The country’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has denied reports that it is shielding cabinet ministers implicated in the K577 billion theft of government money known as cashgate.
According to ACB public relations officer Egritta Ndala, the rumours are not true as the bureau cannot be shielding anyone who contravened the laws.
Ndala said ACB as an independent organization is working tirelessly on the case and added that people should be patient since the graft-busting body is still working on a report from the auditor general.
“We are still working on the report from the auditor general then afterwards we will consider what to do. People need just to be patient on the matter and we are not sure when we can be through.
“We don’t know if there is any minister implicated because as I have said, we are working on the report and it is not true that we are protecting the ministers implicated. We are working for people and they should not be doubtful with us,” Ndala said.
She further said they always follow procedures and that is why people are coming with those suggestions that they are backing the implicated ministers.
It is claimed that seven current cabinet ministers were involved in the cashgate scam which saw 577 billion being looted from government coffers between 2009 and 2014. Since a report on the fraud was released by the media, some quarters have been accusing the ACB of being toothless.