President Michael Sata has warned that he will not tolerate anyone engaging in corruption whether in governmentor not.
Sata said government will support the fight against corruption in its totality.
The President said this in a speech read on his behalf by Home Affairs minister Kennedy Sakeni during the official opening of the second commonwealth regional conference for heads of anti-corruption agencies in Africa held at Zambezi Sun in Livingstone today.
Sata said the perpetrators of corruption were busy devising new systems using advanced information communication and technology systems and other sophisticated means.
He said Zambia will not relent in ensuring that corruption is brought to minimal levels through the implementation of stiffer laws and putting in place effective administrative measures to prevent the
”My government has demonstrated this commitment through the revision of the Anti-Corruption Act. In this regard I am proud to inform you that a new law called the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012 has since been enacted by the Zambian parliament repealing the old Act number 38
of 2010 which had removed the abuse of authority clause,” he said.
He said the anti-money laundering Act has also been strengthened to make it more effective in combating and preventing money laundering adding that the re-introduction of the Abuse of Authority of Office clause in the anti-corruption Act will deter public officials from
mismanaging and stealing public resources.
Sata said the new Anti-Corruption Act has also domesticated a number of critical provisions of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) adding that in this vein they have also enacted the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act to facilitate seizure and
confiscation of proceeds of corruption.
He said government had also created an enabling environment for the media and civil society to operate freely and without intimidation adding that this would assist in having an informed citizenry that expose corrupt individuals.
Sata said he was confident that the conference would bring out solutions and recommendations that would see the levels of corruption significantly reduced in Africa.