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ACC offers reward to people who will help it in the recovery of properties suspected to be proceeds of crime.

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THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) says it will give a reward to any person who reports about property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime leading to its successful recovery.

The ACC has therefore appealed to members of the public with information of possession of any property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime to report to the nearest Commission offices.

“A reward will be given upon successful recovery of properties,” the Commission stated. This was disclosed at the Commission’s first quarter briefing.

And the ACC stated that it is applying both conviction-based and non-conviction-based forfeiture of proceeds of crime as well as the restriction and seizure of any properties suspected to be ill-gotten wealth mechanisms.

“This is expected to culminate into the increase in the recovery of funds and properties illegally obtained from the Zambians,” ACC stated

The Commission further stated that it was part of the country-wide recruitment process of health workers and it has been working with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in sensitizing local government officials on adherence to prescribed Constituency Development Fund Guidelines to reduce opportunities of corruption in management of the fund, and subsequently for its equal distribution within their constituencies.

Meanwhile, the ACC stated that by the close of the quarter, it concluded and closed 13 cases while 11 arrests were made country-wide.

The Commission further disclosed that it had 61 cases before the Courts of Law and four court cases were concluded resulting into two convictions with six cases still pending.

“There were no acquittals recorded in any case before Court in the first quarter…the Commission handed over to government a total of ZMW65,333,046 and US$ 57,900 in recovered funds and forfeited to the State in a case of being in possession of suspected property reasonably believed to have been proceeds of crime against Margaret Chisela Musonda (Faith Musonda),” the Commission added.

The Commission further stated that it has come across additional information in the matter involving Musonda and the information has led to extended investigations.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 21st April, 2022)

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Government to sink boreholes across the country

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“WITH the current devastating climate change, the government is going flat out to sink boreholes and do crop irrigation across the country”, President Hakainde Hichilema has said.

The President said his administration is determined to ensure food security despite the challenging circumstances.
“We are determined to ensure that food security is attained even during these difficult times. Let us all get involved and get it solved. We shall overcome as God will do the rest,” he said.

President Hichilema urged citizens to actively participate in the efforts, stating the collective responsibility to overcome the challenges emanating from the dry spell.

Last week, President Hichilema declared the ongoing drought a national disaster, announcing a comprehensive set of measures to mitigate its impact.

The declaration was prompted by the destruction of one million hectares of farmland, affecting over one million households across the country.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 4th March, 2024)

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‘Why are you pretending to be rich?’ HH asks Gov’t officials who insist on traveling on business class

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PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema has described government officials that prefer traveling on business class as cheats and pretenders.

The head of state has revealed that the country has limited resources and it does not make sense for a government official to move in business class at the expense of the treasury.

The president said following the declaration of a national disaster as a result of the prolonged dry spells, that there will be for prudent usage of resources.

“We will aggressively shift resources from consumption, wastage travel, and business class. Secretary to the treasury, I hear there are people who want to travel business class from Lusaka to Johannesburg?” he said, “for one hour 30 minutes [you want to be on business class], we sit on our stools for three hour we village people,”

He wondered what is wrong with a government official travelling on economy class.

What’s wrong with economy ticket for one hour 40 minutes, this is what I call pretence, for one hour 40 minutes you want to fell rich, that’s cheating,” the President said.

He said he has already given his cabinet the signal that there will be no more unnecessary travels.

“There will be no more of such things, including unnecessary travels, size of delegation, I sent this signal to my colleagues in cabinet and I have made this official, resources are limited, the question is how do we utlise the limited resources,” Mr Hichilema said.

Meanwhile, he warned that there will be accountability in the utilization of resources and those found wanting “Will be on their own”

(Mwebantu, Monday, 4th March, 2024)

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House of Chiefs commends President Hichilema’s swift response to drought crisis.

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TRADITIONAL leaders have commended President Hakainde Hichilema’s decisive action in addressing the drought.

House of Chiefs Chairperson Chief Chisunka said the President’s declaration is a timely and crucial step in mobilising resources and support to mitigate the impact of this drought on the affected communities.

Dr Chisunka said the effects of climate change, particularly the prolonged dry spells and erratic rainfall patterns, have posed unprecedented challenges to agricultural systems, water sources, and, most importantly, the livelihoods of people.

He underscored the urgent need for collaborative efforts to mitigate the challenges posed by climate change.

Dr Chisunka said the traditional leadership is committed to supporting the government and ensuring coordinated relief efforts.

“As traditional leaders, we commend President Hakainde Hichilema for his swift and decisive action in recognizing the gravity of the situation and marking our country’s debilitating drought as a national disaster and emergency. Together, we can overcome this crisis and emerge stronger and more resilient than before. We will continue to work together to build a better and brighter future for all our people,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 3rd March, 2024)

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