THERE shall be no sacred cows in the fight against corruption, money laundering and drug trafficking and the battle against the vices will be taken to all corners of the country, President Edgar Lungu has vowed.And President Lungu has pledged that the Patriotic Front (PF) Government would continue to respect the independence of the judiciary, uphold the rule of law and strengthen all institutions of governance.President Lungu said the fight against corruption in all of its forms was a key tenet of democracy and good governance and that his administration was not going to relent in fighting the vice.Officially opening the First Session and the 12th National Assembly, President Lungu said his Government was not going to allow corruption, drug trafficking and money laundering to permeate his government and rob Zambia of its resources and deny citizens the development they longed for and the right to quality services.
The President stated that corruption was a tax on the people’s collective prosperity which no Zambian should ever tolerate, stating that it was the duty of every patriotic citizen to report and expose any case of corruption wherever the vice would manifest itself.“We must strive to make Zambia more stable, democratic, and inclusive society, united under the all important motto of One Zambia One Nation. Democracy and good governance are indispensable to creating a just and prosperous society. In line with the amended Constitution, we have established the Constitutional Court, the Court of Appeal, and Specialised Courts of the High Court to enhance citizens’ access to justice and reduce the backlog of cases,” President Lungu said.
President Lungu said his Government would ensure that the welfare of its citizens was improved for the better and that social justice and equity for was enhanced.
The Head of State called on Zambians to remain hard working and united as well as selfless, honest as they focused their energies on what they would be able to give to other. “This country is not void of solutions. We have the social, economic geographical and political conditions to solve our problems. We need radical rethinking and reorganising our resources and means of exploiting them. Our resources form the foundation of our society and economy,” President Lungu said.The Head of State said all institutions, public, private, civil society should become radically responsive to Zambians and fully engage them in implementing solutions.“Let us build a nation that celebrates diversity and aspiration. Let us be forms of illiberal values. We are a tolerant nation and so we must remain, President Lungu said.