THE pronouncement by President Edgar Lungu that he will do more in the fight against corruption has demonstrated his commitment to the fight against corruption and shows a clear political will to curb the vice, says Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) acting director-general Irene Lamba.
Ms Lamba cautioned public officers to ensure that their official powers or positions were not used for personal advantage, as the commission would not hesitate to take action against any individual found engaging in corrupt activities.
She said the ACC was elated by President Lungu’s pronouncement during his inauguration on Tuesday.
“The Republican President’s comment that his Government will do more in the fight against corruption demonstrates his dedication to the fight against corruption in Zambia and shows a clear political will to curb the vice,” she said.
Ms Lamba said the commission would continue, with the support of stakeholders including Government, to discharge its mandate efficiently and effectively to reduce the levels of corruption in the country.
The ACC chief called on all citizens and residents to resist the temptation of engaging in corruption but instead work hard and uphold integrity as they endeavour to better their lives and develop the economy.
“As the President mentioned in his address, engaging in corruption cannot be a substitute to the pride that comes from personal effort and determination to achieve prosperity.
‘‘Public officers should ensure that their official powers or positions are not used for personal advantage, and the commission will not hesitate to take action against any individuals found engaging in corrupt activities,” she said.