THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) says it is investigating nine cases cited in the Auditor General’s report for misappropriation and misapplication of public funds and abuse of office.
And the ACC has revealed that during the 3rd quarter under review, it received a total of 288 reports of suspected cases of corruption.
On Tuesday, President Lungu said all those who have been cited in the Auditor General’s report for misappropriation and misapplication of public funds and abuse of office must be arrested and prosecuted because it is a crime to loot public resources.
The Head of State said there was no need for him to move and order the law enforcement agencies to arrest those cited in the AG’s report because the law, framework and funding was given to all the law enforcement agencies to effectively and efficiently perform their functions.
ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono yesterday told a media briefing that the Commission had picked a total of 15 cases from the Auditor-General’s report.
He said only nine cases were authorised for investigations, while five were referred to relevant institutions for administrative action. Mr Moono said one case was recommended for Corruption Prevention Exercise.
And when asked how far the Commission had gone with investigations, Mr Moono said investigations in the nine cases were ongoing and had reached an advanced stage.
“The Commission also takes note of the Auditor-General’s Report recently released and the issues reported in it.
“The Commission further takes cognizance of the statement by President Lungu that law enforcement institutions should deal with the cases in the reports in accordance with their mandates,” Mr Moono said.
He said the Commission, in collaboration with the Office of the Auditor General had been investigating some cases arising from the report, adding that a signed Memorandum of Understanding between the ACC and the Auditor-General’s office enabled the Commission to have access to these cases even before the 2015 Report was released.
Meanwhile, Mr Moono said during the quarter under review the Commission received a total of 288 reports of suspected cases of corruption.
“Out of these cases, 204 reports did not have elements of corruption and as such advice was given to those that provided the information on how to best pursue the matters.
“84 reports contained elements of corruption and out of which 57 were authorised for investigations. 27 reports did not have sufficient details of the corruption offence to warrant investigation to be conducted,” Mr Moono said.
He said some of the cases were referred for corruption prevention exercise while others were closed with no further action, adding that complaints in the matters were also advised accordingly.
“Currently, the Commission has a total of 588 cases under investigation. The Commission recorded two arrests and two convictions country-wide. By close of the quarter, there were 85 prosecution cases before the courts of law,” Mr Moono said.