On the March 17th 2012 the ZRA in conjunction with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Road Traffic and Safety Agency (RTSA), Zambia Police and the Immigration Department hosted a Joint Integrity Awareness Workshop as a means of promoting integrity in public and private institutions.
Key speakers at the workshop were Acting Commissioner General Priscilla Banda and ACC Director General Rosewin Wandi who highlighted corruption as a vice that erodes the moral fiber of the country and leads to unfair competition, poor service delivery, lower access to human rights, distortions in our international image and withholding of funds from cooperating partners amongst other things. The key speakers emphasized that the vice could be curbed by establishing ethical codes of conduct, corporate values, empowering communities with knowledge, political and corporate will and instilling complaint/feedback instruments with in institutions.
In the same vein, on June 12th 2012, the ZRA Integrity Committee (IC) arranged a Focus Group Discussion that captured financial, civil society and private institutions with the aim to discuss the causes of corruption in ZRA, with emphasis placed on the Customs and Domestic Taxes Division. Key concerns were raised during the discussion and the IC will be acting on the issues raised in order to limit corruption in the stated divisions
The IC Initiative was introduced as a measure to assist both public and private institutions in curbing corruption. The IC Initiative is one of the strategies of the National Anti-Corruption Policy (NACP) which is aimed at institutionalizing the prevention of corruption. The NACP was approved by the Government of the Republic of Zambia in March, 2009 and its implementation is spearheaded by the Anti-Corruption Commission.
The Secretariat would like to commend the ZRA for the stance it has taken on fighting corruption, and is looking into the possibilities of rolling out ICs in private institutions towards greater transparency, accountability and national development.