By Bright Chikele:
CORRUPTION remains a severe challenge to good governance and the delivery of public resources, says Transparency International Zambia vice president Joseph Kalungu.
Speaking during the launch of the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) service charter, Kalungu noted that there were a number of studies in Zambia that highlighted the problem of corruption in service delivery.
“Such studies include the Zambia Bribe Payers Index produced jointly by the Anti Corruption Commission and Transparency International Zambia. In addition, the National Governance Baseline Survey Report underlined these findings in 2004 and provided a sound foundation for the National Anti-Corruption Policy (NACP), the first comprehensive anti-corruption policy,” Kalungu said.
“It constituted a framework in the fight against corruption that acknowledged that corruption is a cross-cutting problem demanding joint effort and all-inclusive response of all society stakeholders, sectors and institutions.”
The launched service charter, according to Kalungu, would provide information on how to register motor vehicles, obtain a driving licence and the fees for certain services and penalties.
“It gives hands-on guidance on what to do in case citizens encounter corruption in service delivery but also on citizens’ responsibility not to engage in corrupt activities (in order) to get a service,” he added.
And Kalungu tipped the road users in Zambia to report cases of corruption to the AntiCorruption Commission or the integrity committees of RTSA and the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) at TIZ.
Meanwhile, RTSA chief executive officer Zindaba Soko said: “All our road transport safety employees should desist from all forms of corruption and should exhibit high moral values through exemplary conduct.”