District Commissioner Moses Katebe says corruption has serious effects on an individual and the nation as a whole hence the need for all well-meaning Zambians to join hands in the fight against the vice.
Mr Katebe said this in Mpika yesterday at the Corruption Prevention in the Accessibility, Utilisation and Management of Constituency Funds (CDF) Information Sharing Forum held at Mango Groove.
He told participants drawn from government departments, local authority, civic organizations, the church and the media that the government is committed to the fight against corruption and this is the reason why one of the controversial clauses in the Anti Corruption Bill of Abuse of authority of office has been re-introduced by the PF government.
He said that corruption retards development and should therefore, not be allowed to take root in the country.
Speaking at the same function, Anti Voter Apathy (AVAP) Regional Coordinator for Northern and Muchinga Provinces Kelly Kashiwa said corruption impedes democracy and the rule of law.
Mr Kashiwa said that corruption also distorts political participation and reduces transparency in society.
Mr Kashiwa noted that the impact of corruption is often manifested through poor standard of work, unfairness in service delivery and depletion of national resources.
He charged that one of the challenges that our country is grappling with is the eradication of poverty, a developmental challenge which he said is much promoted by the impact of corruption hence the need not to relent in fighting this scourge.
Mr Kashiwa also commended the government on its committed to the fight against corruption.
The AVAP Regional Coordinator said the Ministry of Local Government and Housing in particular deserves to be commended for measures so far taken in ensuring corruption prevention in the accessibility, utilization and management of CDF funds.