Lawyer Sakwiba Sikota has challenged the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to prosecute Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda for failing to report an alleged bribe offer within 24 hours in line with the Anti Corruption laws of Zambia.
Shamenda was recently quoted in government and PF aligned media claiming that he is ready to go to prison if refusing a bribe is a crime following the indication by the ACC that it had not instituted investigations on the allegations he made against Dangote official, Bala Zango.
Sikota who is also United Liberal Party President says in view of the clear provisions of section 39 Sub-section 1 of the Anti Corruption Act, Shamenda did commit an offence and should be prosecuted.
Mr. Sikota said that if the ACC does not take up the matter, people will lose confidence in the institution.
He added that based on the statement by Shamenda himself, it is also open for any member of the public to make a complaint to the Acting Chief Justice for a tribunal to be set up to probe the Labour and Social Security Minister.
Sikota said this is because Shamenda’s conduct amounts to breach of the Ministerial Code of Conduct.
He explained that Shamenda has admitted to having breached the law when he failed to report the alleged bribe offer within lawful time of 24 hours.