Cler­gy­man, NGO nods new ACC chief

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By MUKOSELA KASALWE THE rat­i­fi­ca­tion by Par­lia­ment the Pres­i­den­tial ap­point­ment of Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Kapetwa Phiri and Na­tional As­sem­bly Clerk Ce­celia Mbewe is com­mend­able and timely, says Evan­gel­i­cal Youth Al­liance ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Reverend Moses Lungu

The cler­gy­man com­mended Par­lia­ment for ris­ing above par­ti­san and pol­i­tics to rat­ify the ap­point­ment of Mr Phiri and Ms Mbewe and de­scribed the de­vel­op­ment as a good thing.

He said ACC needed some­one to be at its helm and over­see its op­er­a­tions and fight against cor­rup­tion.

“As Evan­gel­i­cal Youth Al­liance we would like to com­mend Par­lia­ment for rat­i­fy­ing the ap­point­ment of ACC Di­rec­tor Gen­eral and Clerk of the Na­tional As­sem­bly this is a good thing and is timely,” he said.

Rev. Lungu said cor­rup­tion was the big­gest hin­drance to Zam­bian youth en­joy­ment of so­cio-eco­nomic ben­e­fits and that the scourge needed col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts to be fought at all lev­els.

And Youth Aid chair­per­son Kachenga Chungu urged Mr Phiri and Ms Mbewe not to dis­ap­point the ap­point­ing au­thor­ity and the pub­lic.

Mr Chungu said the ap­point­ments were a breath of fresh air.

The non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion said the con­fi­dence shown by Par­lia­ment in the duo was a sign of their cred­i­bil­ity.

Mr Chungu im­plored Mr Phiri to be fair, trans­par­ent and pro­fes­sional in his dis­charge of duities.

Par­lia­ment on Thurs­day evening unan­i­mously rat­i­fied the Pres­i­den­tial ap­point­ment of Mr Phiri and Ms Mbewe to their re­spec­tive po­si­tions.

Speaker of the Na­tional As­sem­bly Pa­trick Mat­i­b­ini asked the House whether or not to rat­ify the two and Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment unan­i­mously re­sponded in the af­fir­ma­tive.

The mo­tion was moved by Pa­tri­otic Front Msan­zala MP Peter Daka for the House to adopt the Re­port of the Par­lia­men­tary Se­lect Com­mit­tee ap­pointed to scru­ti­nise the Pres­i­den­tial ap­point­ment of Mr Phiri, 39 and Ms Mbewe, 56.

Mr Lu­binda said he agreed with UPND Maz­abuka Cen­tral MP Gary Nkombo for the ACC to watch peo­ple with power but that should not ex­clude MPs.

He urged Mr Phiri to take a keen in­ter­est where some MPs en­gaged ‘il­le­gal’ graders and that it was im­por­tant to in­ves­ti­gate all those who de­served in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Malambo MP Makebi Zulu said Mr Phiri was well qual­i­fied.

Mr Zulu, who is East­ern Prov­ince Min­is­ter and a lawyer said there was need to en­able the of­fice of the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral through the House with ap­pro­pri­ate leg­is­la­tion and laws to en­able it dis­charge its du­ties more ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively.

Mr Kamb­wili urged Mr Phiri to quickly re­lease find­ings of var­i­ous cases of al­leged cor­rup­tion brought be­fore them and not to take too long.

Mr Kamb­wili said Mr Phiri should not be afraid to dis­miss any case if one was not found want­ing.

Mr Nkombo ad­vised Mr Phiri to have a mi­cro­scopic eye on gov­ern­ment min­is­ters and not to be afraid to carry out his du­ties.

Chirundu MP Dou­glas Syakalima said Mr Phiri had a huge task ahead of him.

Ms Mbewe holds a Mas­ter of Laws de­gree in In­ter­na­tional Tax­a­tion, Tax Plan­ning from Re­gent Uni­ver­sity USA, and a Law de­gree from the Uni­ver­sity of Zam­bia.

Evan­gel­i­cal Youth Al­liance ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Reverend Moses Lungu

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