ACC inertia irks Gallant Youths

THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) takes too long to investigate cases which in some instances end up without a clear outcome despite efforts by members of the public to report to the commission, says the Gallant Youth in Zambia executive director Henry Mulenga.

He observed with concern that the slow pace at which most cases under the investigations of ACC were taking.

Mr Mulenga said delays by the ACC to investigate certain cases was breeding corruption and denied justice to those who would have reported the cases, saying there should be transparency in the manner investigations were done.

“How many cases do we have that are still under investigations at ACC and they are all piling without any outcomes, which at times might prove how toothless the institution can be.

“We have cases like those of the Trafigura oil deals, FAZ issue, local publishers to mention but a few, and how do you instill trust in a wing that seemingly looks incompetent,” he said.

Mr Mulenga said the commission must be proactive to ensure the cases of reported corruption were dealt with severely, saying it was disappointing that in most cases the ACC were only proactive on petty issues instead of dealing with issues that were robbing the country’s of it’s resources for the development of the nation.

He said Zambians would not consider the ACC relevant should they ignore such issues, because the corruption activities in the country were still many.

“Let ACC redeem itself by being proactive and expedite the process when investigating cases before them so that citizens remain confident with what they are doing,” he said. Mr Mulenga said public resources were mismanaged and yet people who were found wanting were left scot-free instead of them accounting for their actions,  especially that ordinary Zambians were the ones who suffered at the end of the day.