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ACC ACTING DIRECTOR GENERAL MUST RESIGN – AN EDITORIAL
There is nothing to applaud in Republican President Edgar Lungu’s directive to Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo to have the agencies under his ministry investigate and establish the identity of the owner(s) or beneficial owner(s) of the now famous 48 Lusaka properties that have supposedly been seized and forfeited to the state by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The act by the head of state is an indication that investigative agencies even those that are statutory agencies with powers to act independently from political interference are in actual sense at the beck and call of our politicians despite repeated denials.
The incredulity expressed by Zambians from all political persuasions including supporters of the ruling Patriotic Front about how an agency such as the ACC can give juvenile excuses for dereliction of duty is unprecedented.
The confession by ACC Acting Director General Rosemary Nkonde Khuzwayo, on national television that the commission has failed to identify the owner of the properties is an indictment of the capacity of the commission to investigate and eventually prosecute high corruption, and, it is an indictment of her capacity to head the commission.
In this light, she should resign and pave way for leadership at the institution that will be in tune with the wishes of the people of Zambia and the ACC Act.
If President Edgar Lungu thinks it is possible to establish the identity of the beneficial owner of the properties, why does the ACC Acting Director General think it is not? What will the ACC do differently under political direction that they failed to do under their existing mandate?
The Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2012 provides sufficient powers and functions for the prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution and punishment of corrupt practices and related offences based on the rule of law, integrity, transparency, accountability and management of public affairs and property.
It also provides for the development, implementation and maintenance of coordinated anticorruption strategies through the promotion of public participation, the protection of witnesses, experts, victims and other persons assisting the Commission.
So why is the Acting Director General crying about incapacity?
If this is the extent to which the commission operates, it is no doubt that the latest Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) Report accurately describes the inaction and worrying lethargy to act by the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) to whom it has passed valuable intelligence and evidence for prosecution.
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