The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has lost credibility because the corrupt cartel has extended its influence to it, says UPND chairperson for Labour Percy Chanda.
Mr Chanda said the ACC under the PF regime has lost direction because it is full of corrupt people who have made the corruption fight a waste of time.
In an interview, Mr. Chanda said that Zambians were going nowhere with the fight against corruption because the corrupt cartel had extended its wings to ACC with full blessings of those in top leadership.
Mr. Chanda said that the current ACC could not fight corruption to the expectation of the people of Zambia because it was highly and politically compromised to the level that it waited for the executive to issue instructions on who to investigate or not to.
He said that it was extremely shameful for ACC director general Roswin Wandi to mislead the nation that ACC was operating independently when it was evident enough that some political hand had of late issued instructions on who to probe and vice versa.
“I was shocked to hear that Ms. Wandi denied a fact which is in public domain that ACC is a discredited and compromised institution. I am surprised that she has denied that ACC was not operating under political influence.
“Yet we have seen President Sata issuing instructions to commence investigations and what does that mean? Even in the most recent corruption allegations at the Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) we saw that Mr. Sata instructed ACC to commerce investigations. So It is nonsensical that she wants to fool the people of Zambia by suggesting that she was carrying out her investigations independently without any political pressure,” said Mr. Chanda.
Mr. Chanda who is former Patriotic Front (PF) Kankoyo Member of Parliament in Mufulira said that corrupt elements in government could not fight corruption, adding that the picture and attitude the ACC had shown to the people of Zambia in the fight against corruption lacked confidence and credibility.
He said that the current investigations being carried out by ACC were cosmetic, to please the appointing authority at the expense of dispensing justice and respect of the rule of law.
“What do you expect from a director who has been intimidated or who is told who she should investigate and not? She will not operate independently and she has not operated independently as seen in the manner she has conducted herself on various issues involving top politicians,” he said.
Mr. Chanda said that ACC was corrupt and wondered if the Clive Chirwa and Mark Chona led board corruption allegations leveled against them would yield the desired results.
Various stakeholders have recently questioned the credibility and the level at which ACC has been compromised.