GOVERNMENT should curb corruption if the country is to positively benefit from its resources and see unprecedented development, People’s Alliance for Change (PAC) president Andyford Banda has advised.
In an interview with the Daily Nation, Mr Banda charged that no country could benefit from its resources if the levels of corruption were high.
He pointed out that Government was losing a lot of money because of corruption and that only a favoured section of the community could benefit.
Mr Banda explained that some people were corruptly awarded Government tenders through connections, leaving out those with cheaper offers.
He also bemoaned the lack of proper auditing systems on Government departments and that there was no transparent screening process in the way tenders were awarded.
Mr Banda advised Government to come up with stringent measures against corruption if the people were to benefit positively from the country’s resources.
“Government should come up with stringent measures against corruption if they are to benefit positively from our resources. There is too much corruption in Government departments. People are just fattening their pockets. If you see the way tenders are awarded, you find they pick on someone with a high offer just because they are connected. It is Government that loses out in the end because they could have saved if they gave the tender to someone with a lower offer,” he said.
And Mr Banda warned that most of the people who were awarded contracts through dubious means were not even competent in those fields and that their works were shoddy.
He said that people should be given contracts based on merit to make sure that works were executed professionally and diligently.
Mr Banda urged the general public to report any acts of corruption to the relevant authorities and that they should make sure Government operated in a transparent way.
He also advised Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) to inform the public on how contracts were being awarded.
Mr Banda emphasised the need to engage an independent auditor to audit Government institutions as well as audit the tendering processes.
“Government should engage an independent auditor to audit Government departments to make sure their dealings are transparent. People should be given contracts based on merit and ZPPA should also inform the public on how contracts are being awarded,” he advised.