Tuesday, January 20, 2009

ACC launches 5-year strategic plan on fight against corruption

ACC launches 5-year strategic plan on fight against corruption
Written by Kabanda Chulu and Masuzyo Chakwe
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 6:58:51 PM

THE Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday launched a new five-year strategic plan aimed at broadening the fight against corruption.

During the launch of the strategic plan that will run from 2009 to 2013, ACC chairperson justice Valentine Chileshe said the commission had repositioned itself to intensify the fight against corruption in the country.

"Under the new vision, the ACC will now become a lead institution of a broader sector alliance for combating corruption in Zambia and this new strategic vision aims at embracing as many stakeholders and people as possible so that the fight against corruption is broad and has deep commitment by all," justice Chileshe said.

He said during the last strategic period covering 2004-2008, the ACC recorded progress in improving its management and operational capacity to meet the mandate and in promoting national integrity and good governance.

And permanent secretary for Management Development Division at Cabinet Office George Kawatu said the effective implementation of the Strategic Plan or lack of it would impact significantly not only on the ACC's capability to fight corruption but on the wider concept of governance as outlined in the Fifth National Development Plan.

"It is therefore important that ACC Commissioners, management and staff take full ownership and provide full organisational commitment to the plan to ensure its successful implementation to the satisfaction of all stakeholders and the nation as a whole," said Kawatu.

And British High Commissioner to Zambia Tom Carter said Zambia was increasingly being seen by the international community as a model for the fight against corruption.

High Commissioner Carter said the British government was ready to provide continued support to the ACC through funding from the Department for International Development (DfID), which had since 2000 provided support amounting to seven million British pounds.

"We hope the Zambian government will join us by adding more of its own money to fund this important work and soon approve the National Anti Corruption Policy as well as move in to bring appropriate domestic legislation from the ratified international covenants relating to corruption," said High Commissioner Carter.

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