ACC finally gives reports to Lungu

 

THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has started submitting its reports to the President after the Head of State complained that the Commission had stopped submitting reports of what it was doing to his office. In an interview with the Daily Nation, ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono disclosed that the Commission had already submitted its 2015 annual report to the Head of State. Mr Moono explained that the Commission like any other Government institution was mandated to submit reports on its operations to the Republican President. He said the commission was on course with its reports to the President and that the 2015 report was ready to be taken to Parliament. Mr Moono, however, could not comment on the complaint by the President that the Commission was not submitting reports to him. “We have been submitting all our reports like any other Government department, even the 2015 annual report was submitted and will soon be presented in Parliament. The Commission is on course with its submissions of reports to the President. If there is any other report, then I have to consult with the executive director first,” he said. President Lungu recently took a swipe at the ACC for being inept because of their failure to prosecute corruption cases. He wondered why the ACC no longer availed reports to the Office of the President as was the case before, when there were so many corrupt activities being conducted with impunity. He speculated that perhaps the ACC were used to a situation where they were directed on what to do and who to pursue. “I wonder why the ACC no longer avails reports to the Office of the President as has been the case before, when there are so many corrupt activities which are being conducted with impunity.  I will not use the ACC to fire anyone, but l expect them to operate efficiently and fairly” said President Lungu. And Mr Moono disclosed that the Commission has started investigating people cited for irregularities in the 2015 Auditor General’s report. “We have started investigating those who were cited for irregularities in the Auditor General’s report. So far, we have called nine people among those who were cited and we are carrying out investigations. We will continue pursuing all the people cited in the report until we get to the bottom of everything,” he said.

 

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