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Zambia’s anti-graft body said on Friday that it has picked 20 cases from the latest Auditor-Generals report related to financial mismanagement by public workers for further investigations.

The release of the 2016 Auditor-General’s report recently has received a backlash from stakeholders following revelations that there was an increase in misapplication of funds, with calls for action on the culprits.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) said it has picked a total of 20 cases from the report related to its mandate for further investigations while Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), which also deals with money laundering, has also selected some cases for investigation.

Timothy Moono, the anti-graft body’s public relations manager, warned public workers against abusing their positions to enrich themselves at the expense of ordinary citizens and that the body will not relent in pursuing such individuals and ensure that they face the full wrath of the law.

These cases will be pursued to their logical conclusion, he added.

The official told reporters during a press briefing that the revelations in the Auditor-General’s report of financial mismanagement in the public sector were of great concern, adding that the increase in misapplication of funds was a serious indication that there was a problem with financial management systems.

“There must be a deliberate initiative to strengthen financial management systems in the public sector so as to close up opportunities for leakages of public funds,” he said.

While promising the anti-graft boy’s commitment to pursue all cases of suspected corruption, the official called for collaboration with all stakeholders as corruption cases were usually complex. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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