The fight against corruption has failed to gain traction because there are far too many cowards and hypocrites involved.
Instead of targeting real cases of corruption, party cadres masquerading as civil society operatives are content in promoting political causes against soft targets such as former President Rupiah Banda, who is ill equipped and has no ready media to offer real time responses.
These lily-livered cowards will wax all moral and indignant attacking old RB, but will quiver in fright and not utter a word against real corruption that involves billions of Kwacha. They are nowhere near the campaign against tax evasion, theft of public resources and plunder of assets from sequestrated properties by the defunct Task Force on Corruption.
They are nowhere near the corrupt oil procurement deals.
These are campaigns that public spirited private citizens are championing at great cost to themselves. Some have suffered at the hands of “corrupted” institutions of governance that have connived to silence them through contrived searches and prosecutions.
It is pathetic that those who are paid by donors to fight corruption would rather operate in comfort zones, coming out now and then to attack RB and other soft targets, when there are bigger cases of corruption staring them in the face. Where are they in the Trafigura oil procurement scandal? They are mute. Where are they in the Access Finance, Tedworth properties plunder cases in which the courts of law have found serious wrong-doing? They are mute. They cannot even use their privileged position to investigate and identify the people who are running the New York account into which money is being stashed.
It is common knowledge that proceeds from that deal will feature in the 2016 general and presidential elections. The money stolen from the Zambian people will be used to campaign for a regime that will favour plunderers who have lost power and influence.
Indeed we stood alone in courts of law when we questioned the abuse of political authority to protect thieves and plunderers. None of the vociferous anti-corruption bodies offered any support when judges who were alleged to have “interfered” in a political massaging of a theft case were suspended.
For far too long the fight against corruption has been used to sustain profligate lifestyles, including donations to churches which readily receive ill-gotten wealth procured at great cost against the suffering of innocent people.
These churches know that the money they use for renovations and improvement is the result of corruption, but will not stand up to the truth and challenge those evil-hearted crooks who donate it. This is the worst form of hypocrisy.
We would like to challenge the African Parliamentarians’ Network Against Corruption (APNAC) , Zambia branch, to seriously reconstitute itself to become relevant to the corruption fight by joining the demand for an inquiry into the very brazen thefts and abuses of public resources that private citizens are waging.
As it stands APNAC is a toothless and totally irrelevant institution that is engaged in selective campaigns that are equally irrelevant to the genuine fight against corruption. Otherwise where are they in the oil procurement saga in which a company that allegedly offered a bribe is still supplying oil?