DPP should not meddle in the operations of law enforcement agencies – Kafwaya
By NATION REPORTER
MUTOTWE Kafwaya has advised that the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) and Police have should objectively fight corruption without being used as tools of persecution.
Mr Kafwaya, the Lunte Patriotic Front (PF) Member of Parliament says the general citizenry would only support the crusade against corruption if the ACC, DEC, FIC and the police could prove that they were not being used as tools persecution, retribution, vengeance and settling of political scores.
Mr Kafwaya, the PF presidential candidate said the fight against corruption was guided by law and establishments and that the law enforcement agencies should endeavor to strictly abide by the rule of law in their course of duty.
He said the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) should never at any point be the one to pursue corruption suspects as his mandate was to prosecute and not to witch-hunt.
“The place of the DPP is to wait for cases to come from law enforcement agencies and assess their merit for prosecution and proceed accordingly. His place has got nothing to do with going for anyone involved in corruption.”
He said the former DPP, Mrs Lillian Shawa Siyuni was vilified when she asked the DEC to stop meddling in her work and that it was his expectation that the new DPP was not going to manage prosecution through persecution.
“The 2023 budget which was passed for office of the DPP has no provision for going after anyone involved in corruption. I think the law also does not provide for the DPP to be going round looking for anyone involved in corruption,” Mr Kafwaya said.