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Anti-corruption network calls for public support in Hichilema’s new war against alleged looters


The Southern African Network Against Corruption (SANAC) has urged the public to support the anti-corruption initiative and ensure transparent leadership of the newly established tribunal.

During a media briefing on Wednesday in Lusaka, President Hakainde Hichilema announced the establishment of the tribunal to investigate the acquisition and expenditure of development loans.

In a statement issued on Thursday, SANAC Executive Director, Gregory Chifire, said all those aspiring to lead the tribunal should prioritise serving the public over seeking personal gain.

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Chifire highlighted that while asset recovery provided some relief, it also revealed gaps in the anti-corruption efforts, as only a small fraction of stolen resources and properties have been recovered.

“We appreciate the President’s commitment to recovering resources stolen by officials from the previous government,” Chifire stated.

He noted that Zambia’s debt crisis stems from extensive borrowing intended for infrastructure and development programmes.

“We urge all well-meaning Zambians to support this commendable initiative by the Head of State,” Chifire said.

He also called on the public to join the government in combating corruption, stressing that widespread support was crucial.

“The fight against corruption requires the support of all citizens, as unchecked corruption deprives the country of quality social services,” he pointed out.

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