ZAMBIA: Malila justifies spending on corruption fight

ATTORNEY General, Mumba Malila has said huge expenditure on the fight against corruption is justified if the nation achieves its objectives of deterrence and establishment of accountability and transparency in public institutions.

Mr Malila said yesterday that the nation was better off attaining
benefits such as deterrence of the scourge and confidence in public
institutions after spending huge sums.

Mr Malila, who was answering questions from cooperating partners after
opening the Corruption Hunt Network, which brought together
anti-corruption activists from Europe, America, Asia and Africa, said
the expenses involved included investing in forensic experts and
lawyers to prosecute sophisticated cases, which called for a lot of

Mr Malila, who commended the British government for the tremendous
support rendered towards Zambia's fight against corruption, said
political will was cardinal in the crusade.

He said this in response to a question by a German activist who wanted
to know to what extent Zambia's public demand to fight corruption
outweighed political will.

He said without political will, there was little that public demand
could do to win the fight against the vice, hence the need for leaders
to put accountability and transparency first in their work.

He said although a lot still remains to be done in that area, it was
important to applaud the nation for the successes recorded so far in
the fight against corruption.

Mr Malila also challenged law makers and enforcers, rulers, the ruled,
adjudicators and private citizens to maintain a high level of honesty,
probity and integrity in the conduct of business.

The seminar was attended by UK, USA, Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa, Switzerland and Tanzania.

Other participants came from Pakistani, Germany, Ethiopia, Argentina,
Austria, Costa Rica, Bangladesh, Indonesia Norway, Nigeria, Italy,
Chile and Paraguay.

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