The Anti Corruption Commission received a total of five hundred and ninety six (596) reports of suspected cases of corruption in the first quarter of 2014.
And the Commission has confirmed that it is investigating Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili over the adverts in the Times of Zambia and Zambia Daily Mail newspapers congratulating him for acquiring a degree from CopperStone University.
Speaking during a media briefing in Lusaka today, ACC Public Relations Manager, Timothy Moono, says out of the 596 cases, three hundred and ninety nine (399) reports did not have elements of corruption and as such advice was given to all those that provided the information on how best to pursue the matters.
Mr. Moono says one hundred and ninety seven (197) reports contained elements of corruption and of these reports; one hundred and forty (140) were authorized for investigations.
He has disclosed that these include twenty two (22) cases arising from the 2012 Auditor General’s report.
Mr Moono says fifty seven (57) reports did not have sufficient details of corruption offence to warrant investigations, but were either referred to relevant institutions for administrative action or complainants advised on other course of action to take.
He further disclosed that the commission recorded nine arrests countrywide during the first quarter with one conviction recorded.
Mr Moono says as at 31st March, 2014, there were a total of one thousand one hundred and ninety two (1, 192) cases under investigations.
Meanwhile, Mr. Moono has disclosed that investigations into allegations of misappropriation of Constituency Development Funds against Pambashe and Mwansabombwe Members of Parliament Ronald Chitotela and Rodgers Mwewa respectively have reached an advance stage.
Mr. Moono has also indicated that investigations regarding alleged abuse of office against former Permanent Secretary for Administration at Cabinet office, Anna Mwitwa Mwewa have also reached an advanced stage.