TRANSPARENCY International Zambia (TIZ) has welcomed President Edgar Lungu’s call for the arrest of those cited for financial irregularities in the latest Auditor General’s report.
TIZ executive director Goodwell Lungu said it was exactly what his organisation had demanded for when it called for the immediate arrests and dismissals of all government officials cited in all forms of irregularities in the 2015 audit report.
In a statement issued yesterday, Mr Lungu said that the organisation expected a minimum of 50 culprits to be brought to book by December this year.
“(TIZ) has welcomed President Edgar Lungu’s call for the arrest of those cited for financial irregularities in the latest Auditor General’s report. TIZ, therefore, expects a minimum of 50 arrests of such culprits by December this year,” he said.
Mr Lungu said TIZ agreed with President Lungu’s observation that the Law enforcement agencies had not performed very well in arresting culprits involved in public sector financial scandals.
He said that it should not take the Head of State to remind the Law enforcement agencies to do their work.
Mr Lungu said TIZ reiterated its earlier position that Law enforcement agencies need to quickly identify all the culprits and have them arrested.
He has further called on all controlling officers to identify perpetrators of misuse of public funds to be dismissed or suspended.
Mr Lungu added that controlling officers should also not wait for the Head of State to remind them to perform their duties.