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Govt sets up special tribunal to probe looting of public funds intended for public works


President Hakainde Hichilema has announced the establishment of a tribunal to investigate the misuse of public loans intended for public works.

Additionally, formal investigations into the gassing incidents that occurred under the Patriotic Front (PF) administration will be conducted.

Speaking at a press conference at State House in Lusaka on Wednesday, President Hichilema stated that the tribunal would examine public works, such as road construction projects, which were allegedly mismanaged by the previous administration.

“The fight against corruption shall continue and we have amended pieces of legislation that were standing in the way,” Hichilema affirmed.

The President emphasized his administration’s commitment to asset recovery and prosecution, declaring that there was no tolerance for theft.

In response to recent incidents of looting in Lusaka’s Bauleni area, Hichilema directed the police to arrest the perpetrators, warning that failure to do so would result in military intervention.

“I am not a President who was elected or voted into government by thugs. Anyone orchestrating violence in the name of HH are on their own,” he stated.

Hichilema called on United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres to support his stance and advised against provoking others.

He stressed the importance of national unity and condemned divisive rhetoric and hate speech.

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“Divisive talk and hate speech have no place in our country. Cabinet has resolved to increase penalties for theft, including those stealing electric cables,” Hichilema said.

The President reiterated the need for legal measures to drive behavioral change, as some individuals remain resistant to counsel.

President Hichilema also announced that the Cabinet had approved the incorporation of national unity-focused topics into the school curriculum.

“This decision aims to address issues of tribalism and hate speech among the younger generation, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the country’s diverse culture,” he explained.

Furthermore, he pledged to personally sponsor those spreading hatred on a study tour to Rwanda, to learn about the causes of the Hutu-Tutsi tribal war.

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