ACC engages chiefs in corruption fight

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————- Government says chiefs

are well positioned to take a leading role in developing programs that

will facilitate the reversal  of cultural and traditional customs promoting corruption.


Central province permanent secretary Annie Sinyangwe said in Kabwe

today that this would be in line with the social objectives of the

national Anti-Corruption policy.


Mrs. Sinyangwe said this in a speech read on her behalf by her deputy Ronald Sinyangwe

at a one day dissemination workshop for the national anti-corruption policy for

traditional leaders at Kabwe Lodge.


Mrs. Sinyangwe noted that as custodians of social values and norms in

communities, chiefs were therefore well placed for social mobilization

against corruption and subsequent enhancement of good and acceptable

values that deter corruption.


She said it was for this reason that the national anti-corruption

policy carries as one of its objectives, the need to facilitate chiefs

involvement in social mobilization against corruption.


She said while the fight against corruption is the responsibility of

everyone, the role played by traditional leaders is even greater because of the

influence that they have on their subjects.


She said government was happy and grateful that the department of

international development and other cooperating partners have

continued to provide support to Zambia in the anti-corruption fight.


And speaking earlier, Anti Corruption Commission  central province regional manager Charles

Mwanda said the purpose of the workshop was to highlight the roles

chiefs will play in the implementation of the policy and various

strategies that will be used.


Mr. Mwanda said the effective implementation of the national

anti-corruption policy is vital to the lives and welfare of the

people of Zambia as the scourge has been an impediment to economic



The workshop is being attended by chiefs from Itezhitezhi, Mumbwa and

Chibombo districts .