FIC report meant to embarrass govt – Lungu

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Edgar Lungu has accused the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) of embarrassing his government by making its 2017 report public.

The FIC’s 2017 Trends report released recently revealed that the country has lost K4.5 billion through financial crimes mainly perpetrated by those in government.

This has agitated the ruling Patriotic Front and its surrogates who have since embarked on a campaign to have the FIC disbanded and its director general Mary Tshuma arrested for allegedly breaking the law by revealing intelligence information to the public.

And President Lungu has finally broken his silence on the explosive report.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson Amos Chanda at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport shortly before the head of state’s departure for Kenya, claimed that the FIC had not submitted its report to his office.

“President Lungu says he regrets that particular details of the FIC findings are with civil society. Heads of civil society boasted at a public forum held at Kapingila House in Lusaka on Wednesday that they would embark on a ‘name and shame’ campaign as details of the investigations of the financial crimes were given to them,” Chanda said, adding that President Lungu was not aware that public money had been lost due to tax evasion, fraud, theft and corruption.

“No such reports have been given to him by the Auditor General’s office, Zambia Revenue Authority, or any law enforcement agencies.”

Chanda said that the report was released to civil society organizations in what State House suspects was a ploy to embarrass government.

 

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