THE Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has confirmed that it is actively persuing various cases of suspected corruption with two being that of the Ndola-Lusaka dual carriage way and the supply of COVID-19 material at Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU).
The commission has since assured of it’s being equal to the task in the fight against corruption and has since also called on the media to partner with it to help unearth the corruption scourge.
The commission today held a media briefing where it’s Director General Gilbert Phiri assured the Commission’s commitment to ensuring that corruption is fought in all angles of the country.
Mr Phiri assured the country that the commission is determined to ensure that corruption is fought.
He challenged the media to partner with the commission through it’s investigative journalism wings to help unearth corruption practices , but also cautioned them to be objective in their reporting by ensuring that they were not used as tools of corruption.
He also revealed that 17 arrests involving corruption had been effected country wide.
“In the last quarter, we received 169 reports of suspected corruption, out of which 45 were non corruption relate or those,124 reports contained elements of corruption and 94 reports were authorized for investigations, while remaining 30 reports did not have sufficient details of corruption.By end of the quarter the commission concluded 163 investigations made country wide ,10 cases were before courts of Law. Also So far 188 out of 1160 cases have been investigated and concluded this year, with 17 arrests effected,” he said.
Mr Phiri also said that a total of 338,984 people have been sensitised on corruption throughout the country.
“ACC also participated in the 2022 teacher recruitment for transparency and also participated in health workers recruitment,” he said.
Meanwhile, ACC acting director investigations Raymond Chiboola confirmed that the Commission is actively persuing the case of the dual carriage way and supply of COVID-19 material at DMMU.
“I wish to confirm that ACC is actively persuing the case of the dual carriage way. Also, I wish to confirm that we are working with the Joint Investigative team in dealing with the case of the supply of COVID-19 material by DMMU because we have received a number of complaints coming through,” he said.
And Commission’s chairperson, Musa Mwenye said the National Corruption Policy is undergoing review to help in the fight against corruption.
“In the past ACC recovered assets worth K60, million as well as several convictions of senior public officials have been made. ACC is resolved to fight corruption,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, August 4th, 2022)
Chinsali MP admits getting drugged by two Tanzanian women after drinking, As he disputes the two of being prostitutes
PATRIOTIC FRONT (PF) Chinsali Member of Parliament Kalalwe Mukosa has confirmed that he was drugged by two unknown Tanzanian women while he lodged at Urban Hotel in Ndola.
Mr Mukosa says that the two ladies, who had introduced themselves as business women earlier at noon and were also logged at the same hotel allegedly drugged him with valium and stole from him while helping him get to his room while in an intoxicated state.
He has since refuted a paragraph in a story published by the Zambia Daily Mail with the assumption that the two were prostitutes.
In a letter addressed to Zambia Mail managing director, Mr Mukosa’s lawyer Bonaventure Mutale said while the rest of the story is accurate, the incident of drugging his client’s drink or wine occurred while he was seated around the swimming pool area in the company of the two women long before the closure of the bar.
“We have been retained by Mr. Kalawa Mukosa, MP in connection with your article headlined “MP Mukosa Robed.” “2 Tanzanian ladies drugged him with valium in his room.” The article reads in part: “Patriotic Front (PF) CHINSALI Member of Parliament Kawala Mukosa has allegedly been robbed out of K18 000 by two women of Tanzanian origin he invited for drinks in his room at Ndola Urban Hotel…” Mr Mutale said.
Mr Mutale said Mr Mukosa is not aware that the two women were prostitutes as they had earlier in the day as they ate breakfast introduced themselves as business women.
He said Mr Mukosa was intoxicated by the drug that was dropped in his drink while sitting around the swimming pool and that the two women offered to assist him to walk to is room where they robbed him after he fell unconscious.
“The two women were also booked in the Hotel in Room 14. We advise that Mr Mukosa was intoxicated by the drug that was dropped in his drink whilst sitting around the swimming pool and that the two women offered to assist him to walk to is room where they robbed him after he fell unconscious.
In the light of the above, our instructions are to request you to retract the portion of the story that states that Mr. Mukosa was allegedly robbed of K18000.00 by two women of Tanzanian origin whom he invited for drinks in his room at Ndola Urban Hotel,” Mr Mutale said.
He has since asked the Newspaper to retract a paragraph from the story which assumed that he invited the two women in his room.
“We note that this article has also been published on your online platform.Our instructions are that you should publish in print and on your online platform a corrected version and apology to Hon. Mukosa in the course of the next five days, failure to which we have instructions to commence action in the High Court for Zambia.Kindly note that Hon. Mukosa has by separate correspondence engaged the Hotel Management for its breach of mandatory statutory duties as provided for in the Hotel Act,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Monday, 3rd October, 2022)
Zambia to develop a progressive National Cultural Policy
GOVERNMENT says the country is committed to developing and implementing a responsive and dynamic National Cultural Policy that will effectively contribute to the development agenda.
Minister of Tourism Rodney Sikumba has stressed that Zambia is propagating a progressive policy document to make culture a public good that will be accessed by all.
Mr Sikumba said this at the ongoing Mondiacult 2022 conference which is being held in Mexico city organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO),a specialised agency of the United Nations aimed at promoting world peace and security through international cooperation in education, arts, sciences, and culture.
“Once implemented ,the National Cultural Policy will address issues of sustainable human development by addressing current challenges without affecting aspirations of future generations.Zambia is ready to continue playing its role as a major player in the field of cultural development,” he said.
The conference whose objective is to reflect on cultural policies in today’s context has attracted over 115 ministers from around the world.
Chilufya Tayali charged and arrested for hitting a female police officer with a kettle on her face
ECONOMIC and Equity Party (EEP) leader Chilufya Tayali has been charged and arrested for hitting a female police officer who was on duty on the face with a kettle at Chilenje police station whilist in custody.
Zambia Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident happened today in the hours of 08:00hours in the morning.
“Brief facts of the matter are that the wife to the suspect brought food and she was requested by the female police officer on duty to taste it as a procedure when someone brings food for suspects in custody. Then the Suspect got annoyed and said that you think my wife can poison me? From there he got the food and threw it on the floor and later on got a kettle and hit the female officer on the face. She sustained a swollen and painful face,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga has warned the general public that an assault on an individual police officer on duty is an assault on the entire Police Service.
“Such unlawful acts against any Police officer on duty shall not be tolerated as persons committing such unlawful acts shall be made to face the full wrath of the law as by law established,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 1st October, 2022)