The admission by the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) that it cannot probe Mutembo Nchito has vindicated UPND over its doubts about PF government’s commitment to fight corruption, says its president Hakainde Hichilema.
Mr. Hichilema who described the conduct of the ACC as shameful and disgraceful said he was not surprised by ACC statement that it did not have the mandate to investigate the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito of corruption and abuse of office allegations.
“It is not strange that the ACC has finally spoken out that they don’t have the mandate to investigate corruption and abuse of office allegations against Mutembo Nchito, ” he said.
Commenting on the revelations that ACC cannot investigate the DPP corruptly entering two nolle prosequi in criminal matters in favour of Finance Bank Zambia Limited Chairman Rajan Mahtani in apparent exchange for the US$4.2 million debt he (Nchito) owed to the bank, Mr. Hichilema said that his party had been vindicated when it questioned the commitment of the PF government in the fight against corruption.
He said the ACC was highly compromised and the effort in the fight against corruption was being frustrated by these people in government.
” Last time I was arrested for saying the President Michael Sata had instructed ACC not to investigate the corruption allegations against Wynter Kabimba. What would you say now that ACC has come out in the open that they don’t have the mandate to investigate DPP for corruption?” wondered Mr. Hichilema.
He said that Zambia was now under serious siege by corrupt political leaders whose interests was to steal from the coffers of the nation.
Mr. Hichilema said that the fight against corruption in the PF government was just a smokescreen intended for political enemies of PF and not to better the lives of the people.
ACC spokesperson Timothy Moono told a media briefing recently that the commission could not investigate Mr. Nchito because the issues of corruption raised against him were not within their mandate.
The allegations, he said, were not beyond the scope of the commission, adding that ACC had written to the complainant Mr. Changala advising him accordingly.
Mr. Hichilema observed that the PF fight against corruption was intended at shielding corrupt elements within the PF government and its leadership.
“This is a corrupt government; it is not for me to say but for the people of Zambia to see for themselves. This is total dontchi kubeba again. The people of Zambia thought that they had voted for a government that cared for them but it was something different.
” It is therefore my appeal to Zambians to open up their ears and eyes and see what the PF government is doing in the fight against corruption,” he said.
He said that the Nchito case was a serious test of the PF government and President Sata in particular to take drastic decision if he was committed to the corruption fight.
Mr. Hichilema warned that all those that survived corruption charges by being shielded by those in leadership would one day pay heavily when the PF government was kicked out of power.
“It is our humble warning to people given authority to serve the country in various positions to take keen interest in matters that affect the people of Zambia. We shall revisit all these acquittals Mutembo Nchito has entered into. We shall revisit the corruption allegations against Mutembo Nchito.
” And for officers at ACC they must know that they have the mandate, a constitutional mandate to investigate anyone. The next government would want to keep and maintain people with high moral integrity to serve in those positions,” said Mr. Hichilema.
He said that it was sad that the corrupt cartel had grown deep roots into all institutions of governance starting with parliament, the executive and in some cases trying to infiltrate the judiciary.
“The fight against corruption needs a level headed government and leadership not this government which thrives on corruption and abuse of authority to intimidate its citizen for speaking out. I therefore want to challenge the Church to speak out about the evil in this government,” he said.