The Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) has commended President Michael Sata for heeding to calls for the firing of Labour deputy Minister Ronald Chitotela and his Agriculture counterpart Rogers Mwewa for their allegedly fraudulent involvement in the purchase of secondhand ambulances for their constituencies using constituency development funds.
FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza has tells Qfm News that this is the kind of political will and action needed if the country is to meaningfully fight corruption and abuse of authority.
Mr. Mwanza has also recommended the need to enact legislation that will guarantee the absolute independence and autonomy of the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) and the Judiciary to effectively enhance the fight against corruption.
He adds that there is also need to enact legislation that will give the Auditor General’s Report the force of law to bind the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to act on the Reports without delay.
Mr. Mwanza stresses that the FDD is concerned that little or no action is taken to bring the culprits named in the Auditor General’s Report to account.
The FDD Spokesperson has further called for increased budgetary allocation to the office of the Auditor General for training, capacity building and decentralization of its operations.
Mr. Mwanza has also urged Zambians to make the fight against corruption their personal fight and not leave it to government alone.