ACB re-introduces change of ownership vetting

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)has reintroduced the vetting and clearance process for change of ownership of land, houses and vehicles.

The bureau initially discontinued the process on February 5, 2018.

In a statement, the bureau’s Director General, Reyneck Matemba, says the decisions is aimed at preventing the disposal or concealment of proceeds of crime.

Read part of the statement: “The decision is in accordance with section 10 (1) of the corrupt practices act, and is aimed at preventing the disposal or concealment of the proceeds of crime.”

Matemba, said the bureau has also sent a formal communication to all relevant and respective public institutions to process the applications.

The fraud monitoring body has also expressed its commitment that within its powers it will conduct the vetting and clearance process within seventy-two hours after receipt of the submission to ensure that service delivery to the public is not interrupted.

Further to this, the bureau has appealed to controlling officers in public institutions to equally process all the application and not take advantage of the process to demand money from applicants.

The process was initiated when the bureau discovered the plunder of public resources in the famous 2013 cash gate.

On February 5, 2018 the ACB discontinued the screening of applications for change of ownership of property because it had served its intended purpose as most cash gate cases which were investigated had been concluded.

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