LAZ backs ECZ investigations

THE Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has said officials at the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) behind the awarding of a K1 billion tender to KPMG without following tender procedure should be made to account for their actions.

LAZ president Stephen Lungu said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that it was sad that the confusion at ECZ was happening during an election year.

He said the decision by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to probe the matter was welcome because it would help bring out the truth.

Mr Lungu said those involved in the alleged illegal tender process should not be spared because their irregular decisions might affect the management of elections in the country.

He said LAZ would wait for the outcome of the investigations before stepping into the matter as some officials being probed were members of the association.

Mr Lungu said the matter should be resolved urgently so that the nation could focus on preparing for general elections to be held later this year.

And former ECZ chairperson Florence Mumba said she did not regret her actions and was convinced that she followed every procedure in the controversial tender process that led to her resignation.

Ms Justice Mumba said in an interview that she was not the type of a person who acted and regretted afterwards because she was an experienced judge who did not act on impulse.

She said even her decision to dismiss ECZ director Dan Kalale was made after she had analysed the matter.

Meanwhile, all the four commissioners declined to comment on demands that they resign their positions with immediate effect for allegedly running an illegal contract.

Mr Justice Essau Chulu, Joseph Jalasi, Mineva Tembo and Grace Mulapesi all refused to comment in separate interviews in Lusaka.

Ms Justice Mumba quit her position on Thursday last week following a four-day work stoppage by the workers demanding her resignation after revelations that she allegedly facilitated the single-sourcing of KPMG to conduct a three-week internal audit at K1 billion.

And Caritas Zambia has called on the Government to immediately set up an independent technical committee to consider reorganising the ECZ in the face of pending elections.

Caritas Zambia executive director Samuel Mulafulafu said in a statement in Lusaka yesterday that there was an urgent need to review the ECZ structure to make clear the separation of duties between the commissioners and management.

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