4 December 2012

Zambia: Sata Reaffirms Graft Fight

Photo: Zambia State House.
President Michael Sata.

PRESIDENT Michael Sata has said the Government will not relent in devising strategies and enacting laws that will ensure the eradication of corruption in Zambia.

The Head of State has also said fighting corruption demands resilience, dedication and patriotism for the country.

Mr Sata said Zambia had experienced suffering at the few hands of unscrupulous and selfish individuals who had demonstrated no regard for other people's rights and privileges.

The President was speaking in an address to the nation on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) television and radio broadcast on Sunday night when he launched the International Anti-Corruption week.

"As such, any person who is suspected to have broken the law and is found wanting, regardless of their political affiliation or social status, will be dealt with by the long arm of the law," he said.

The theme for this year's commemoration is 'Act against Corruption Today.'

The international Anti-Corruption day is an important event on the United Nations (UN) calendar.

On December 9, this year, Zambia will join the rest of the world in commemorating this day which was declared by the UN on December 14, 2005.

Zambia signed and ratified the UN convention against corruption in 2007 and is therefore party to the convention and the commemoration which is scheduled for December 9.

Mr Sata said the Government would not shield anyone or in any way be selective in the fight against corruption.

He said Just after assuming power Government clearly stated its zero tolerance to corruption and started implementing appropriate strategies to effectively deal with the scourge.

Mr Sata said a number of sensitisation programmes had been scheduled in various parts of Lusaka and other provinces to commemorate this year's anti-corruption week.

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