Reorganise ‘toothless’ACC, Govt urged

THE Evangelical Youth Alliance (EYA) has appealed to President Edgar Lungu to immediately review the composition of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) board as it has allegedly lost vigour in the fight to reduce corruption in the country.

EYA executive director Moses Lungu has told the Daily Nation that there was need for an immediate disbandment of the commission so that credible individuals who were willing to fight corruption to the end were appointed.

Rev. Lungu said there were a number of corruption cases both in the private and public sector which were swept under the carpet because some officers were not executing their duties professionally.

He charged that in its current form the ACC’s operations did not inspire Zambians because it had become a ‘‘toothless’’ institution which had failed to act on cases that were of public interest.

He said Government’s fight against corruption had been derailed due to lack of institutions that were operating according to their mandate, adding that there was no need to keep the current crop of officers at the ACC because it had failed due to its reluctance to act.

“As EYA we are deeply concerned with the operations of the ACC just like other stakeholders have observed. It lacks the vigour with which it operated when it was established and we hereby appeal to President Lungu to review the composition of that institution if it is to serve Zambians according to its mandate.

“There are a lot of cases of corruption which have been in public domain which to date Zambians are still waiting for their conclusion. Worse still, there are certain cases which have not even been investigated and this has made it difficult for Government to reduce corruption due to its inertia and this is why we need credible individuals to run that institution,” Rev. Lungu said.

He said no system of governance could yield positive results where corruption thrived, adding that the ‘‘compromised ACC’’ had given room to corrupt elements and rendered the fight against it meaningless.

“The commission’s operations leave a lot to be desired. Surely, do they expect the President to speak before they act? The fight against corruption is almost becoming meaningless because those entrusted with public responsibility are not doing enough,” he said.

The ACC has come under heavy criticism from some sections of society over its alleged failure to investigate and conclude high profile cases.

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