The Zambia Youths Association in the Fight against Corruption (ZYAFAC) has challenged the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) to arrest Labour and Social Security Minister Fackson Shamenda for abrogating the Anti- Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012.
ZYAFAC’s call comes in wake of the ACC%u2019s decision not to institute investigations into allegations made by Mr. Shamenda that a Dangote Industries Zambia official attempted to bribe him and did not report the matter to the Police or ACC within 24 hours as stipulated by section 39(1) of the ACC Act NO.3 OF 2012.
ZYAFAC Executive Director Rickson Kanema has told QFM News in a telephone interview that Mr. Shamenda being a Public Officers is aware that he was supposed to report the matter to relevant authorities within 24 hours for effective investigations.
Mr. Kanema says it is disappointing to learn that even Cabinet Ministers seem not to be aware of the procedure of reporting corrupt practices to the ACC when they should be the ones to edify the people about such issues.
And Mr. Kanema says calls to have the ACC Act revisited are misplaced because the Act is very clear about reporting suspected cases of corruption to ACC or Police within 24 hours.
He says it is for this reason that his organization is calling for the arrest of Mr. Shamenda for not reporting the alleged bribe with 24 hours to the ACC or Police.
( Wednesday 24th September 2014 )