Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) president Edith Nawakwi has described Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba’s refusal to be interviewed in privacy by the Anti Corruption Commission officers as a total disregard of the rule of law.
Speaking in an interview with Qfm News, Ms. Nawakwi says Mr. Kabimba’s conduct was inappropriate and not befitting of a Justice Minister.
Ms. Nawakwi has also pointed out that Mr. Kabimba is not the first high profiled government official to be summoned by the ACC for questioning in Zambia’s history as a number of serving and non serving officials have previously complied with the law enforcement agency.
She says such conduct is capable of undermining the mandate of the ACC and has the potential to jeopardize the ongoing investigations.
The FDD president has further noted that Mr. Kabimba’s conduct will create speculations that he is hiding something.
And the Non Governmental Organising Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has called on Justice Minister, Wynter Kabimba, to apologize to the Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) following what transpired yesterday when he refused to be interrogated in private.
NGOCC Chairperson, Beatrice Grillo, described as unfortunate for Mr Kabimba to have declined being probed over alleged corrupt acts levelled against him.
In an interview with ZANIS yesterday, Ms Grillo wondered why the Justice Minister behaved in the manner he did, adding that Mr Kabimba should understand that carrying out investigations on him does not tantamount to condemnation but is only a mere check on the deeds of an individual.
She stressed that if the Justice Minister is not linked to any unacceptable act, then he should not worry as the law enforcement agency will protect him.
Ms Grillo added that what Mr Kabimba displayed towards the ACC was not pleasing, saying leaders are supposed to lead by example.
Ms Grillo further implored politicians to give space to the law enforcement agencies to carry out their work in a professional and more effective manner if their work has to yield tangible results.
She said if leaders resort to acting as the case was for Mr Kabimba, it will only set a wrong precedent over leaders as the same thing may occur tomorrow even with other leaders.
The NGOCC chairperson has since advised Mr Kabimba to once more avail himself to the Anti- Corruption Commission for investigations to be launched.
On Monday, the ACC failed to interrogate Justice Minister, Wynter Kabimba, as he insisted to be probed in the midst of his sympathisers