THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) says integrity committees in public institutions help fight corruption.
Anti- Corruption Commission acting director general Kapetwa Phiri said today during the Commonwealth Africa heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies training in Pretoria that the legal requirement for public institutions to form integrity committees would help seal loop-holes and practices that breed corruption.
He said Integrity Committees in public institutions had boosted the fight against corruption through the introduction of whistle-blower policies and service charters in law enforcement and regulatory institutions.
Phiri said he was happy with the progress Zambia had so far recorded in the fight against corruption as 56 organizations had formed Integrity Committees, of which 54 were in the public sector.
He said Zambia had scored significant achievements towards the creation of a corrupt-free country by embracing e-governance as a mechanism of reducing contact between members of the public and service providers.
Phiri said the creation of a corrupt free Zambia was a national program as government was inculcating ethical values and patriotism in its citizens.
And Phiri has called on anti-corruption agencies in Africa to work together to end the vice while successfully prosecuting economic crimes whose proceeds had been invested in foreign jurisdiction.