In Zambia, President Levy Mwanawasa said this week he was not going to disband the corruption task force. He made the announcement while swearing in the new chairman of the task force. The president, who declared zero tolerance on corruption when he took office in 2002, appointed the task force to investigate corruption cases. But the task force has come under sharp criticism for targeting former President Fredrick Chiluba and Mr. Mwanawasa’s opponents. Earlier this month the Zambian president dismissed the chairman of the task force, Mark Chona, who had been heading it since its inception.
Vernon Johnson Mwaanga is the minister of information and a government spokesman. From the capital Lusaka, he talks to reporter Peter Clottey about the president’s anti-corruption drive.