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ASSET RECOVERY INTER-AGENCY COORDINATION FRAMEWORK GETS UPDATE

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In January 2023, the National Prosecution Authority, Ministry of Justice, Zambia Police Service, National Anti-Terrorism Centre, Zambia Revenue Authority, Drug Enforcement Commission, Anti-Corruption Commission, Office of the Auditor General, Bank of Zambia, Department of Immigration and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife signed the inter-agency framework creating the National Task Force on Asset Recovery.

The aim of the Framework is to support collaboration between competent authorities in tackling serious offences and asset recovery. Six months in, the agencies have updated the membership to include the Office of the President, the Road Transport and Safety Agency, the Patents and Companies Registration Office and the Ministry of Lands in order to increase efficiency in the operations of the Framework. The agencies today signed an addendum to the framework to effect the enhancements to the framework.

Speaking at the event, the Minister of Justice, Honourable Mulambo Haimbe SC stated

If we are to win the fight against illicit financial flows, it will be prudent that the functions independently performed by different institutions be coordinated and properly synchronized”

The National Task force will endeavor to meet the expectations of the Zambian people in the fight against organised crime, corruption and money laundering.