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Fred M’membe Raises Concerns Over Ethnic and Regional Composition of Anti Corruption Commission

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Fred M’membe, President of the Socialist Party in Zambia, has expressed his worry regarding the ethnic and regional composition of the officers serving in Zambia’s Anti Corruption Commission (ACC). Dr M’membe argued that the presence of officers from specific ethnicities or regions could potentially undermine the integrity and fairness of the ACC’s investigations and prosecutions.

Dr M’membe highlighted the current makeup of the ACC’s leadership and core departments as evidence of his concerns. He pointed out that the Board Chairperson, Musa Mwenye SC, hails from the Soli ethnic group, while the Director General, Tom Trevor Shamakamba, is from the Lenje ethnic group.

Dr M’membe also noted that the Director for Community Education, Director for Corruption Prevention, Director for Investigations, and the head of the Special Intelligence Unit all come from the Tonga ethnic group. Additionally, the Director for Legal and Prosecutions is married to an individual from the Bemba ethnic group.

According to Dr M’membe, this concentration of individuals from specific ethnicities or regions within the ACC raises doubts about the impartiality and fairness of the commission’s operations. He cited the well-known aphorism, “Justice must not only be done, but must also be seen to be done,” coined by Lord Hewart, the former Lord Chief Justice of England, to emphasize the importance of public perception in upholding justice.

Dr M’membe cautioned that such a composition undermines the credibility and effectiveness of the ACC. He argued that the presence of officers from certain ethnic or regional backgrounds could create an environment where investigations and prosecutions might be viewed with suspicion, potentially eroding public trust in the commission’s work.

The President of the Socialist Party stressed the significance of diversity and inclusivity in institutions like the ACC. He called for a reevaluation of the composition of the commission’s officers to ensure a fair and unbiased approach to fighting corruption in Zambia.

26 COMMENTS

  1. For equitable representation in public institutions, apply N/E Zambia and N/W Zambia working together by taking a maximum of 2/3 of positions. Tribe and province should not be considered because they are narrow than two super regions.The formula also applies to executive, judicature and legislature.

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    • There’s one officer I personally know from those named. He’s Josphat Maiba, an accounting graduate of the Copperbelt University, a member of ZICA and ACCA. I met him when he was finance manager of a tobacco company during the Mwanawasa presidency. He later joined the ACC as finance director and has been there since late Mwanawasa’s time. Should he stop being a public officer because Zambia has a Tonga president? Without information about when these officers were apointed and by who, Fred M’membe is just continuing his well-known anti-Tonga outlook.

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  2. He has started again,this one.Zambians should never be encouraged to seek employment in government only.This tribal card you have tried,no one is listening,bwana.

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    • Mmembe is fighting for the integrity of Zambian institutions.He is not fighting for his region or tribe.Remember that all Zambians,unlike in many African countries, are ethnically identical. They Marry for love,they form friendships for the same reason. A parallel to this argument is found in the Bemba adage: “Ukwangala kwacila ulupwa “. If you have Bemba friends or wife,they’ll translate the adage for you.

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    • The leader of this government is very dull he seems not to be thinking he is over taken by power people gave him, and he doesn’t know who put him in that chair if he knew he would have included the rest of the Zambians in all key positions .
      This leader is a let down does he think that people don’t think ,Zambians will not allow him to continue in the 2026 elections he has messed up, people teamed up to put him in that chair from all the ten provinces .
      the president doesn’t know that there is one ethenic group that can easily remove him if they so want

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  3. Bwana M’membe has mentioned positions held by Soli, Lenje, Tonga, and Bemba citizens at the ACC. There are, of course, far more than 4 positions at the ACC held by citizens from other ethnic groupings. This makes M’membe’s concerns totally baseless. He does not seem to have anything meaningful to contribute to the governance of our country except making baseless claims and concerns. By the way, ACC is a professional institution and does not, therefore, need to be filled through tribal balancing.

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    • By the way, I have had the opportunity to read the 200-page Das Kapital by Karl Marx and the 39-page Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Fredrick Engels; there is nothing in the two publications that can be used as the basis for organizing and/or running a government. Hence Fred’s hallucinations …

  4. I wonder what Mr Mmembe is yapping about here. The ACC cant have Lenjes and Solis? And shouldnt have wives of Bembas? It makes no sense. But even if all ACC members were from say Zambezi district how would that affect their work? We shouldnt take this tribal balancing or tribal injecting go too far. If it is possible, perhaps only the cabinet may be tribally balanced given what happened in Kenya, Rwanda and Nigeria. How will you balance my kids, since my wife is from Masaiti? I was born and raised in Chingola and Mufulira on the copperbelt My mother is Swaka, my father is Ngoni

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    • Kadansa your blood is too thick to see what is happening, leave us to fight this injustice. We managed the ruthless Mwanawasa and his tribal goons.

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    • Blood is too thick???Whatever that means I wont leave my country in the hands of tribalists who want to turn it into Rwanda 1994.

  5. Thanks Sir Mr M’membe for those nice words:
    =Words of wisdom { justice must not only be done,but must also be seen to be done} meaning
    In ACC administration performance of executive duties must be seen and be done correctly

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  6. Opposition politicians in Zambia are utterly useless, inept and inadequate
    M’membe just chats rubbish which makes no sense.
    Could you really call this man a national leader when he is so obsessed with identifying people by their ethnic group rather than any other criteria.
    It is because of people like him that we have some much inter tribal conflict in Africa.
    He is full of prejudice and is hateful.
    Additional, his politics is one that is stuck in the cold war period and in the 1950’s.
    LT why or why do you keep on publishing this man, his articles are nonsense

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    • Mmembe is intelligent , he knows what he is talking about , Tonga people donnot have a vote to take this president to state house.
      Mmembe is one of the great brains in Africa and he stands out he knows how people think

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    • @Nshilimubemba. Yes there were a lot of people who called Hitler intelligent. That doesnt mean he was. It was just their opinion. His true colours were revealed by the catastrophies he began and legacied

  7. Next president of zambia given lubinda followed by comrade mmembe after he defects to pf. Great patriotic men unlike that sellout hh. I love my patriots. I am very drunk right now in mate3ro . Less I love you

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  8. If you have followed Mmembe’s career and how he left MMD to take over the post, you’ll see that he is just a rabble-rouser, troublemaking chap. Now he is showing us he is a tribalist. Those following him are going to fall off the cliff that he is heading for.

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  9. ACC is one of a multitude of Zambia’s executive government agencies. By and large, each agency has a Board, Directors of units, Managers, and regular employees. While the President has the authority to appoint / nominate the head and members of the Board of each agency, he does not have the authority to appoint the other office bearers who run the agencies. Any way, we may never understand the reason(s) why the “erudite” Fred has targetted ACC out of all the existing executive government agencies, each one of which performs essential functions in the country’s governance. As the late Tetamashimba would advise, “[Fred] … don’t comment on issues and matters you don’t understand.”

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  10. In his post Fred Mmembe has even mentioned their names and the positions they hold. It’s clear that what we have now is TEC – Tonga Enforcement Commission. But that’s not the only institution that has experienced a purge of northerners and replacing them with those from the same region. Many Bembas has been removed from their positions at North Western Provincial Health Office. By the way, those that killed Kungo were released long ago without charge, that’s the rule of law in the New Damn

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  11. I think Zambia must take a lesson from Nigeria, this at one time was a problem in Nigeria where you find out that tribe balancing was to difficult to maintain. One Regional could take all government key position, like it was here in zambia from the recent years. Whereby all positions were given to people from the Northern province or eastern province or to make it simpler from the former north eastern Rhodesia.
    And the UPND is just correcting this.
    Coming to Nigeria neo-geographical policical zones were crested and the appointments were to be according to those zones to avoid that was in the PF government.
    I rest my case!

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  12. Membe is one of the biggest tribslists in zambia……..

    He sees tribe in everything GRZ does or says………

    Just like that Congolese Dejavu who posts on LT…………

    everything is seen through a tribal lens

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  13. Dr Ludwig Sondashi Provincial Minister for NWP….if I can’t employ my relatives, who’s going to employ them?
    …. only those from the province will be allowed to enter the colleges in the province
    …. only Kaonde willing be spoken in government institutions including Solwezi School of Nursing.
    KK removed him. He became one of the prominent members of the MMD.
    Later he accused FTJ of smoking dagga together with Michael Sata.

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