Zambia’s political elite engaging in unprecedented acts of corruption – Prof Mwewa

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International Institute of Certified Forensic Investigations (IICFI) executive director for Africa Professor Gibson Mwewa says there is need to expose a constituency emerging that is engaged in unprecedented levels of corrupt activities and other financial crimes in Zambia.

In a statement, Prof Mwewa who is author of principles of forensic investigations, financial and economic crimes in Zambia, states that corruption in Zambia is seemingly on the increase.

“Our preliminary review has identified that politically exposed persons and their network / associates as the emerging cluster and constituency for sustained engagement in unprecedented high levels of corrupt activities and other financial crimes in Zambia,” Prof Mwewa stated.

“It is noted with great sadness that Zambia, a Christian nation, is now ranked as the 6th among Corrupt Countries in the world on the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)’s 2018 Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey…and typical economic crimes in Zambia are said to include Asset Misappropriation, Accounting Fraud, Bribery and Corruption.

He stated that there is urgent need to address

the significant rise in financial crimes such as corruption in Zambia.

“Politically Exposed Person entrusted with a prominent public office or someone who has serious connections directly or indirectly to person who yield high political power / and public authority. It is noted that a PEP generally presents a higher risk for potential involvement in bribery and corruption by virtue of their position and the influence that they may hold or by virtue of the influence of the persons they are connected to.”

“The Zambian social economic, political and almost the entire governance system appear to favour PEPs and their networks and the evidence abound; Cases before the Courts Of Law involving people with political connections are taking years to dispose compared to those of ordinary citizens without any political connections,” he stated.

Prof Mwewa stated that today, business Contracts and Tenders are easier to get if one has a political connection regardless of whether they have the capacity or skill to handle the contract.

“Title to Land is being given to those with political connections without assessment and due regard to our citizens who have been on land for 100s of years.A Number of Policies / Acts of parliament are being developed to favour business interests for those who are well connected to the powers that be.Bursary awards at public universities and employment opportunities in public sector favour those aligned to good political connections. Law enforcement is only applicable to the majority of citizens without political backing.”

He stated that the power and influence being yielded by politically exposed persons to influence the social economic, political and governance of the country to suit their interests is a serious danger to our country, the health and well-being of its citizens.

“PEP with connections to international networks of other corrupt PEP, once they fall out among themselves, have. potential for putting the security of the nation a greater risk.When PEP and their networks amass a lot of ill-gotten wealth their focus is self-preservation and will stop at nothing from ensuring that they protect themselves and their networks – which can result in serious political instability or breakdown in the rule of law. PEPs are a serious breeding ground for increase in financial and economic crimes in the third world countries,” Prof Mwewa stated.


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