Corruption remains an enemy that costs countries’ resources, denies people what rightfully belongs to them and fuels inequality by promoting unjust empowerment of those who are ready to part away with bribes, The Times of Zambia (Ndola) reports.
Yesterday, Zambia joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Anti-Corruption Day which was held at Lusaka Showgrounds under the theme; “Your Right, Your Role: Say No to Corruption.”
This theme is a reminder that everyone has a role to play in fighting this vice by saying no to the giving and receiving of bribes.
This is because the people who suffer when corruption is rife are individuals who die from using counterfeit and expired drugs bought through corruption; who fail to access quality health care due to the unavailability of drugs in hospitals; whose children cannot go to school because there are no teachers, and so one.
In a speech read for him by Justice Minister Mulambo Haimbe, President Hakainde Hichilema said the theme should remind everyone that the fight against corruption is not meant for law enforcement agencies alone, but all citizens and residents.
He said just as citizens rose up individually and collectively to make a decision to change Government on 12 August, people should equally take a stand against corruption by saying no to the vice and playing their part in building a better future for Zambia.
The United Party for National Development administration believes that in order for the fight against corruption to be effective and achieve the desired results, institutions mandated to lead the fight must be well equipped, with the necessary skills and resources, both human and capital.