Zambia: Step up graft fight – RB

rupiah_banda_2PRESIDENT Rupiah Banda has implored the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to scale up the fight against corruption, as the vice is retarding development and denting the countrys image.

Speaking at State House in Lusaka yesterday when he swore in ACC director general, Godfrey Kayukwa, the president said citizens expected the ACC to help rid the nation of corruption.

Mr Banda said like any other citizen, he anticipated the ACC to help in the fight against corruption as the vice dented the image of the nation and retarded development.

You are called upon by the president and the people of Zambia to fight corruption which has dented our image and denied us development. You have to step up the fight and we have to fight very hard and we pray for you to do this job, President Banda said.

The President also swore in Abedenigo Banda as permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. The president said the Agriculture Ministry required some body who was knowledgeable on agricultural matters because the sector was the backbone of the nation.

He said he was confident that Mr Banda would easily fit into his new role as he had been in the agriculture sector for many years. The president said Mr Banda only recently returned from the United States of America (USA) for further studies in agriculture.

You have been at the ministry for many years of your life and our country needs qualified people, particularly in the agriculture sector.

Food is the basis of our unity and so you have to work hard, Mr Banda said.

Vice-President George Kunda, Foreign Affairs Minister, Kabinga Pande, Works and Supply Minister, Mike Mulongoti and his Information and Broadcasting Services counterpart, Ronnie Shikapwasha attended the ceremony.

The rest were Agriculture Minister, Brian Chituwo and Secretary to the Cabinet, Joshua Kanganja, among others.

Times of Zambia

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