FDD applauds Govt

FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza
FDD Spokesperson Antonio Mwanza

THE Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) has praised Government for the political will it has shown in fighting corruption in Zambia.

FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza said in an interview yesterday that the FDD supported President Michael Sata’s stance on fighting corruption as could be evidenced from the recent dismissal of two deputy ministers over corruption charges.

Mr Mwanza said there could be no corruption fight worth discussing without accompanying action.

He regretted that every year the Auditor General’s report was released, there was no action taken to follow up the issues raised.

Mr Mwanza said there was need for a law to allow the Auditor General to submit reports directly to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for the speedy prosecution of culprits.

He said the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament should also have a force of law.

Mr Mwanza urged the Government to increase the budgetary allocation to the Auditor
General’s office and to decentralise its operations for people to easily access it and make submissions.

He said the Government should protect whistle blowers, and that the Judiciary should also be reformed and autonomy granted to the Anti-Corruption Commission.

Last week, President Sata dropped two deputy ministers for their alleged involvement in corrupt practices.


SOURCE: Times of Zambia