There has been an increasing emphasis on asset recovery and forfeiture in investigations and prosecution of corruption cases worldwide. This includes the identification of stolen assets or proceeds thereof and returning them to grants.   Sometimes the assets are located in foreign jurisdictions from which a victim country has to seek their return. Mutual legal assistance is required where this is the case. Success stories have largely depended on the extent of enhancing understanding and policy development in the area of stolen asset recovery. But asset recovery and forfeiture is responding to criminal activities that have already, or are about to take place. Corruption prevention mechanisms may reduce the likelihood of the occurrence of those criminal activities. Both should be aggressively addressed in order for the Anti-corruption fight to be won.

In this report, we will explain both the legislative and institutional framework for enhancing enforcement and prevention mechanisms in Zambia. Criminals must never be allowed to benefit from the proceeds of their crimes. Read More

The Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB) performs its functions under the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Act No. 11 of 2007. The Bureau has three major functions. These are: Prevention, Community Education, Combating and Law Enforcement.

This report highlights the performance of PCCB for the period of July 2013 to June 2014 and it briefly points on the achievements and challenges met.Read More

Reinforcing a culture of integrity and probity at all levels remains high on our agenda. The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has been taking concrete preventive and investigative measures in this endeavour.

Investigation into cases of corruption is conducted in a systematic manner in line with the principles of impartiality and independence.

On average, 1600 complaints are recorded annually, out of which 33% are pursuable and subject to preliminary investigation. Around 8-10% of cases land up at the further investigation stage. As at date, 151 persons have been convicted for corruption and money laundering cases (97 persons for money laundering cases and 54 persons for corruption cases) and 150 cases are pending before the Intermediate Court.

For enhanced effectiveness in investigation, much emphasis is laid on the recruitment of staff possessing the appropriate skills and training of staff. This year 10 trainee investigators have been recruited to reinforce the investigation team. In addition, local and overseas training are provided to staff at various levels. For example, in–house court-oriented simulation trainings in the form of mock trials are held with a view to address specific issues. Overseas training, delivered by international institutions and stakeholders, are also provided to officers.Read More

We are pleased to address ourselves to fellow members of the Southern Africa Forum against Corruption (SAFAC) to, once again, share experiences of our countries with regard to the efforts that we have undertaken in order to recover assets as well as, the actions for the prevention of corruption.

We propose, therefore, to present, on the one hand, the Mozambican legal regime for the recovery of assets derived from criminal activity and on the other hand, the essential activities performed in 2013, to prevent crimes of corruption occurring in our country. Read More

Malawi lies in the southern part of Africa and shares boarders with Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia. The country attained independence in 1964, and for 30 years, it was under a single party system of government.

 

In 1994, the country became a multiparty democracy. Consequently, it adopted a New Republican Constitution in 1995. Following this new constitution, the country established institutions aimed at promoting transparency, accountability, personal integrity and financial probity. The institutions include the Office of the Ombudsman, the Human Rights Commission, the National Compensation Tribunal, the Electoral Commission, and the Anti-Corruption Bureau among others. This paper generally reports on the achievements of the Anti-Corruption Bureau in the years 2013 and

2014. The report includes the year 2013 due to the fact that Malawi did not participate in SAFAC Annual General Meeting of 2013. Read More