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Monday, 7 September 2009

Corruption Watch (Task Force)

There are some suggestions that the Task Force on plunder should be investigated for plundering national resources, especially with respect to certain seized items that are apparently missing. Relevant to the discussion on Refocusing the fight on corruption.

Probe Task Force on Corruption - ZDDM (Source : ZANIS, September 4, 2009) :

The Zambia Direct Democracy Movement (ZDDM) says the Task Force on corruption should not be disbanded but instead government should probe its operations.

ZDDM National Coordinator Edwin Sakala says a lot of resources would not be accounted for if the Task Force on corruption is disbanded.

In a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Mr. Sakala said there were alot of questions that required to be answered before the process of disbanding the institution commences.

He said there was serious need to deal with questions of allegedly stolen confiscated items such as emeralds among others.

Mr. Sakala also said there was need for the nation to know what had been spent, recovered and forfeited to the state since the investigation started.

He said his organization would also want the law enforcement agencies to probe some individual members of the Task Force on Corruption to ascertain their wealth.

The ZDDM National Coordinator also alleged that some of the cases prosecuted by the Task Force on corruption needed judicial review to array suspicion that some judgments were not inconformity with the law and that the Task Force acted outside the law toforce convictions.

Meanwhile, Mr. Sakala has called for the restructuring and strengthening of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).

He said restructuring and strengthening of the ACC would help in making the fight against corruption effective.

Mr. Sakala also noted that corruption cases were taking too long adding that members of the general public would lose confidence and trust in the system if the trend continued.

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