“Protecting Whistleblowers for Integrity”

…Transparency International Zambia Calls for Stronger Legal Protections on Africa Anti-Corruption Day

By Francis Maingaila

Lusaka, Zambia24 – (July 11, 2024) – Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) joins the continent in celebrating Africa Anti-Corruption Day, commemorating the landmark African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC).

Maurice K. Nyambe, TIZ Executive Director, emphasized the need for stronger legislative and institutional measures to protect whistleblowers.

“Whistleblowers are defenders of integrity, courageously bringing corruption to light. However, inadequate protections hinder anti-corruption efforts,” Nyambe stated.

Despite their crucial role, whistleblowers continue to face insufficient protections, which significantly hampers anti-corruption initiatives across Africa. Nyambe noted that TI-Z has been actively advocating for legal reforms to strengthen whistleblower protection through its Stop Impunity for Corruption through Enhanced Accountability (SICEA) project.

Nyambe highlighted that the existing Public Interest Disclosure (Protection of Whistleblowers) Act No. 4 of 2012 falls short in several key areas. These include the lack of protections for non-employed whistleblowers, absence of provisions for safe houses, no compensation for whistleblowers in asset recovery cases, and an ambiguous definition of ‘public officer’.

He urged the Zambian government and stakeholders to prioritize amending the Public Interest Disclosure Act to ensure comprehensive protection for whistleblowers, including the provision of safe houses and appropriate remuneration.

“By creating a safe environment for whistleblowers, we can strengthen our collective efforts to combat corruption,” Nyambe asserted.

Nyambe reiterated that TI-Z remains dedicated to advocating for stronger whistleblower protection laws and fostering a culture of transparency and accountability in Zambia, paving the way for a corruption-free Africa.

This year’s theme, “Effective Whistleblower Protection Mechanism: A Critical Tool in the Fight Against Corruption,” underscores the pivotal role whistleblowers play in exposing corruption.

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