It’s rare that a thief admits or confesses that he steals.
Equally, corrupt politicians never admit that they are corrupt.
And we don’t expect Edgar Lungu to admit that he is corrupt or that he is a thief. Corruption is like ubucende, it’s never admitted – kufwa na No.
Edgar has never admitted or confessed to the Zambian people that he is a thief who stole his client’s money as a lawyer.
Despite numerous challenges to explain the source of the sudden increase in his declared wealth, Edgar has failed to do so. And we all know that unearned income is prima facie evidence of corruption.
And does it surprise anyone that today Edgar is saying:
“My government and I have been branded and framed as corrupt by our detractors whose major intention is not just to shroud the successes that my government has scored in developing the country, but whose aim is to paint my government black so that citizens turn against me and my government. Opposition parties, that you are aware of, in cahoots with some civil society organisations, have hatched a sustained campaign to brand and frame my administration as corrupt and they believe the international community will listen to them and finance their campaign once they scream the corruption frames. From the baseless demonstrations we are seeing on Saturday’s that our detractors have upped their game to please their sponsors, less so the Zambian people in whose interest we serve. As President and lawyer by profession, as much as I want corruption to be annihilated in Zambia, I would not like innocent people to be accused of corruption and left to suffer the shame for the rest of their lives. This trend of framing innocent people, especially through social media, needs to be stopped to protect innocent people. As a matter of fact the Anti-Corruption Act states that false accusers are supposed to be prosecuted themselves. Whistleblowers are welcome but if they make false, frivolous or groundless complaints or allegations, they endanger their own freedom. This is not a threat it is a fact of law.”
Now Edgar wants to remove the protection of whistleblowers and have them prosecuted!
Every champion of anti-corruption understands very well the need to protect whistleblowers.
Who will ever report any corruption to an Anti-Corruption Commission which has been ordered to prosecute whistleblowers?
A whistleblower is one who reports an activity that he/she considers to be illegal or dishonest to law enforcement agencies. The whistleblower is not responsible for investigating the activity or for determining fault or corrective measures; appropriate law enforcement officers are charged with these responsibilities.
Many countries that are serious with fighting corruption have adopted comprehensive whistleblower protection laws that create mechanisms for reporting wrongdoing and provide legal protections to whistleblowers.
And Edgar’s double standards are really embarrassing. Look at how his government is prosecuting opposition leaders on trumped up and baseless corruption charges! Have you ever heard him say anything against that or stop it?