by Stuart Lisulo on 16 Nov 2018by Sipilisiwe Ncube on 16 Nov 2018by Sipilisiwe Ncube on 16 Nov 2018by Mukosha Funga on 16 Nov 2018
- Goal Diggers
by Alex Chilumbwe on 15 Nov 2018by Alex Chilumbwe on 15 Nov 2018by Musambo Phiri on 11 Nov 2018by Alex Chilumbwe on 8 Nov 2018
by Abraham Kalito on 15 Nov 2018by John Chola on 15 Nov 2018by Abraham Kalito on 15 Nov 2018by Abraham Kalito on 13 Nov 2018
by Zondiwe Mbewe on 16 Nov 2018by Zondiwe Mbewe on 16 Nov 2018by Zondiwe Mbewe on 15 Nov 2018by Zondiwe Mbewe on 14 Nov 2018
- Editor's Choice
by Diggers Correspondent on 16 Nov 2018by Professor Geoffrey Lungwangwa on 15 Nov 2018by Davies Mwila on 13 Nov 2018by Diggers Editor on 12 Nov 2018
by Diggers Editor on 16 Nov 2018by Diggers Editor on 15 Nov 2018by Diggers Editor on 14 Nov 2018by Diggers Editor on 13 Nov 2018
by Zondiwe Mbewe on 28 Sep 2018by Tenson Mkhala on 28 Sep 2018by Thomas Mulenga on 24 Sep 2018by Sampa Kabwela on 8 Sep 2018
- Guest Diggers
by CUTS on 16 Nov 2018by CUTS on 16 Nov 2018by Sampa Kabwela on 10 Nov 2018by Diggers Correspondent on 17 Oct 2018
Corruption won’t end unless ACC targets those in power – BrebnarBy Sipilisiwe Ncube on 22 Aug 2018
Civil Rights Activist Brebner Changala says corruption will never end in Zambia if the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) does not go for the big fish that are holding power.
On Monday, former Attorney General Musa Mwenye broke his silence on the ongoing debate about escalating corruption levels in the country, saying the graft fight should not only target the weak and vulnerable.
Mwenye who served under president Michael Sata as Solicitor General and later Attorney General, could not resist commenting on the incident where Lusaka Province Minister Bowman Lusambo caught traffic officers allegedly taking bribes from motorists.
He said while Lusambo’s efforts were targeted at exposing corruption, it was important to target grand corruption among those who were taking proceeds of crime to invest in companies and assets, rather than only focussing on the weak and vulnerable.
And in an interview, Changala agreed with Mwenye, saying those involved in grand corruption often went scot free because of the power they yielded.
“I conquer with the former Attorney General. He is very right. The fight against corruption is a fight against the weak in society whereas the strong and the people who are involved in grand corruption are left off the hook because they are well connected. And this is because the Anti-Corruption Commission itself is morally corrupt [and] it cannot balance the fight against corruption. It cannot equalize in terms of attacks on the root cause of this corruption. The biggest culprits in this corruption are actually in high offices but because they cannot touch them for the fear of the unknown, they want to celebrate the downfall of the weak who are merely trying to help themselves to the tradition that has been celebrated and anchored in the corridors of power. And this corruption will never end if the Anti-Corruption Commission will not go for the big fish that are holding power,” Changala said.
Changala said instead of being a political party, PF had been turned into a business venture.
“And those who are celebrating the arrest of those [traffic] four police officers are being naive, unfair to this country and indeed accomplices. They must mind that what happened to those four police officers must happen to the big fishes that are stealing big. For example, PF itself is an embodiment of corruption. Look at its lifestyle [or] the lifestyle of the leaders of PF, look at their expenditure, it is out of this world. And yet PF has now become a business venture and when you question them [on] the source of their monies, they will tell you that it’s well wishers. Now where are these well-wishers who can’t buy medicine in hospitals? Where are these well-wishers who can’t support our children at higher learning institutions in terms of bursaries? So I agree with the former attorney general that this drama [which] they are trying to create by embarrassing and humiliating those who are low in society is bound to backfire one day. We need to cite the corruption starting from State House to the last man in the ministry in government,” he said.
He said there was need to probe PF officials for corruption starting from the Secretary General to the media director.
“We need to fight corruption in PF starting from the secretary general to the media director. Where are they getting these funds when the economy has totally collapsed and when we are going through what they are telling us is austerity measures? I don’t know what these austerity measures are. This does not affect PF, it only affects the man and woman in the street because their expenditure is very high and extravagant, but they will tell you to tighten your belt as we face the challenges ahead. There is a lot of hypocrisy and a lot of unbridled anarchy in the corridors of power,” Changala said.
Meanwhile, Changala said there was need to give ACC directors security of tenure so that they could discharge their duties freely.
“And the Anti-Corruption Commission itself is to blame. So for Anti-Corruption Commission and its commission officers to operate, they need security of tenure. They are very vulnerable. And mind you, corrupt people are very powerful in that they are financially strong; they are able to uproot anybody to an extent of killing anybody. Now the director general of Anti-Corruption Commission must have security of power. Once appointed [and] ratified by parliament, there should be a situation where he cannot be removed by the president unless through a tribunal which he has errored or if he has committed a misdemeanour. They must have the security of power, the security which the judge enjoys , the security that the director of public prosecution enjoys. They must extend it to these institutions so that they operate freely and at an extent where they can walk to a minister and say ‘I am arresting you today’ without a phone call coming from State House to say ‘don’t arrest that gangstar, the money he is stealing is ours no,” said Changala.
About Sipilisiwe Ncube
Sipilisiwe Ncube is a Zambian journalist with a background in radio news.
Email: sipilisiwe [at] diggers [dot] news
- Govt allocates K2 million for new State House, House of Prayer - 16 Nov 2018
- W/Province PS admits misapplication of funds at Parley Committee - 16 Nov 2018
- Parley Committee salutes Ephraim Mateyo for improved accountability - 15 Nov 2018
- Police must protect UPND like they have protected protesting PF youths – Mucheleka - 15 Nov 2018
- Parliament hears Chitotela’s death threats on Mweetwa - 15 Nov 2018
- A tough climate and weakened economy: how debt concerns businesses and employees
- Govt orders FRA to give millers maize to avert crisis
- Times of Zambia denies owing former editor K587,406
- Govt allocates K2 million for new State House, House of Prayer
- W/Province PS admits misapplication of funds at Parley Committee
Subscribe for email alerts
Weekly Most Digged
- November 2018
- October 2018
- September 2018
- August 2018
- July 2018
- June 2018
- May 2018
- April 2018
- March 2018
- February 2018
- January 2018
- December 2017
- November 2017
- October 2017
- September 2017
- August 2017
- July 2017
- June 2017
- May 2017
- April 2017
- March 2017
- February 2017
- January 2017
- December 2016
- November 2016
- October 2016
The News Diggers
Deputy News Editor
Plot No. Lus/9812/649-MC8
off Alex Chola Road
P.O. Box 32147
Telephone or WhatsApp:
+26-097-7708285, 095-3424603, 096-5815078
diggers [at] diggers [dot] news
editor [at] diggers [dot] news
Send this to a friend