ANTI-CORRUPTION Commission (ACC) director general Rosewin Wandi will continue in her job because the calls for her resignation by National Revolution Party (NRP) president Cosmo Mumba are malicious, ACC board chairperson Justice Timothy Kabalata has said.
Justice Kabalata said yesterday at a press briefing in Lusaka that calls for Mrs Wandi’s resignation on allegations of incompetence and biasness in dealing with corruption cases were an assault on the ACC.
Early this week, Rev Mumba wrote a letter to Ms Wandi demanding for her resignation.
But Justice Kabalata said the allegations contained in the letter were malicious and could not warrant Ms. Wandi’s resignation.
He said the board of commissioners would always protect and defend the commission from malicious and undue attacks on its integrity such as the one by Reverend Mumba.
“The board of commissioners has considered these allegations as not only a personal attack on the director general but also an assault on the board and the entire ACC. While open to constructive criticism, the board of commissioners will however protect and defend the commission from any malicious and undue attacks on the integrity of the institution such as the ones by Reverend Mumba,” he said.
Justice Kabalata reaffirmed the commission’s confidence in Ms. Wandi’s management and leadership of the ACC as an institution tasked with the role of dealing with corruption cases.
He said the commission was conscious of the need to safeguard national security and would at all times uphold that.
“The commission is conscious of the need to safeguard national security and will ensure that this is upheld at all times. As such the alleged leakage of classified information to the media is currently being investigated by the Zambia Police service. Therefore we do not understand the basis upon which Reverend Mumba said that the leakage came from the commission and the director general in particular,” Justice Kabalata said.
He said the commission will never be distracted from performing its functions professionally by any person or groups of people.
The ACC board chairperson disputed assertions by Reverend Mumba that the commission was selective and biased when conducting investigations.
“The commission does not consider faces, names or status of people or entities against whom a report of suspected corruption came to our attention but considers merits and demerits of each case. In this regard the commission will not engage in selectivity and biasness when conducting investigations,” Justice Kabalata said.
He urged Rev Mumba to feel free and report any cases of suspected corruption that he might be aware of.
Justice Kabalata described Rev Mumba’s call for country-wide demonstrations to have Ms. Wandi out of office as uncalled for and irresponsible.
“In view of the foregoing, the board of commissioners has concluded that there are no valid grounds to cause Ms. Wandi to resign. The culture of intimidating public officials and institutions especially those performing diligently should come to an end,” he said.