Lusaka, Zambia - President Michael Sata has assured the nation and cooperating partners of his government's resolve to fight corruption. President Sata, who came to power in 2011, said his government had been fighting corruption in the past two years in order to create an environment that is conducive for effective social and economic development as well as improved service delivery to the people of Zambia.
According to him, by the close of 2013, there were a total of 902 cases under investigation by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), while 205 were concluded and closed.
“The commission also recorded 27 arrests country-wide and 64 prosecution cases were before the courts of law. The ACC secured 27 convictions and recorded 10 acquittals. 8 cases were withdrawn from court due to technicalities and 12 judgments were appealed against,” Sata disclosed on his latest Facebook posting.
In 2012, the Commission received 2,337 reports and 484 cases were authorised for investigations. By the close of the year, there were a total of 733 cases under investigation and a total of 89 cases were before the courts of law.
Sata’s government upon assuming office strengthened the anti-corruption legal framework through the introduction of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012. This law re-introduced the ‘Abuse of Authority Clause’ that had been removed by the previous government.
It further domesticated a number of provisions contained in the international conventions and protocols on corruption that Zambia is a party to.