AS it seeks to intensify the fight against corruption, the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) will employ more than 500 employees to boost its workforce.
Shortage of workers is among the challenges that have been afflicting the bureau in prevention and combating of corruption.
The new workers will include 214 investigation officers, 180 assistant investigation officers, 10 assistant accountants and eight personal secretaries, according to an advert placed by the bureau in the media on Monday.
They will include professionals in the fields of quantity survey, accountancy, human resources management, law, procurement and journalism. Others are information technology, highways engineering, building construction and forensics knowledge.
Apart from the above positions, the PCCB said it also seeks to employ more low ranking workers such as drivers (25 positions), security guards (95 positions), 38 office attendants and four technicians.
PCCB is an independent public institution and law enforcement agency established through the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Act of 2007. Its major functions include prevention, community education on corruption as well as enforcement of law.
Information available on its website indicates that between 2005 and August, this year, a total of 48,761 allegations were received by PCCB. It noted, however, that not all the allegations being reported were related to corruption.
According to the information, during the same period some 800 public servants were punished for taking bribes and engaging in corruption behavior, while there are 1,494 cases pending in courts.
The number of convictions against corrupt offenders in courts since 2005 to August 2013 has come to 366. A total of 48bn/- was recovered.