Take drastic action against all underperforming parastatal heads – TIZ

Cyprian Chitundu
Cyprian Chitundu

Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) has called on President Edgar Lungu to consider swiftly take drastic actions against all parastatal heads that are not performing and accounting for public funds.

TIZ Executive Director Goodwell Lungu in a statement issued to QFM News says his organisation is displeased with the latest revelations in the just released Auditor General Report on Parastal companies for 2013.

Mr Lungu says in dealing with parastatal heads, TIZ strongly recommends among others outright dismissals of Chief Executive Officers whose parastatals have allowed such irregularities to be perpetuated.

Mr Lungu adds that the Chief Executive Officers should also take clear drastic action on all erring officers who have not acted appropriately to account for public funds in order to save the millions of public funds kwacha.

He says TIZ further recommends that law enforcement agencies should swiftly deal with all culprits cited in the Auditor General’s report.

Mr Lungu says it is not enough to continue paying lip service when huge public funds are being lost, stating that time for lip service is over, as it is now time to take drastic action and produce tangible results that will benefit many Zambians.

He states that TIZ will not allow recycled people with corrupt or criminal records to continue serving in these parastatals.

Mr Lungu says TIZ will follow up all the reports in the Auditor General’s report and name and shame the those whose conduct fall in the category of abuse of office and corruption.

Mr Lungu says it is worrying that the country has continued to lose huge sums of money at the expense of disgruntled and incompetent public officers who have continued to fail to account for public resources at the expense of many Zambians.

He since called on the Republican President to continue with the vision of zero tolerance to corruption left by the Late President Michael Sata.