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LUNGU ORDERS PROBE OF REPORTS OF NEPOTISM

By AARON CHIYANZO in Mansa

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu says he will send the Auditor General’s office to Mansa to investigate reports of corruption involving Covid-19 relief funds and other empowerment funds.

President Lungu warned that he would take stern action against any civil servants who would be found wanting.

This follows complaints by traditional leaders and the clergy during separate meetings with President Lungu of relief funds being abused by public officers.

The public officers are alleged to have put their relatives and friends at the expense of targeted beneficiaries.

President Lungu said he would not tolerate corruption among civil servants.

“This reported nepotism is corruption, I will send the Auditor General here so that they can investigate this alleged abuse of funds. I will take action against anyone who will be found wanting when I get the report,” he warned.

And the traditional leaders told the President in Mansa yesterday that Covid-19 relief funds had not reached the intended beneficiaries as the distribution process was marred with nepotism.

Chief Mabumba who spoke on behalf of Chief Chisunka, Chief Kulusa Lukangaba, Chief Matanda, Chief Chimese, Chief Kalaba and Chief Mibenge said that it was not clear how selection of beneficiaries was done.

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