APPROACH TAKEN BY ACC AND DEC-IN FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION WORRIES APNAC

The African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption –APNAC- has noted with serious concern the approach taken by the Anti-Corruption Commission –ACC- and the Drug Enforcement Commission -DEC- in the fight against corruption to continue summoning and arresting suspects, properties ceased while depriving the owners before investigations are concluded.

APNAC Zambia Spokesperson Miles Sampa says this is despite the new dawn government and the President in particular, highly demonstrating goodwill towards the fight against corruption with a resounding call to zero tolerance on corruption, which APNAC fully supports.

Mr. Sampa says some searches carried out on suspect’s properties though having the blessing of the law, have been more of an ambush with a lot of illegalities such

as denying suspects access to follow the proceedings of search as well as denied the right to engage legal representation during the search.

He says APNAC therefore calls on the ACC and DEC to exercise professionalism in the execution of their mandates so as to inspire public confidence which is already eroded or the whole process may be rendered to be an academic exercise and a battle for politics.
Mr. Sampa says APNAC further requests the ACC and DEC to take interest in the reinstatements of public officers taking place to ensure that the officers being reinstated were not genuinely under some disciplinary action but now conveniently claiming to have been political victims.

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