Rosewin Wandi the Director General for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has officially left ACC after succumbing to pressure from President Edgar Lungu to resign on her own and save herself from the embarrassment of being dismissed.
President Lungu has long held that Mrs. Wandi was appointed by the late President Michael Chilufya Sata to prosecute Mr. Rupiah Banda and his fellow corrupt MMD leaders.
President Lungu has been very uncomfortable with the ACC under the leadership of Wandi whom she views as a Sata loyalist and anti Rupiah Banda.
It is not difficult to understand President Lungu’s hatred for Wa
ndi. Wandi was fired by Rupiah Banda in 2011 when she was serving as Deputy Director General and was only brought back by President Sata. Information that is reaching the ACC is that President Lungu wants to appoint his close friend Kelvin Bwalya Fube as the new Director General. But his advisor-in-chief Rupiah Banda prefers Edwin Sakala, the current ACC Director of Investigations for position of Director General. Fube is a renowned Lusaka croked Lawyer who is also a PF senior cadre.. However in the interim acting capacity, Ireen Lamba will be acting as Director General.
On Friday 4th March, 2016, an impromptu Staff Meeting was called which was addressed by the Director-General Mrs. Rosewin Wandi. During the meeting Mrs. Wandi announced to Staff that she had given notice to vacate the office of DirectorGeneral of the Commission. In her remarks, Mrs. Wandi said she was leaving with a peaceful mind and a full recognition of the hard work of all the officers and other staff. She said together, the team had achieved much, albeit in the face of many challenges. “I go away with a peaceful mind, I go away…it’s not easy..but with full recognition of all your hard work. The journey has not been easy, we have faced a lot of challenges but you have made me and the Board of Commissioners very proud, because of your commitment and dedication to duty”. Mrs. Wandi added that her prayer was that everyone continued with the good work they were doing, and that she would be available for consultation as she would not be leaving the country. Mrs. Wandi, who turned 60 last month, joined the Commission as a junior officer and rose through the ranks to get to the Position of Deputy Director General until April, 2010 when her contract was terminated. She was re-appointed, this time as Director-General in October 2011, a position she has held until her notice to vacate office.