Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) has demonstrated its commitment to fostering integrity within its organization.
The mining giant has established Integrity Committees (ICs) for its subsidiaries, Konkola Mineral Resources Limited (KMRL) and KCM Smelter Co Limited, marking a significant stride in the fight against corruption.
The Integrity Committees are currently undergoing comprehensive training facilitated by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
The five-day training, scheduled from November 15th to 20th, 2023, aims to equip committee members with the necessary skills and knowledge to develop and implement robust anti-corruption measures.
Topics covered include laws and policies on corruption, ethics, integrity, conflict of interest, and effective complaint handling.
Enock Mponda, acting CEO of KCM, emphasized the devastating impact of corruption on societies during the official opening of the workshop in Chingola.
Mponda highlighted KCM’s commitment to promoting integrity within the organization and urged committee members to be proactive, maintain unquestionable integrity, and lead by example both at work and in their communities.
He called on committee members to collaborate with the Anti-Corruption Commission in identifying risk factors for corruption and implementing remedial measures to reduce vulnerability.
Mponda stressed the collective responsibility of KCM employees in protecting all resources under their care for the greater good.
Chola Kasongo, ACC Copperbelt Regional Manager, emphasized the critical role of integrity committees in addressing vulnerabilities to corruption within institutions.
He expressed the Commission’s commitment to working closely with the Integrity Committees to prevent corruption and related malpractices in workplaces.
Mr. Kasongo pledged necessary technical support to help the committees effectively institutionalize corruption prevention measures.
The establishment of Integrity Committees at KCM adds a significant private-sector dimension to the fight against corruption in Zambia, he stated.
Currently, only two Integrity Committees in the country operate in the private sector, with KCM and Zambia Sugar Company Limited leading the way.
Mr. Kasongo further stated that the remaining 140 committees are associated with government or parastatal institutions, underlining the pioneering role of the private sector in fostering a corruption-free environment.