The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has disbursed a total of KR180,000 to eighteen civil society organisations for sensitization activities in various districts throughout the country.
Speaking during a media briefing in Lusaka today, ACC Corporate Affairs Officer Christopher Chibanku said the activities are meant to compliment the efforts of the Commission in public sensitization on corruption matters especially in rural areas where it has no presence.
Mr. Chibanku also called on Chief Executive Officers of Public and Private institutions to take seriously the Government Integrity Programme which encompasses Integrity Committees(ICs) and Corruption Vulnerability Assessments (CVAs)saying it presents a real opportunity to significantly reduce corruption and enhance service delivery.
He said CVAs and ICs are an important weapon in the fight against corruption, adding that the existing ones have continued to develop and implement corruption prevention measures in their respective institutions.
Mr. Chibanku noted that ICs have the capacity to raise the standard of service delivery in institutions to a level where delays and other unsound bureaucratic practices which fuel corruption are curtailed.
He said it is for this reason that the ACC has continued to roll out the establishment of Integrity Committees as provided for in the National Anti Corruption Policy.
Mr. Chibanku revealed that three new Integrity Committees have been established at Solwezi Provincial Administration, Kawambwa District Council, and the Zambia Bureau of Standards, bringing the total number to 32.
He disclosed that the commission conducted induction training for integrity committee members meant to equip them with skills in developing and mainstreaming anti-corruption programs in work places in order to promote integrity in the delivery of services in their respective Institutions.