The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided not to institute investigations into allegations made by Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda that a Dangote Industries Zambia official attempted to bribe him.
ACC Public Relations Manager Timothy Moono in a statement made available to QFM News says while the commission confirms receipt of the complaint on the matter from Mr Shamenda, it has decided not to institute any investigations after due consideration of the complaint.
Mr Moono says in arriving at this decision the Commission has taken into consideration, among other issues, the circumstances and likelihood of an investigation which will disclose facts that show that an offence was committed under the Anti- Corruption Act.
He says the Commission reminds members of the public to always report any cases of alleged or suspected corrupt practices directly and in confidence to the ACC.
Mr Moono points out that in terms of Section 39 (1) of the Anti- Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012, Public Officers are particularly required to make a full report to the ACC or the Police, of any gratification corruptly given, promised or offered to them within twenty- four (24) hours of the occurrence of the event.
He says failure to do so without reasonable cause, amounts to an offence on the part of the public officer who is liable, upon conviction to a fine not exceeding two hundred thousand (200, 000) penalty units or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two (2) years, or both.
Mr Moono says Commission is encouraging all members of the public and public officers alike to report all cases of alleged or suspected corrupt practices directly and in confidence in order for the Commission to appropriately and timely deal with the cases in line with its mandate under the law.
( Tuesday 23rd September 2014 )