ZAMBIA Police is perceived to be the most corrupt institution in Zambia followed by the local authorities, according to the Zambia Bribe Payer’s Index Report (ZBPI) for 2014.
The ZBPPI, which is a joint report by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and Transparency International Zambia (TIZ), indicated that corruption at the Zambia Police increased from 48.3 percent in 2012 to 78.3 percent in 2014.
And Police spokesperson Charity Munganga Chanda has said it was unfortunate that Zambia Police had some officers who were corrupt. Ms Munganga said it was just a few corrupt officers that were making the institution to be labeled as the most corrupt institution.
“Among us there are police officers who have been practicing corruption in their operations but we are working hand-in-hand with the Anti-Corruption Commission to ensure that such officers are dealt with,” she said.
Ms Munganga said in order to combat corruption in the institution, the Zambia Police decided to come up with the Integrity Committee which had been training officers on corruption.
Meanwhile, the local authorities also showed an increase in corruption from 7.45 percent in 2012 to17.50 in 2014 followed by the Road Traffic and Safety Agency from 14.40 in 2012 to 14.72 in 2014. And deputy secretary to the Cabinet Ambassador Peter Kasanda has directed the Anti-Corruption Commission to issue a memo at Cabinet Office highlighting the corruption captured in the report.
Speaking when he officiated at the launch of the 2014 ZBPI report, Mr Kasanda said the importance of survey reports such as this ZBPI could not be over-emphasized adding that Government would do everything possible to support such initiatives which were intended to add value to the fight against corruption. He appealed to all ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), parastatal bodies, the private sector and civil society organisations to take keen interest in the findings of the ZBPI report and the recommendations in it and find innovative ways in which they can incorporate the findings in both their anti-corruption advocacy and measures.
Dr Kasanda commended the Anti-Corruption Commission and Transparency International Zambia for such a great undertaking.
“This kind of public-private partnership should be encouraged since it does not only achieve greater economies of scale but is also in line with Government policy which promotes public private partnerships,” he said. And TIZ executive director Goodwell Lungu said ZBPI showed that the magnitude, incidence and severity of experience corruption by the public when seeking a public service was still undesirable, adding that it had worsened in some instances.
“Unfortunately, it is more prevalent among us who live in urban areas. We have a huge task ahead to try and break this corruption chain,” he said.
He said combating corruption required transparency and accountability at all levels, adding that there was need to be more vigilance and dedicated to the fight against corruption.
And ACC director general Rosewin Wandi said the commission has taken note of the Secretary to the Cabinet’s directive of informing cabinet through a memo about corruption captured in the ZBPI report.
Ms Wandi said the commission would not relent in its efforts to ensure that the levels of corruption in the country were reduced to very insignificant levels. “Through stronger partnerships with stakeholders, increased awareness among the general public, and participation of all citizens, the fight against corruption will sure be won,” she said. ZBPI further indicated that Ministry of Education, Agriculture, Passport Office, Zambia Revenue Authority and National Registration Office were among the institution surveyed for corrupt practices.
Others include health services, Judiciary, Immigration Department, Ministry of Lands, Public Service Pensions Fund, Zesco, ZRA (Tax Division), PACRA, NAPSA, RDA, Ministry of Works and Supply, Ministry of Finance and Zamtel.