It writes:
We have found “the Office of the Filer” and we looked at the files!

The current “Office of The Filer” is the Registrar of the Supreme Court, who is appointed by the Chief Justice in accordance with Section 11(2) of the Parliamentary and Ministerial Code of Conduct Act.

Background 🔍🔎
Following the public interest in the “Office of The Filer” video extract, shared by the ACA which was circulated widely on social media regarding government ministers’ declarations of assets, interests, liabilities, and incomes, the ACA decided to search for and find who exactly was the said “Filer.”

Process 🔃
To find “The Filer,” the ACA Fact-checking Unit looked at the Parliamentary and Ministerial Code of Conduct, Cap 16 of the Laws of Zambia which provides for the conduct of Ministers and Members of Parliament.

Findings 🔎
According to the Parliamentary and Ministerial Code of Conduct Act, all Members of Parliament, Cabinet and Speaker of the National Assembly must make annual declarations of their interests, assets, liabilities, and incomes 30 days after their first date of appointment or election and 30 days after every anniversary.
The Act states interalia that:
10 (2) An officer shall- (a) within thirty days after his appointment; and (b) within thirty days after each anniversary of his appointment to the office concerned; submit to the Chief Justice an annual declaration of assets, liabilities, and income in accordance with this section.

  1. (1) On receiving a declaration of interest under section six or a declaration of assets and income under section ten, the Chief Justice shall cause the particulars of the declaration to be entered in a register. Registration of declarations of interest and of assets (2) The register shall be kept in such form as the Chief Justice approves and shall be made available for inspection by members of the public at all reasonable times.

The declarations are submitted to the Chief Justice who then selects the form and who keeps them. In this instance, the current “Filer” is the Registrar of the Supreme Court.

NEXT, look out for our fact-checking story on whether ALL Cabinet ministers have filed their declarations tomorrow Wednesday 30th March 2022 as claimed by Director & Spokesperson, Ministry of Information Mr. Thabo Kawana in response to a question arising from a press statement made by Chapter One Foundation.

The ACA Fact-checking Unit is part of the European Union in Zambia funded ‘Ask Project’


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