BY NATION REPORTER
THE fight against corruption is achievable despite being complex and challenging, North western province permanent secretary Ephraim Mateyo has observed.
Speaking during this year’s commemoration of the Africa Public service day in Solwezi, Mr Mateyo said winning the fight against corruption needed concerted efforts from all stakeholders.
‘’Similarly, the fight against corruption requires the presence and involvement of principled leaders at all levels of society,’’ Mr Mateyo said.
He said corruption in the public service, not only hinders implementation of government policies and programmes but also undermines the quality of public services.
He however said government remains steadfast in the fight against corruption and has continued to implement and support programmes aimed at preventing and combating corruption at all levels of the public service and society at large.
‘’In this regard, measures being implemented include joint operations by law enforcement institutions in dealing with cases of abuse of public resources reported in the auditor general’s report. “From this report, some erring public officers have already been punished for engaging in corrupt practices,’’ he said.
He stated that government has continued to implement the National Anti-corruption policy which among other things encourages the participation and networking of public and private institutions in the fight against corruption.
He revealed that one of the intervations in the policy is the institutionalisation of the fight against corruption through the formation of integrity committees in all public institutions.