THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) should not allow itself to be used to pursue an agenda of settling political scores by a clique of individuals who have over the years propagated hate messages against their imaginary political foes.
The credibility of the ACC has been roundly questioned by civil rights activists and the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) for allegedly being used to champion an anti-President Edgar Lungu campaign by asking the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) to appeal against the acquittal of former president Rupiah Banda.
Civil rights activist Brebner Changala has challenged the ACC to spell out the new evidence from the former president’s case which had compelled them to consider appealing against the ruling of the magistrates court four months after the judgment was delivered.
Mr Changala wondered what new evidence the ACC had gathered to consider filing for an appeal in the High Court and perpetually make former president Banda a symbol of the country’s injustice system.
He said the reopening of president Banda’s case was not going to be of benefit to anyone including the ACC but will be meant to satisfy the ego of those who had launched a fierce fight against President Lungu and his administration.
Mr Changala said whoever was agitating to keep former president Banda in the corridors of the courts was an evil man because the former head of State was acquitted and should therefore be allowed to rest for the remaining part of his life.
“What has prompted the ACC to wake up from slumber four months after president Banda was acquitted? What are the grounds of their appeal? ACC is an important State institution running of huge tax-payers’ money and should not allow itself to be used to settle political scores. It is high time the ACC got reorganized and stop playing with people’s lives in order to remain relevant. What new evidence does the ACC have to perpetually keep former president Banda in the corridors of the courts? Mr Banda has suffered enough humiliation at the hands of his enemies and must be allowed to rest. ACC should refuse to be used to harass citizens perceived to be enemies of a chosen group of individuals,” Mr Changala said.
And the Patriotic Front (PF) youths in Lusaka have accused the Post Newspaper of having set up the agenda for the ACC to consider appealing against the acquittal of former president Banda in its alleged schemes of a campaign to continue demonising President Edgar Lungu.
PF Lusaka Province youth chairman Kennedy Kamba and Lusaka district information and publicity secretary Yusuf Banda told the Daily Nation that the youths in Lusaka were shocked that the ACC were attempting to reopen Mr Banda’s corruption case four months after it was closed.
Mr Kamba said it was unconstitutional for the ACC to have written to the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) demanding an appeal against the acquittal of former president Banda.
Mr Kamba said the powers of the Director of Public Prosecutions were clearly laid down in the Constitution and that the ACC had no authority to instruct the office of the DPP to reopen a case.
Mr Kamba said the PF was fully aware that the Post Newspaper was allegedly pushing an agenda against Government and that the newspaper was allegedly using State institutions such as the ACC to drive its agenda.
He recalled that just a week ago, the Post Newspaper launched vile attacks against the ACC, branding the institution useless and inept, incapable of fighting graft.