Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) has once again asked President Edgar Lungu to dismiss his Minister of Health, Dr Chitalu Chilufya after his arrest by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) over allegations of corruption.
TIZ president, Rueben Lifuka said in a statement that he does “not agree that President Lungu should limit himself to doing only what is legally provided for when making such a decision, but he should also do what is morally right”.
“Asking his Minister to step aside, is not to prejudge him (Dr Chilufya), it is to protect the integrity of the investigative process,” he said.
He said asking the minister to step aside will insulate “his (President Lungu)’s own government from unfortunate distractions which this case may present if the said Minister remains in his office”.
Mr Lifuka added that President Lungu has a duty to ensure that “the ACC does its job as independently as possible, while protecting the presumption of innocence of Hon Chilufya”.
Yesterday, the ACC arrested Dr Chilufya over allegations of corruption. The minister was however, released on bond and is expected to appear in court on 09 July 2020.