Finnish Envoy Speaks Out On Corruption in Zambia

Finnish Envoy Speaks Out On Corruption in Zambia

Finnish Ambassador to Zambia Timo Olkkonen has observed there is a lot of talk on the fight against corruption in Zambia which is not accompanied by action.

Mr Olkkonen says there is lack of action against those cited in the Auditor General’s report for misappropriation of public funds.

He has told Q-news that government should consider giving the Anti-Corruption Commission more powers and allow it to work independently.

Mr. Olkkonen has also questioned the public procurement process in Zambia, saying it is not fair and transparent.

He says some European companies have been complaining that the procurement system is not transparent especially with regards to single sourcing practices which may lead to corrupt practices.

Mr. Olkkonen has also called for the protection of corruption whistle blowers.