Opposition National Movement for Progress (NMP) president Ng’andu Magande says the dropping of labor Deputy Minister Ronald Chitotela and his Agriculture counterpart Rodgers Mwewa cannot be considered as a demonstration of President Michael Sata’s zero tolerance to corruption.
President Sata dropped the two deputy Ministers to pave way for investigations by the ACC over allegations that they used CDF funds to fraudulently purchase second hand Ambulances for their constituencies.
Mr. Magande says although President Sata has done the right thing by dropping the duo for them to clear their names, such a move cannot be considered to be a sign of political will on the part of the president to fight corruption, considering the fact that allegations were brought by the Auditor General.
Mr. Magande notes that there have been many other cases of corruption that have been reported in the country and brought to the attention of the ACC but have ended up going nowhere.
Mr. Magande says this is why the case of the two Deputy Ministers cannot be seen as a show of political will by the Head of State in fighting corruption.
Mr. Magande has however advised the ACC to be above board as it carries out investigations on the two Deputy Ministers especially that the two are Patriotic Front (PF) Members of Parliament.