Edgar Lungu
Edgar Lungu

Zambia on Monday joined the rest of the world in commemorating the 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day with President Edgar Lungu warning that there will be no sacred cows in his government’s quest to fight corruption.

The Zambian leader said he expected law enforcement agencies to do their work diligently without choosing who to arrest or investigate.

It is the responsibility of law enforcement agencies to choose who to arrest based on their investigations, he added.

The theme for this year’s commemoration is “United Against Corruption” and the Zambian leader noted that fight corruption requires concerted efforts from all stakeholders and should not be left to government alone.

According to him, the fight against corruption should not be politicized and called all stakeholders to play their part in fighting the scourge.

He expressed that huge financial resources were either misapplied or misappropriated in the public sector, adding that there was need to restore sanity in the utilization of public resources.

Meanwhile, United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator Coumba Mar Gadio said the UN was ready to foster anti-corruption efforts in Zambia.

He said the UN through its various programs has always been committed to work with the government to not only accelerate progress to Agenda 2030 and attainment of Sustainable Development Goals but also in fighting vices such as corruption which has negative effects on development.

Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International Zambia said Zambia requires a new policy that will take the fight against corruption to another level.

Reuben Lifuka, the organization’s president said there was need for a new approach to the fight against corruption. Enditem

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