says TayaliPRESIDENT Edgar Lungu should appoint a commission of inquiry into the privatization process and the recovery of assets through the Task Force on Corruption, the Zambian Voice has suggested.
Zambian Voice executive director Chilufya Tayali said the call to set up an inquiry was in view of the people who lost jobs and properties as the result of privatization, in line with Chapter 41 of the Inquiries Act of the Laws of Zambia.
Mr Tayali said while the Task Force on Corruption was aimed at recovery of national assets suspected to have been proceeds of corrupt activities, the Zambian people have undergone untold suffering as a result.
This is according to a letter he has written to President Lungu.
“Your Excellency, privatization was done in national interest to revamp our economy but it brought a lot of suffering among many Zambians who up to now are living in misery.
“The suffering of our people is not as a result of privatization but due to the selfishness of some of those people who were given the responsibility to manage the process,” he said.
Mr Tayali said the Zambian Voice represented the millions of citizens who suffered either by not being paid, underpaid or those who lost their properties due to lack of transparency and accountability in the process.
“As a servant of the people, Zambians look up to you for justice, transparency and accountability,” he said.
The Zambian Voice has challenged President Lungu to focus on operations of the Zambia Privatization Agency and the management of the recovered assets by the Task Force on Corruption.