he Anti-Corruption Commission wishes to respond to the headline story carried by the Daily Nation of Friday 23rd May, 2014 captioned “ACC Shielding Plunderers”.
The Commission notes with regret, the assertions made in the story and wishes to categorically state that the story lacks merit.
In the above captioned News item, a Mr.Brebner Changala was quoted as having said that the Anti-Corruption Commission was shielding and protecting well known corrupt elements who were working with individuals at the Bank of Zambia in looting Tedworth Properties’ rentals for many years. He was further quoted as having said that despite a High Court Judgment by Judge Phillip Musonda ordering the Bank of Zambia to surrender the properties back to the Commission, nothing much had been done to audit the properties. The News item tied the Commission to being an accomplice to the alleged looting.
The Commission wishes to state that the High Court passed judgement that the Properties be returned to Tedworth Properties and being dissatisfied with this, the ACC appealed against the decision of the High Court. The appeal in this regard is pending hearing by the Supreme Court.
In the meantime, the properties are being managed by a Property manager and the rentals are being collected and accounted for. Therefore, it is not true that the ACC is shielding plunderers.
The Commission wishes to advise all concerned to await the outcome of the appeal which is before the Supreme Court and to respect the due process of the law as is expected of every citizen.
PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER.