BUSINESS and investment advisor William Harrington says he is willing and ready to apply to Chief Justice Ireen Mambilima to appoint a tribunal to investigate allegations of corruption against some serving Cabinet ministers.
Harrington, a former minister, said this is in pursuant to Section 13 (3) of the Parliamentary and ministerial code of conduct Act, Chapter 16 of the Laws of Zambia, in the public interest, to investigate allegations of corruption against some serving cabinet ministers provided he is availed of irrefutable prima facie evidence of breaches of the law including the Zambia Public Procurement Agency (ZPPA) of 2008.
“Of particular interest are the purchase of fire tenders by Ministry of Local Government, purchase of ambulances by Ministry of Health and alleged construction of 49 residential houses for a named minister,” he stated.
He stated that there was need for a tribunal, or tribunals, so appointed to consider and investigate whether or not any of the ministers are in breach of the provisions of the parliamentary and ministerial code of conduct through abuse of authority of office and also whether or not they acquired any pecuniary advantage by virtue of their positions or “indeed assisted any other person, party or organisation to acquire any pecuniary advantage.”
He stated that the need for appointment of a tribunal which is investigative only and without powers to prosecute cannot be over-emphasised because it would afford accused persons a transparent and open forum to show their innocence over corruption and abuse of authority allegations which could be in breach of the Ministerial Code of Conduct Act, Chapter 16 of the Laws of Zambia and the Zambia Public Procurement Agency (ZPPA) Act no. 12 of 2008.