In recognition of the aspirations of the Government and the people of Zambia to achieve ‘zero tolerance’ to corruption, this policy is founded on the following principles:
· Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law
This requires compliance with the provision of the Constitution, and other laws of the Republic of Zambia, in a manner safeguarding basic human rights and freedoms.
A committed leadership of unquestionable integrity is a precondition for good governance and for achieving zero tolerance to corruption.
· Ethics and ethical conduct
Ethics and ethical conduct is a moral and social norm that requires doing more than complying with laws and regulations, to doing what is right with emphasis on good or goodness in conduct. This is in line with what an organized group determines for itself and expects its members to comply with and uphold.
· Fight against corruption is universal
This is the duty and responsibility of every person of any gender, age, creed or orientation, and institution – private and public, as the effects of corruption are not discriminatory.
· Fight against corruption is a partnership
This demands development and involvement of strategic partnerships and alliances forming integrity networks that facilitate co-ordination of the activities of all the bodies and stakeholders; exchange of relevant information among major stakeholders; and, provision of assistance to one another.
· Fight against corruption demands consistency
This entails ensuring effectiveness in implementation of measures against corruption through continuous oversight; review of the performance of the corruption prevention measures; and, making regular proposals on enhancing the effectiveness of the measures to the institution that has the authority to carry out the measures.