Looking at the dismal performance of the Anti Corruption Commission, the teaching in Matthew 5:13 comes to mind. This is part of the Sermon on the Mount, the first of a series of metaphors often seen as adding to the Beatitudes. The translation of the King James Bible reads: “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”
Our Anti Corruption Commission has lost its value, essence, purpose and must be closed. It is incapable of probing any corruption matter in which those in power are involved or have an interest. They can only investigate matters which State House assigns them. If State House finds it politically expedient for them to probe Chishimba Kambwili, then an appropriate propaganda press briefing will be held on the matter. The Anti Corruption Commission has all the information about judge Sunday Nkonde’s Tedworth corruption. It is a matter they had been dealing with for some time but they are not able to act because judge Nkonde is helping State House to annihilate The Post. All the grand corruption going on in the country has not provoked probes from the Anti Corruption Commission. But we have officers at the Anti Corruption Corruption Commission drawing monthly salaries from the Zambian taxpayer! For what? This is corruption by Anti Corruption Commission officers – they are getting salaries and allowances they have not worked for.
As Vladimir Putin said, “Those who fight corruption should be clean themselves.”
The Anti Corruption Commission has become a dysfunctional institution; it’s broken and needs to be disbanded. One of our key government institutions in the fight against corruption is broken. What is becoming clear is that the disappearance or weakening of civil society organisations has seriously affected the fight against corruption.
Without civil society and without the people, from the grassroots up, anti-corruption agencies will not be able to operate efficiently.
There has to be strong enforcement. In order for that to happen, you need what is called political will, and in order for political will to happen, you need strong public opinion. Corruption is widespread in government agencies and public enterprises.
Our political system promotes parasitism, cronyism, nepotism, corruption and wasting money. This has undermined our legal system and confidence in the functioning of the state.
As Abraham Lincoln said, “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.”
Edgar and his minions are committing political hara-kiri by not responding favourably to the people’s cry about corruption that has gotten out of control. Taking a defensive posture will not help matters in any way. And as they say, if you are in a hole, stop digging.
Corruption is a cancer that spreads very quickly beyond control and that eats away at a citizen’s faith in democracy and its institutions. It is our individual and collective duty, as citizens of this country, to challenge corruption. Where do the evils like corruption arise from? They come from the never-ending greed. The fight for a corruption-free ethical society will have to be fought against this greed and replace it with ‘what can I give’ spirit.
Money and corruption are ruining our country, crooked politicians betray the working people, pocketing the public resources and treating us like sheep. We need to get to a point when we can say we’re tired of hearing promises that we know they’ll never keep. Corruption has been imputed to most of our politicians, and the rights of the people have been bartered for promises of office.
Trying to defend clearly corrupt deals like the acquisition of 42 fire tenders at $1 million each and the $3million plus per kilometre Lusaka-Copperbelt dual carriage road is scandalous and ridiculous. The posture of those in government trying to justify these shady deals makes it more difficult to clear public perception about state institutions being corrupt.
Corruption is the enemy of development, and of good governance. It must be gotten rid of. And we must all come together to achieve this national objective.
Our country is being torn apart by corruption and Edgar is at the centre of it all. Our young people are desperate, disillusioned and disappointed as Edgar’s repeated promises of employment are not delivered. And youth unemployment has worsened since Edgar assumed office.
We have to stop this corruption nightmare and begin to dream again as a nation.
We must loudly reject looting, theft, corruption, the abuse of power, the contamination of state institutions, the distortion of the justice system for political gain and the complete disrespect for our Constitution.