President Sata warns corrupt public officials

corruptPRESIDENT Sata will not hesitate to dismiss corrupt public officials and he says the fight against corruption is not only targeted at corrupt former leaders alone, a statement issued by Chief Government spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni has stated.

The strongly-worded statement states: “…the President will not spare anyone found acting corruptly or entertaining corrupt instructions.”
The statement sternly warns civil servants against engaging in corruption or taking instructions bordering on corruption.
“Make no mistake, no civil servant is obliged to carry out instructions that amount to corruption. If a minister or indeed anybody senior in Government requests a junior officer to do something unlawful, they will only have themselves to blame when they are fired and let alone prosecuted,” the statement states.
The statement states that President Sata’s administration “has undertaken to fight corruption whenever and wherever it is found,” adding, “the President will not spare anyone found acting corruptly or entertaining corrupt instructions.”
The statement also explains that President Sata’s decision to assume direct supervision of the Road Development Agency (RDA) was done in good faith.
“…the President has decided to take the unprecedented decision to assume direct oversight over the RDA because there are unscrupulous people who have been trying to use his name to acquire Government contracts at the expense of delivering quality services to our people,” the statement says.
The statement adds: “The President wants all the procedures and processes meant to protect public resources and deliver sound infrastructure development to our people to be fully observed.”
And the statement says the President is within his full legal rights and privileges as Head of State to take such action and will respect the mandate given to him by the people.
The statement also had a go at opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema: “Mr Hichilema should be the last person to school Government on good corporate governance; knowing fully well the ethical eyebrows raised by the manner in which he handled the privatisation of various parastatals.”
Mr Hichilema has been among critics against the President overseeing the running of the RDA.
But the statement says Mr Hichilema’s position is deliberately misleading and opportunistic.
The statement ends by stating: “Unlike him, President Sata’s record in public service is spotless and at no point has he ever extracted personal benefits at the expense of the general citizenry when mandated to preside over a specific national programme.”

source: dailymail