Zambia Correctional Service (ZCS) Commissioner General, Fredrick Chilukutu, has revealed that the correctional institution has suspended 12 officers for corrupt related offences.
According to ZANIS Mr. Chilukutu said the institution, instituted an inquiry, especially in the recruitment process, which has been concluded and has revealed some elements that the officers misconduct themselves.
He said the correctional organisation has taken drastic measures and that so far 12 officers have been suspended for corrupt practices.
“It is interesting to learn that members of the public can go and expose themselves through paying officers to have their people recruited.
That is being an accomplice in a corrupt matter or practice. It calls for those members of the public to be found and arrested because that is aiding corruption,” Mr. Chilukutu said.
The Commissioner General noted that the institution is currently reviewing the cases and has warned that if the evidence will be overwhelming, the affected officers will be dismissed from the service.
He disclosed that the institution has interacted with relevant authorities, including the police and is presently looking for those members of the public so that such behaviours are discontinued.
“We have instituted an inquiry which has come to conclusion and have found elements from among us that misconducted themselves and collaborated with the members of the public. We are taking very drastic measures and so far we have suspended 12 officers.
We are reviewing their cases and when we have concluded and found that evidence is overwhelming, they will definitely be dismissed,” he said.