CORRUPTION has devastating effects on the national economy and individual lives and the Patriotic Front (PF) Government is determined that the vice is stamped out of the country, President Edgar Lungu has said.
President Lungu said Zambians should ensure that corruption chains were severed.
The President said there was need for Zambians to vehemently reject corruption and stressed that the fight against graft would continue to be high on the Government’s development agenda.
The Head of State said corruption often weakened democratic institutions, prevented the rule of law, discouraged investment apart from undercutting public confidence.
Addressing the nation on ZNBC television yesterday to launch the United Nations (UN) Anti-Corruption Week, President Lungu said Zambia was a signatory to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and was committed to fighting the vice.
This year’s theme is ‘Break the corruption chain.’
“As citizens of this country, we must ensure that we stamp out corruption from our nation. If the corruption chain is severed, we will mitigate the vice to low levels that any corrupt activities will easily be detected and dealt with decisively.
‘‘There is need for us to reflect on the devastating effects corruption has on the economy and individual lives and choose to vehemently reject corruption,” President Lungu said. President Lungu said it was gratifying that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) had continued to execute its mandate by devising new strategies of combating the vice.
He said the decentralization of the ACC’s operations to district level had taken the commission closer to communities and had enhanced efforts aimed at curbing the vice.
“Zambia has made significant progress towards addressing corruption as evidenced by both local and international data. Transparency International’s corruption perception index (CPI) rating between 2010 and 2014 indicates that corruption levels in Zambia are decreasing. The Ibrahim Index on African Governance, an international study conducted every year by the MO Ibrahim Foundation, shows that Zambia is making progress in the fight against corruption,” President Lungu said.
The Head of State stated that his Government had been firm in ensuring that public officials found wanting including senior Government officers were investigated and prosecuted in accordance with the law.