By Michael Kaluba
Transparency International Zambia -TIZ- says the amnesty towards people suspected to be in possession of property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime should not be seen to be at the mercy of the President but law enforcement agencies.
TIZ president Sampa Kalungu tells Phoenix News that only law enforcement agencies are mandated under the law, to offer amnesty to wrongdoers and hopes the president has been advised accordingly so that the process is not abused.
Mr. Kalungu argues that leaving the amnesty at the prerogative of the president exposes the process to abuse as the head of state can potentially determine who does and does not get this relief and must be guided by the law according to section 80 of the anti-corruption act no 3. Of 2012.
This provision allows the state to grant amnesty to accused persons in certain instances on condition that they admit wrongdoing and return what they wrongfully acquired through corrupt practices.
Patriotic Front Vice-President Given Lubinda has challenged President Hakainde Hichilema, who is calling for amnesty for those who will return stolen resources, to stop begging the corrupt to return what they stole and simply follow the culprits and secure convictions through transparent prosecution.