ACC happy with successes scored in 2014

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has continued to score a number of successes in the fight against corruption, says public relations manager Timothy Moono.

Mr Moono  said the ACC made a number of arrests and secured a number of convictions in 2014.

In  a press statement released in Lusaka yesterday Mr. Moono said that was made possible through the implementation of the national anti-corruption policy and the integrity committee programme which had continued to progress steadily.

“ Some highlights of high profile arrests, ongoing matters and convictions which occurred during the year under review included, the arrest of former Copperbelt police commissioner Mary Tembo, former Zambia Railways Limited chief executive officer Clive Chirwa and others,” he said

Mr Moono said that other high profile cases involved the conviction of former ZAF commander, Gen Andrew Sakala, the arrest of Livingstone town clerk Vivien Chikoti and former director of engineering at Kabwe Municipal Council Cosmas Mpundu among others.

Mr. Moono added that last year, the ACC received a total of 2,245 reports of suspected corruption compared to 1,987 reports received in 2013, translating in an increase of 258 reports.

He said by the close of the year, there were a total of 1, 316 cases under investigations and 35 arrests countrywide while 64 prosecution cases were before the courts of law.

The ACC secured 10 convictions and recorded five acquittals, 12 cases were pending judgment, and four cases were appealed against.

He said in 2014, the ACC begun its operational expansion exercise with the aim of creating presence at district level with Chirundu office opened.

“The Commission is pleased with the support it continues to receive from the general public as well as from key stakeholders. I would like to thank the government, corporating partners, other law enforcement agencies, civil society organizations and the media for their confidence placed on the Commission for their continued support in the fight against graft. This is a major ingredient in making headway in the fight against corruption,” Mr. Moono said.


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