PROBE KARIBA DAM JOBS, ACC TOLD

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By OLIVER SAMBOKO

A CIVIC ac­tivist says the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (ACC), must look into what tran­spired in Si­avonga dur­ing the re­cruit­ment of work­ers for the re­ha­bil­i­ti­ta­tion of the Kariba Dam wall.

Gov­er­nance, Elec­tions, Ad­vo­cacy and Re­search Ser­vices ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Mac­Don­ald Chipenzi said he sus­pected mal­prac­tices may have hap­pened dur­ing the ex­er­cise.

It was spear­headed by Si­avonga District Com­mis­sioner Love­more Kanyama.

Mr Chipenzi said it is sur­pris­ing and shock­ing to note that dur­ing the se­lec­tion process, only 86 can­di­dates picked the “yes” tags but now over 100 are on the list.

He won­dered where the over 16 ghost names came from. He said some­one must be made an­swer­able to the sus­pected cor­rup­tion and cheat­ing.

"We chal­lenge the DC's of­fice where these in­ter­views were con­ducted to ex­plain the dis­crep­an­cies in fig­ures of those who were in­ter­viewed and ac­cepted and the fi­nal list.” Mr Chipenzi said.

He added that in the ab­sence of a con­vinc­ing ex­pla­na­tion by the re­cruiters and fa­cil­i­tat­ing of­fice, the ACC should step in and bring out the truth about what tran­spired.

But Mr Kanyama has in­sisted that the re­cruit­ment ex­er­cise for the US$296 mil­lion Kariba Dam re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion project was cor­rup­tion free and ev­ery­body was given equal op­por­tu­nity dur­ing the process.

Mr Kanyama claimed that some dis­grun­tled in­di­vid­u­als are try­ing to tar­nish his good name by mis­lead­ing peo­ple that there was cor­rup­tion dur­ing the re­cruit­ment ex­er­cise.

"It’s shame­ful that some el­e­ments wanted to use the chiefs to rise against the gov­ern­ment and my of­fice on ac­count that cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als of their choice were not re­cruited for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion project," said Mr Kanyama.

Last month, hun­dreds of Si­avonga res­i­dents, es­pe­cially youths thronged Kariba North Bank Power Sta­tion Sta­dium to take part in the re­cruit­ment ex­er­cise which oth­ers have deemed

as not trans­par­ent.

Mr Chipenzi

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