THE Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating about 66 of the 368 reported suspected cases of corruption that the commission received in the first quarter of the year, says ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono.
Mr Moono said the commission was pursuing the cases that contained features of corrupt practices and were considered worthy investigating under its mandate.
“We received a total of 368 reports of suspected corruption cases, but some of the them have proved to have no sufficient details for investigation while others lacked elements of corruption,” he said.
And Mr Moono said the commission was, among the high public interest cases, investigating the allegation of abuse of authority of office against former Zambia Railways chief executive officer Muyenga Attanga.
“The other investigation concerned alleged corruption against Football Association of Zambia officials and abuse of authority office at National Savings and Credit bank,” he said.
He said all the investigations were still on-going and had reached an advanced stage.
Mr Moono said the commission recorded five arrests and seven convictions countrywide by the close of the first quarter.
He said both public and private officials should see corruption as an affront on social-economic growth and a cost to everyone which should not be tolerated.
Mr Moono appealed to members of the public to report corrupt and related malpractices to the commission or relevant authorities as protection for making such disclosures was provided for under the Public Interest Disclosure Act no. 4 of 2010.
“The failure to detect and expose bribery, theft, fraud and abuse of resources has remained a challenge in the campaign against corruption,” he said.
He said the commission had recognised the media in all its forms of exposing corruption through information dissemination and promoting good governance.