Zambian president says crusade against corruption in effect

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Hakainde Hichilema waves to his supporters during the inauguration ceremony at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia, on Aug. 24, 2021. Hundreds of dignitaries and thousands of ordinary citizens on Tuesday thronged the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, to witness the inauguration of the country's new President Hakainde Hichilema. (Photo by Martin Mbangweta/Xinhua)
Hakainde Hichilema waves to his supporters during the inauguration ceremony at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia, on Aug. 24, 2021. Hundreds of dignitaries and thousands of ordinary citizens on Tuesday thronged the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka, the Zambian capital, to witness the inauguration of the country's new President Hakainde Hichilema. (Photo by Martin Mbangweta/Xinhua)

Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema said on Thursday that the crusade against corruption is in effect and there will be no sacred cows.

The Zambian president said this during a meeting with senior citizens under an umbrella body, Our Civic Duty Association at State House, according to a statement posted on his Facebook page.

The Zambian president has assured that no political hand will be used in the fight against corruption but that the government will allow relevant institutions to pursue the cases independently.

“We therefore call on all Zambians to support them by any means necessary. We also reiterate that those who will be found wanting will be taken through the set rules and laws and that no one should be arrested before investigations are done,” he said.

Since winning last month’s general elections, Hichilema has made the fight against corruption among the top priorities on his agenda and some senior leaders from the previous government are currently under investigation.

Meanwhile, Hichilema has reiterated his government’s resolve to ensure that national resources are distributed fairly, equitably and across the country. Enditem

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