Zambia’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has shown a lack of independence and is allegedly under the control of a group within the government, says rights activist Brebner Changala.
According to an article published in the Daily Nation, Changala brought a complaint before the ACC Director General Rosewin Wandi requesting an inquiry into alleged corruption on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mutembo Nchito, however Ms Wandi dismissed the request because “he is a constitutional office bearer.”
The ACC has come under significant public pressure since the election of President Michael Sata. Last December, President Sata publicly castigated Ms. Wandi and the ACC for having investigated his Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba and told the agency that they must seek his permission to investigate members of government. Although Sata’s comment to the ACC was rejected by the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ), eventually the cases involving both the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Defence were abruptly dropped by the ACC.
“How was Kabimba cleared when he was not even interviewed? Who is supposed to clear him the ACC or President Michael Sata?,” Changala said in the Daily Nation interview. “What type of hypocrisy is this where they even stand tall to ask the former President Rupiah Banda to avail himself for questioning? Can Ms Wandi tell us who is protected constitutionally between the former President and the DPP?” he asked.
Mr Changala said the ACC’s integrity was first erased what Mr Sata first appointed Mr Timothy Kabalata to run an institution that was expected to be vibrant.