Various stakeholders have expressed concern over Justice Minister Wynter Kabimba’s recent statement suggesting that he rejected a bribe from a named company which approached him in an effort to win the contract for the supply of crude oil to Zambia.
This is a matter he is being investigated by the Anti Corruption Commission.
The Zambia Youths Association in the Fight against Corruption (ZYAFAC) says the statement by Mr. Kabimba is an attempt to dilute people’s perception on the ongoing investigations.
In an interview with Qfm news, Association Executive Director Rickson Kanema says Mr. Kabimba is a learned legal practitioner who understands the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Act very well.
Mr. Kanema says offering a bribe is an offence under the ACC law and wonders why Mr. Kabimba did not report the company in question to the ACC.
He has therefore challenged the Justice Minister to furnish the ACC with information and report the same company to relevant authority for attempting to corrupt a public official.
And Zambia Union of Financial Institutions and Allied Workers (ZUFIAW) president Cephus Mukuka says Mr. Kabimba’s remark is an attempt to pre-empty the ongoing probe by the ACC.
Mr. Mukuka has told Qfm that Mr. Kabimba should have kept quite and allow the Anti Corruption Commission to present its findings to the Zambian people.
In a separate interview, International Fellowship of Christian Churches (IFCC) President, Bishop Simon Chihana says Mr. Kabimba’s statement is aimed at influencing the public opinion on the matter in order to come out clean.
Bishop Chihana says the Justice Minister should wait for the ACC to clear him of his corruption allegation and not seeking to prove his innocence in the public eye by making statements that are capable of jeopardizing the investigations.
Zambia Council for Social Development Country coordinator for local governance capacity development and support project Humphrey Sikapizye says the justice minister’s statement puts the findings of the ACC at risk.