ZNBS enhances fight against corruption
By BUUMBA CHIMBULU
THE establishment of Integrity Committees (IC) will strengthen the processes and procedures at the Zambia National Building Society (ZNBS) to enhance service delivery.
Having an IC at ZNBS was critical as it enhances the functions of the Society, Anti Corruption Commission (ACCA) acting Director General Silumesi Muchula said in Lusaka yesterday.
Speaking at the IC focal point person training workshop, Mr Muchula said they are committed to working with ZNBS in preventing and combating of corruption in the institution.
“I want to assure you that the Commission would continue to render all the necessary technical support to assist you effectively institutionalise corruption prevention.
“It is clear that President Hakainde Hichilema and his Government abhors corruption and has shown commitment towards championing the prevention and combating of corruption in every sector of society,” hesaid.
Mr Muchula said the IC would be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to execute their roles and responsibilities as changemanagers at ZNBS.
“May I through the media who are present encourage Controlling Officers of all public institutions to endeavour to clean up their institutions, officers that have appetite for public resources, should not be tolerated but should be bought face to face with the law or any available administrative procedures,” he said.
Speaking at the same function, ZNBS managing director Mildred Mutesa said the Society was committed to the fight against corruption and any related malpractices.
Ms Mutesa said the Society take a zero tolerance to corruption and maladministration and was for this reason the institution established an IC in 2019, in line the provisions of the Anti- Corruption Act No.3 of 2021.
In a speech read for her by director risk Elijah Chulu, Ms Mutesa said it was hoped that the Commission would continue giving them the necessary guidance as it strive towards a fully-fledged integrity programme with the staff.
“We are elated that the Commission has once again come in to train our focal point persons from all our branches outside Lusaka. This will help in spreading the fight against corruption in all provinces where the Society has a presence,” she said.
The Integrity programme was launched by the Board of ZNBS on June 3, 2020 and a virtual re-launch was conducted on August 6, 2021 due to the Covid-19 restrictions, this was undertaken to ensure that the integrity programme was visible to all members of staff.