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Zambia’s anti-corruption bureau on Friday said it will conduct investigations on the purchase of 42 firefighting trucks which have received a backlash from stakeholders.

The purchase of the trucks at 42 million U.S. dollars has sparked outrage in this impoverished southern African nation, with critics demanding an explanation on why the trucks were purchased at an exorbitant price.

Last week, President Edgar Lungu called on investigative agencies to take an interest in the matter and launch investigations.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) said although it already conducted investigations on the matter in 2016 when the tender was awarded, it would conduct fresh investigations due to public concern.

Dorothy Mwanza, acting spokesperson of the anti-corruption bureau, said people with new information on the matter should avail it so that the agency may look into the matter further.

The investigations, she said, centered on whether or not appropriate procurement processes and procedures were followed in the awarding of the tender and that investigations revealed that process and procedures were followed and the matter was closed. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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