Govt makes strides in corruption fight

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—Acting Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, Fackson Shamenda, says government’s crusade against corruption and financial indiscipline is yielding positive results.

Mr Shamenda, who is also Acting Chief Government Spokesperson, has cited the latest Auditor General’s report for the financial year 2012 which has recorded a sharp decrease in the misappropriation of public funds since the Patriotic Front government came into office in 2011.

He said in a statement made available to ZANIS that the Auditor General’s report shows that funds misappropriated in 2012 amounted to K463,000 compared to the year 2011 and 2010 where about K1m was misappropriated.

“This splendid performance has not come by accident but as a result of a deliberate, consistent and aggressive fight against corruption and embezzlement of public resources being waged by the government under the leadership of Michael Sata,” he said.

Mr Shamenda has since commended law enforcement agencies, stakeholders and the general public for their collective support, resolve and determination in the fight against corruption which has seen a drastic reduction in the misuse and misappropriation of public resources as reflected in the 2012 Auditor General’s report.

He further said the country is in a hurry to develop hence it is government’s resolve and commitment that public funds are put to good use for the benefit and improvement of people’s living standards.