The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has revealed that in 2023, assets worth K756,452,853 were seized in the course of investigation.
ACC Head of Corporate Communications, Timothy Moono, said by close of the year, a total of 19 motor vehicles were also forfeited to the State.
Addressing journalists in Lusaka on Thursday, Moono disclosed that in the year 2023, the Commission received a total of 1,037 reports of suspected corruption.
He stated that out of these cases, a total of 463 were non-corruption related while, 574 reports contained elements of corruption, only 541 were authorized for investigations.
“11 reports were referred to relevant institutions for actions, eight were complaints authorized for Corruption Prevention Exercise, two complaints were not authorized and 12 were still under deliberation by close of the year,” Moono said.
He revealed that the Commission closed a total of 183 investigation cases and recorded 38 arrests and also 17 convictions and five acquittals in 2023.
Moono further said during the fourth quarter of 2023, the Commission received a total of 173 reports of suspected corruption.
“Of these cases, 136 reports contained elements of corruption and were authorized for investigations,” he said.
Moono stated that six cases were authorized for Corruption Prevention Exercise, three cases were referred to relevant institutions for administrative action.
He said the Commission also received 119 non-corruption reports during the quarter and a total of 98 cases were closed.
“There were 83 criminal cases before the courts of law. Of these cases, 57 were active criminal cases and 26 were civil cases,” Moono disclosed.
He said the Commission secured three convictions and also recorded two acquittals and eight cases were pending delivery of judgment while there were 12 criminal cases pending appeal.
Meanwhile, on the investigations into the scandal at the Ministry of Finance and National Planning, Moono indicated that the investigations were ongoing.
“I can not say much about the on going investigations at the Ministry, the former Auditor General Dick Sichembe’s case, the case of the Landcruiser found in the hands of musician Yo Maps, among others, as they are on going,” he said.
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