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Zambia suspends 15 revenue officials over bribery

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- Zambia’s revenue collection agency said Wednesday it has suspended 15 of its officials for allegedly accepting bribes for clearance of goods.

The 15 Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) officials, from its Ndola office in the Copperbelt Province, allegedly received bribes from clearing agents to facilitate quick processing of goods entry, according to a statement.

The employees were suspended for dishonesty conduct that compromised the integrity of the revenue collection agency, it said.

The agency has also suspended 27 licenses of clearing agents over similar allegations and the matter has been reported to law enforcement agencies for further investigations.

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EARLIER REPORT;

Zambian leader urges prisoners not to abuse presidential pardon

LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) -- Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Monday urged prisoners to be responsible citizens whenever they are released from prisons under the presidential pardon.

Lungu said prisoners should not abuse the prerogative of mercy which gives him powers to release inmates before they finish their sentences because it was meant to give them a second chance in society.

The Zambian leader expressed concern that some prisoners who were pardoned under a law that gives him powers to pardon inmates went back to their old ways of living.

Lungu, who was speaking when he donated various items to a prison in Lusaka, the country’s capital, said the presidential pardon was meant to provide the inmates with an opportunity to become responsible citizens, according to state broadcaster, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation.

             

 

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