Thieves should not be allowed to continue serving in govt office – Antonio

FDD deputy national secretary Antonio Mwanza has called for the suspension, arrest and prosecution of all public officers cited in the Auditor General’s report for embezzling national resources.

In a statement today, Mwanza expressed disappointment with Public Service Commission chairperson Dickson Chasayais remarks that government would recover all misappropriated monies from erring officers through salary deductions.

“We are shocked with the sentiments of the Chairperson of the Public Service Commission, Mr Dickson Chasaya that government will not arrest and prosecute civil servants who have stolen public resources but will instead endeavour to recover all monies misappropriated from erring officers as cited in the Auditor General’s report through salary deductions. We are deeply disappointed that a man who has been charged with the responsibility of ensuring accountability, transparency and integrity in the civil service is actually the one in the forefront of tolerating and encouraging abuse of public resources. How on God’s earth can a thief be allowed to continue serving in office when he has been found wanting?” Mwanza wondered.

Mwanza demanded for the arrest everyone abusing public resources arguing that people could not continue living poverty because of thieves in government who were stealing from them.

“Mr Chasaya ought to know that Article 250 of the Republican Constitution as well as the Public Finance Act and other written law clearly stipulates that thieves must be arrested and prosecuted for theft and abuse of public funds. As FDD, we demand for the immediate suspension, arrest and prosecution of all public officers that have been cited in the Auditor General’s report. We cannot allow the wanton abuse and theft of public resources to continue unabated when our country is under serious fiscal stress. The money that is being misappropriated by those criminals could go a long way in ensuring improved service delivery and alleviation of poverty,” he stated.

Mwanza stated that arresting officers cited in the AG’s report was the right thing to do because it would serve as a deterrent to others who were in the habit of embezzling public resources.

“It is this laizzer faire attitude towards corruption and abuse of public resources by those that have been charged with the responsibility of safeguarding our national coffers that is encouraging corruption and wanton abuse of public resources. We want all those erring officers suspended, arrested and prosecuted so that they can serve as a deterrent to others who are in the habit of embezzling public funds,” stated Mwanza.

         

Mirriam Chabala

About Mirriam Chabala

Mirriam Chabala is a Zambian journalist who covers current affairs and writes in-depth feature articles on social issues.
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