Zambian leader denies condoning corruption

# 01:27
17 July 2019

Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Tuesday denied assertions from critics that he has been condoning corruption among senior government officials, APA reports citing Xinhua.

The Zambian leader said he was committed to intensifying the fight against corruption in the country contrary to assertions that he has been condoning the vice.

The Zambian leader was speaking when outgoing European Union (EU) Ambassador Alessandro Mariani and his Swedish counterpart Henrick Cederin called on him at State House, according to state-run news agency, the Zambia News and Information Service.

He expressed concern that some critics have been dragging his name in certain corruption cases in the country, adding that his office was not involved in the procurement process.

The Zambian leader however called on cooperating partners and other donors to assist his government in building capacity by providing training for investigative agencies to be equipped with skills to fight corruption.

"On corruption, I wish you could do more in terms of helping us build capacity in those charged with the responsibility of investigating," he said.

He further said people were free to report any corrupt activities to relevant investigative wings regardless of who was involved.

On his part, the EU envoy assured the Zambian leader of the organization's continued support towards efforts aimed at curbing corruption.

He said the EU will consider the request for boosting capacity of officers involved in investigation corruption cases.