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Any aspiring leader who doesn’t talk about corruption is a thief in waiting – Mfula

ANY aspiring leader who doesn’t talk about laws to stop this cycle of corruption started by the Chiluba ensemble is just another thief in waiting, says Chanda Mfula. The former PF media director who penned his thoughts about how ‘Corruption was born in Zambia’ on his Facebook page stated that the law as it stands makes it difficult to effectively prosecute corruption in public office. He however noted that Kenneth Kaunda, during his tenure as president, ensured there was a strong code to deter leaders from engaging in corruption.

“How Corruption Was Born in Zambia…For all his failings, President Kenneth Kaunda ensured there was a strong code to deter leaders, including himself, from engaging in corruption. When he lost power, those who took over from him saw how he and those who served with him left penniless and went on to live ordinary lives (Kaunda lived in someone else’s house; his number two, Grey Zulu, became a peasant farmer somewhere in Makeni),” Mfula said.

Mfula, who is also a media and communication expert from the University of Sussex and University of Leicester, said following the MMD’s determined corruption, three subsequent presidents shamelessly resisted efforts to bring back a kind of leadership code through the abuse of office clause.

“Today, public coffers can be emptied at will because the law, as it stands, makes it very difficult to effectively prosecute corruption in public office. That’s why for me, any aspiring leader who doesn’t talk about laws to stop this cycle that started by the Chiluba ensemble is just another thief in waiting,” said Mfula.

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