Lungu asks EU to help pro­vide tools in graft fight

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­NIE ZULU

PRES­I­DENT Edgar Lungu has asked the Euro­pean Union (EU) to in­crease and build ca­pac­ity in in­sti­tu­tions charged with the re­spon­si­bil­ity to fight cor­rup­tion.

And the EU has of­fered an undis­closed sub­stan­tial amount to Zam­bia to­wards the refugee cri­sis.

Spe­cial as­sis­tant to the pres­i­dent for press and pub­lic re­la­tions Amos Chanda told jour­nal­ists yes­ter­day at State House that the EU del­e­ga­tion led by EU Am­bas­sador Alessan­dro Mar­i­ani met Pres­i­dent Lungu and dis­cussed a wide range of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

“Pres­i­dent Lungu has ap­pealed to the EU to help in­crease and build ca­pac­i­ties in in­sti­tu­tions such as the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion, the Au­di­tor Gen­eral’s of­fice, the po­lice and all in­sti­tu­tions that are tasked with the re­spon­si­bil­ity to in­ves­ti­gate and pros­e­cute, con­trol graft and other vices,” Mr Chanda said.

Mr Chanda said Pres­i­dent Lungu told the diplo­mats that cor­rup­tion was not fought by stand­ing on an ant hill, shout­ing and mak­ing noise and ac­cus­ing peo­ple of cor­rup­tion.

“The Head of State wants to fight cor­rup­tion in the real sense by build­ing the ca­pac­ity of the in­sti­tu­tions tasked with fight­ing cor­rup­tion,” Mr Chanda said.

Mr Chanda said the EU also dis­cussed the up­com­ing sum­mit be­tween the EU and the African Union in Abid­jan whose theme is “in­vest­ing in youths for de­vel­op­ment,” to make youths use­ful cit­i­zens and be in gain­ful em­ploy­ment.

“Pres­i­dent Lungu openly and frankly dis­cussed gov­er­nance is­sues af­fect­ing Zam­bia and the in­ter­ven­tions gov­ern­ment is mak­ing with the EU del­e­ga­tion. He ex­plained clearly the prin­ci­ple of sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers,” he said

And Mr Chanda said the EU had of­fered an undis­closed sub­stan­tial amount to­wards the refugee cri­sis.

Mr Chanda said Pres­i­dent Lungu and the EU del­e­ga­tion dis­cussed re­gional sta­bil­ity es­pe­cially the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo whose sit­u­a­tion has wors­ened.

“The EU is putting money into Zam­bia to go to­wards the refugee cri­sis,” he said.

Mr Chanda also said the EU had of­fered to help sup­port the Com­mon­wealth di­a­logue be­tween Gov­ern­ment and the op­po­si­tion.

“The EU will sup­port both Zam­bia and the Com­mon­wealth in the di­a­logue process,” he said.

Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu

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