PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu must take swift action against all parastatal heads that are failing to perform and account for public funds, Transparency International Zambia executive director Goodwell Lungu has said.
Mr. Lungu said TIZ was gravely concerned with the manner in which public funds were being abused by public officers and that the trend should come to an end if Government was to meaningfully spend resources on viable programmes.
He said President Lungu should take it upon himself and deal with the ministries, Government departments and officers involved in the abuse of public funds to stop the vice.
Mr. Lungu said all Government workers involved in the pilferage of Government resources should be dismissed.
“In dealing with these officials, we strongly recommend among other measures outright dismissals of chief executive officers whose parastatals have allowed such irregularities to be perpetuated. The chief executive officers should also take clear drastic action on all erring officers who have not acted appropriately to account for public funds in order to save millions in public funds,” said Mr. Lungu.
“The time for lip service is over, as it is now time to take drastic action and produce tangible results that will benefit many Zambians. We also want to put it on record that as TIZ, we will not allow recycled people with corrupt or criminal records to continue serving in these parastatals.
“We promise as TIZ to follow up all the reports in the Auditor General’s report and name and shame those whose conduct falls in the category of abuse of office and corruption.
We also call on the Republican President to continue with the vision of zero tolerance to corruption left by the late President Michael Sata,” he said.
The call comes in the wake of latest revelations in the just released Auditor General’s report for 2013 on parastatals revealing financial and other irregularities with the highest being non-remittance of statutory contributions of K142, 500,901 followed by inadequately supported payments of K6, 479,256.
Mr. Lungu said it was worrying that the country had continued to lose huge sums of money at the expense of disgruntled and incompetent public officers who have continued not to account for public funds.
“TIZ would like to note that it is worrying that the country has continued to lose huge sums of money at the expense of disgruntled and incompetent public officers who have continued not to account for public resources at the expense of many Zambians,” said Mr. Lungu.