The Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) says it has not instituted investigations into the complaints by labour minister Fackson Shamenda that a worker of Dangote tried to bribe him.
In a senseless statement, ACC spokesperson Timothy Moono failed to fully explain why the ACC would not investigate the matter.
Moono instead explained that public officers are particularly required to make a full report to the ACC or the Police, of any gratification corruptly given, promised or offered to them within twenty- four (24) hours of the occurrence of the event. Failure to do so without reasonable cause, amounts to an offence on the part of the public officer.
But he did not say if the ACC will arrest Shamenda for failing to report the alleged bribe within 24 hours.
See the statement below:
Telephone: 237914/16 P.O. Box 50486
Fax: 237828 LUSAKA
Your Ref.: Our Ref.:
23rd September 2014
Number of Pages: 2
To: The News Editor
ALLEGED BRIBERY AGAINST A DANGOTE OFFICIAL
In light of various queries received on the position of the Commission on the above captioned subject, the Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) wishes to confirm receipt of a complaint on the matter from Honourable Fackson Shamenda, Minister of Labour and Social Security.
The Commission wishes to advise that after due consideration of the complaint, the Commission has not instituted any investigations into the matter. In arriving at this decision the Commission has taken into consideration, among other issues, the circumstances and likelihood of an investigation which will disclose facts that show that an offence was committed under the Anti- Corruption Act.
The Commission would like to take this opportunity to remind members of the public to always report any cases of alleged or suspected corrupt practices directly and in confidence to the ACC.
In terms of Section 39 (1) of the Anti- Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012, Public Officers are particularly required to make a full report to the ACC or the Police, of any gratification corruptly given, promised or offered to them within twenty- four (24) hours of the occurrence of the event. Failure to do so without reasonable cause, amounts to an offence on the part of the public officer who is liable, upon conviction to a fine not exceeding two hundred thousand (200, 000) penalty units or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding two (2) years, or both.
In light of the above, the Commission wishes to encourage all members of the public and public officers alike to report all cases of alleged or suspected corrupt practices directly and in confidence in order for the Commission to appropriately and timely deal with the cases in line with its mandate under the law.
PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER