka, the Justice Minister said the Courts have shown that they operate independently with the recent court decisions such as the reinstating of seized property to Kabushi Member of Parliament Bowman Lusambo. Mr. Haimbe noted that it is also an indication that the accused persons will receive fair trials before the courts.
He said what the country has seen are temporary decisions and that does not mean that the accused persons have been acquitted. Mr. Haimbe also said it is wrong to assume that law enforcement agencies are ill-prepared to handle investigations as financial crime matters are complicated and need to be given diligence in handling them.
And the Justice Minister reiterated that Government remains committed to judicial reforms and that this will be anchored on the rule of law. Mr. Haimbe said judicial reforms will always be driven by the Judiciary itself and that the Judiciary is equal to that task.
Meanwhile, Mr. Haimbe has with immediate effect, dissolved the National Prosecutions Authority (NPA) board. Mr Haimbe said the dissolution of the board was in accordance with article 270 of the Constitution of Zambia.
“I would like to bring it to the attention of the nation that I have taken the decision to immediately dissolve the board of the National Prosecutions Authority pursuant to section 7 of the National Prosecutions Act number 34 of 2010 as read together with section 26 of the interpretation and the general provision Act 2, ” he said
PUNGWA MU STATE HOUSE – ALA KWENA UBUTUTU
Your masked personal fight against your political opponents can’t be deemed as a fight against corruption. Remove your vengeance and bitterness from the ACC then we’ll support you otherwise you’re just wasting our time.
There he goes again. Can’t he keep quiet and let the experts do their job without his interfering. Who knows, these officers may not be happy with this interference. It appears his aim is to kill and bury the PF. Next he’ll be instructing the judges on how to conclude cases.
Another desperate move by Haimbe. The genuine NPA has been dissolved in order to create a pro-upnd board.
Why is it difficulty for this government to focus on repairing the economy they claim to have been destroyed by PF.
I personally support the fight against corruption though this one is selective.
YES WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO CALLS A SPADE A SPADE
THERE IS NOT ONE PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY THAT DOESNT KNOW WE ARE A CORRUPT NATION
WE HAVE TO STOP THIS EVIL VICE
SO WHY NONSENSE ON HERE ?
IS IT BECAUSE YOUR POCKETS ARE NOT AS FULL ??
This statement alone is an own goal. A clever lawyer will use it in court in defense of his client.
People are not even frustrated at the way the courts are handling cases, they are frustrated at your selective way of choosing the suspects. The same people. Today Bowman, tomorrow Nakachinda, the other day Tayali are these the only people who have stolen.
Kakubo was spotted with a parcel no action has been taken against him. The Fertiliser saga is on mute. You will not weaken the opposition for selfish motives oval head.
I thought the ACC was moved and is now being supervised by the Presidency. Why is it so ?
Mr President you are interfering too much . Leave the ACC to do their job.
BMW uli mbwa sana. I end here.
A whole president having a personal fight with a citizen is shocking to say the least. We all know he is referring to my brother the lusambo who was granted access to his home. This follows a failed attempt by HHs ACC to persecute based on vengeance. Hh has really cheapened the president office. Grow up hh and give people the development you promised. You can’t break down the bull dozer. Your wlfe mutinta is probably attracted to hum hence your hate. Fuseke ka hh.
Where’s diplomacy, where are the so called presidential advisors? They should tell their boss that “Anger weakens”! Don’t personalise national interests with personal interests. People will soon lose faith in their elected leader because of his personal persuits instead of persuing our national interests. Time waits for no one, very soon we’ll be holding elections. I’ve always had a benefit of doubt for HH even though one of my friends from Grant Thornton where he worked under his leadership warned me some time back about this man!
HISTORY WILL RECORD WHO WAS A GOOD PRESIDENT OR NOT
NOT SOME BIAS BLOGS ON HERE
ONE THING FOR SURE IS THE PREVIOUS ONE WILL BE RIGHT AT THE BOTTOM DEPSITE HIS PREDECESSORS BEING LACKING
Reform the ACC. Attract the best auditors, accountants and lawyers and create a remuneration structure like that of the ZRA. These are effective ways to start winning cases. Why have we not seen job adverts at the ACC by now? How can people that literally sat for 10 years doing nothing bring you results? Like really? There is some introspection required here from the President. This is very embarrassing and insulting to us voters who actually believed the anti-corruption promises. Also, why is the issue of Edgar Lungu’s eligibility still at rest? This was an illegality.
Kakubo who carried cement in a brief case is moving about freely.
Deja Vu – Do you agree with what the President is saying about this cancer called corruption destroying our country or you want to deflect again and talk about briefcases and other select individuals in govt.
The relentless fight against corruption must go on…………….
Those who have the leftover arrogance from their time in power , will not enjoy their unaccounted for wealth…………….
10 years is a long time, let’s see if you will still be arrogant after 10 years………..
If your wealth is genuinely aquired………
You will not be broke after the 10 year period………….
This is where we are, your stolen wealth is going to be attacked from all directions……….
GRZ , deferce lawyers , hush money, cost of hiding that wealth ……..and you supply lines have been cut.
Patience in time is your enemy……………
If they are are squirming after only 9 months………..wait for 10 years.
I am highly disappointed. Why is the president making comments on cases before court and assuring us that he will win the cases?
He initiated these arrests on his praise conference, I mean press conference. Two of those cases have faced a wall in court because ACC acted incompetently.
And now he goes on to say this? Your Excellency, please keep quiet on some things. Zambians are definitely upset with ACC’s failures, but your comments are making things worse.
These comments are prime grounds for interference.
So this is personal kikikikiki….even making a statement and making it official that he has an axe to grind with his political opponents …Watoloka imisu wanyanta pamafi ….instead of fixing the economy now he is trying to be the head of the Judiciary and ACC…….pwipwipwi vishupu va Demagogue President
Saulosi this boy hh is a very arrogant childish man. I remember very well how he misbehaved when we almost went into a pact with upnd.
#14 Tarino Orange. Let him also fight corruption happening now and not targeting PF members only. Mwambazi has been implicated in the supplies of face masks but because he’s politically correct the president doesn’t mention him in speeches.
Personally iam tired of the same old song… get to work and start fulfilling your campaign promises… Under5 ..
This just proves that HH is a piece of shiiiiiit and he can go to hellllll….we need to disinfect the state house once he is kicked out of office 2026
Pungwa. …and he used a wrong idiom….in Bemba if people call you a pungwa it means you’re useless because Pungwa only goes for the young defenseless baby chicks…have you seen videos of a pungwa being ripped to pieces by grown chickens…HH is being embarrassed by Lusambo
UPND used to insult Lungu 24/7……and we thought Lungu was bad,,,it turns out Pompweeee HH is worse
1. Fighting corruption!! You give your friend a $50 Fertilizer Deal, on corruption grounds, which has now made various external global lenders question if at all you will use the loans to give more deals to enrich your friends. While still standing on planet Hollywood, you appoint this fertilizer guy’s wife as Minister of Information & Government Spokesperson. The whole country, including pupils just studying civics at secondary school, knows that she is not fit to do the job. Give her job to an articulate and knowledgeable person like Cornelius Mweetwa who can keep the nation informed by being grilled by local and international or foreign journalist about the state of affairs in Zambia..
The fight against the corruption scurge is a personal fight for the president ………
And so it should be for every Zambian……..
Lungu and PF were legalising corruption
2. Your Foreign Affairs Minister was exposed by the Chinese who intentionally recorded him at their premises just in case he denied ever going there. And you let him off with a childish explanation to the nation. Then one of your ministers goes to abuses and intimidate a mother to give her children drink Kachasu, which warranted a sacking but you chickened out from having an opportunity to show the nation and the world your leadership strength.
3. You hold a press conference; the country and the whole political and business world are waiting in anticipation to hear from the new kid on the block called HH. Only for you to show the country and the world how angry a person you are. The conference is all about you and nothing but you. In the conference, you throw tantrums, threats, complain about why they call you a cow, about your tribe, and nothing is inspiring in your speech but laying the ground for personal fights with small people like Nakachinda when you are the president who should rise above pettiness and hand small fights to your junior subordinates to take that fight. The more you pick the fight with Nakachinda, the more you look like a small boy to him. Nakachinda knows how to scratch your sensitive nerves and boil…
@henry, Deja Vu, Saulos, Wicked KZ, London, Rockid Etal, for once praise the judges having exhibited professional judgements against UPND government on repossessed assets returned suspected of corruptly acquired through crime. Let Zambians hear your praises of justice.
5. Mr President, we want you to perform well, however you are becoming a risk to the nation. Change the course of direction. Start listening to your advisors who are now complaining that you don’t listen to anyone. They are your eyes and ears and can reflect using a wider telescope. You have the time and if not it will come back and haunt you. If it’s not already haunting you going by the temperature in the nation. Bring forward corruption cases with evidence and prosecute plunders but not based on assumptions and speculations. And not forgetting the current incompetency of the ACC and Ministry of Justice.
This is a fight in which the whole nation will support you if professionalism undercuts playing politics and vengeance. !!!!!
In Bemba a Pungwa is a useless coward……always trying to rip where it didn’t sow and attacking baby chicks…especially newly hatched chicks because they’re so vulnerable
Muna the same justice was there during pf but to you it can only be good justice when it is under upnd. See how effed up your political bias is? Go sleep!
@28 Muna Dekhane
No one is praising the Judges….don’t forget Politicians are very good at theatrical prosecution…they trick you and me and Judges get orders from Politicians….at the end of the day they walk home with all their stolen possessions still intact…meanwhile Tarino Orange and Spaka are here on Lusaka Times 24/7….PF Bandits and UPND Bandits are busy cutting deals in the middle of the night…NEVER TRUST A POLITICIAN…all criminals
The biggest political heist has happened in the history of our great nation. Surely the wheel of justice will not stop turning even for those that corruptly acquired wealth through privatisation and pure stealing.
I thought someone is presumed innocent until proven guilty by a competent Court.
Why are we now changing the law and presuming suspects guilty until proven innocent?
How do we know how the cases will end and that all corruption suspects will be found guilty?
So in short, judges are expected to hand down guilty verdicts even without evidence?
Enough of these tribal bigot supremacists……….
They even went to the chief PF cader chitimukulu to convine a tribal war council………
There’s is a mantra of a tonga shall never rule zambia………….
The only way the president can have it his way is to declare a state of emergency and detain those he thinks should be imprisoned using the powers that go with the SE.
Expecting the courts to do his bidding is wishful thinking….courts follow the law.
Why are you advocating with something as undemocratic as State of Emergency? Go restart 1991 if you want such things. Zambians voted for a democracy.
#37 Sorry I am only being sarcastic… nobody would support such a thing.
SPAKA * 35
Why would want to bring that comment. Your bitterness will kill you. Independent Observer responded to your name calling comments and he gave you a good school of thought under the article (( What Kind Of President Does Zambia Really Need ) published on May 15 2022. Please go and read it again and grow up. Find something to do in life and make yourself busy than just sitting 24/7 posting comments on LSK.
This is what we call cipante pante. Your business to fight corruption on mere malice, settling scores and press conference insinuations isn’t the right way. Your hhACC is right deep in your petticoat and you’re pulling strings on who you think is your foe and direct it to persecute your opponents.
Your failure is appalling and inexcusable. Your prosecution team is a bunch of losers just like you, because they are losers just like you. The level of armature behavior is job on training.
Don’t mind Spaka he’s the lead praise singer Lumbani madoda vocalist….He’s pro HH and he idolize HH….HH is a small god in the eyes of Spaka…if HH tells Spaka to drink a gallon of sulphuric acid….Spaka will drink 4 gallons of sulphuric acid instead…and by way Spaka is on UK welfare so that’s how he survives no wonder he’s on Lusaka Times 24/7…..
The people will soon realise that accusing the former government of corruption was a way of winning elections. To date not one case is prosecutable. Ministers get about $15’000 a month plus car house and other perks. How can they fail to build those not too impressive houses they have been accused of acquiring through corruption. Truth is people were duped to give up their vote and are now paying dearly from the high cost of living. Of the don’t at least secure debt restructuring I fear a one term government
HH the investigation officer, arresting officer, prosecutor and Judge of former ruling party for his imaginary corruption charges. By the end of his five year term, there will be zero convictions and zero fulfilment of his campaign promises and the Lumbani Madoda will still be unemployed. There is so much to do for a president that playing catch and release with Lusambo and Nakachinda.
Why are we Zambians so skeptical of everything and everyone! When ECL assumed office, he was denigrated; When RB (MHSRIP) came to power, it was worse. Ba Sata (MHSRIP) was considered to be a joke. Now, we have the young HH who is not even drawing a salary! Allow him at least a year please.
Sad occurrence. But indeed, the corrupt will not sleep.
My bro, it’s because there’s nothing to repair. Day in day out PF has has done this Pf did that.
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