Lusaka ~ Sun, 20 Sept 2020
By ZR Reporter
The civil society organisations comprise the National Youth Anti Corruption Movement, Young African Leaders Initiative and Zambian Institute of Governance and Civil Liberties Advocacy Platform.
Speaking at a joint media briefing in Lusaka today, the organizations have asked the government to pay a listening ear by bringing the topic to closure through a Commission of Inquiry.
According to the CSOs, the inquiry will allow future generations to demand utmost dedication from those tasked to serve the country.
“The inquiry will allow us to learn the extent of which the country lost her wealth as a result of lack of patriotism and white collar financial criminality during the privatization,” the CSOs said.
The petition hopes to collect 20,000 signatures to be presented to President Lungu on Friday.
“We want to state that we are encouraged by the response of our country’s Number One Judge, who has recommended that such an Inquiry can only be set up using the presidential powers conferred on the Republican President. It is for this reason that we are, today, launching this Citizen’s Petition to the Republican President to set up that Inquiry. We intend to present this petition to the President this Friday once we collect 20,000 signatures,” they said.
The petition is open for signatures on SurveyMonkeyDOTcom and ChangeDOTorg websites as well as through hard copy signing.
The hard copy petition has been dispatched to all parts of the country for signing.
“It’s gratifying that those whose names have popped up such as Mr. Hichilema who negotiated the sale of Rainbow and Mosi-O-Tunya assets in Livingstone, have indicated their willingness to now be scrutinized by such an Inquiry. This is how it should be. No one must be afraid of an inquiry or claim they want to be killed. Only those who conducted themselves wrongly or inappropriately would have a reason to be scared. We the Zambian people are simply asking for answers and not looking for anyone’s blood,” the CSOs said.