Following Zambian Watchdog revelations yesterday, President Michael Sata has with immediate effect suspended Copperbelt Provincial commissioner Ms Mary Tembo, from exercising the powers and functions of her office.
This is according to a press statement issued by Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. Edgar Lungu.
“In view of allegations of corruption levelled against the copperbelt provincial commissioner Ms Mary Tembo that she received a motor vehicle from some mining company for her personal use without declaring it to her superiors, His Excellency President Michael Chilufya Sata has with immediate effect suspended her from exercising the powers and functions of her office”. Lungu said.
Mr. Lungu said Tembo cannot continue carrying out her duties because the alleged act of converting a motor vehicle or indeed any property donated by well-wishers to personal use without declaring that property to superiors contradicts the code of ethics for the public service which states that a public service employee shall not accept gifts, rewards or hospitality or receive benefits of any kind from any person or organisation which might compromise or reasonably be seen to compromise one’s personal judgment or integrity.
He said that the matter has since been handed over to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for investigations and in this regard, the president had re-deployed Lusaka Province commissioner, Ms Joyce Kasosa to act during the investigations.
A Kitwe-based Grizzly Mining Limited recently is said to have donated a Toyota Corolla to Ms Tembo to mitigate challenges she is faced with in the execution of her operations.