AFRICA IS DETERMINED TO RID ITSELF OF CORRUPTION- STRONG SIGNAL AS ZAMBIA’S EX-FOREIGN MINISTER IS ARRESTED OVER CORRUPTION

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The gains in the fight against corruption in the African Continent continues to draw world attention as previously “untouchable” leaders not being spared as anti-graft bodies fight to protect and recover public resources.

Yesterday, Tuesday 7th December, the Zambian anti-graft authorities arrested the high ranking former Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Malanji for possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime.

The Minister was accused of possessing a Bell 430 helicopter valued at about $1.4 million (Kshs.158.06million) which is suspected to have been acquired from proceeds of crime, as per a statement by the Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit.

Intandem with his Kenyans Counterpart President Uhuru Kenyatta, upon his election in August this year, the new Zambia President Hakainde Hichilema vowed to step up the fight against graft and recover state assets allegedly stolen under the previous government. Rampant theft had left Zambia in a multi-billion-dollar debt crisis which forced it to seek help from the international money lender, IMF.

Malanji, is also facing accusations of possessing three other properties suspected to have been bought from proceeds of crime, worth $16,733, $14,311 and $18,955 (Kshs.5.646,387.07) in Lusaka.

He is also facing joint charges with former Treasury Secretary Fredson Yamba over an irregular transfer of over $192,000 (21,682.560million) to the Zambian Mission in Turkey. Yamba was released on bail while Malanji has been detained in police custody until he meets the conditions set for him to be granted police bond, the anti-money laundering unit said.

The African Union, through the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combation Corruption (AUCPCC) has prevailed on its members in the continent to get rid of corruption which has bled the continent leaving her people impoverished despite its immense resources. Accordingly, the arrest of these high ranking officials, coming just ahead of the eve for commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day is timely and sends a strong message that, not just in Zambia or Kenya, corruption has no room in Africa.

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