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Feb 24, 2012 1:10 PM by Jacqui Heinrich

UN chief urges Zambia to fight corruption

LUSAKA, Zambia (AP) - The U.N. chief has urged Zambian lawmakers to spare no one in the fight against corruption.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, speaking to Zambia's parliament at the start of a visit Friday, called corruption a cancer that threatens democracy and anti-poverty efforts.

He says, "In this fight there can be no sacred cows, there can be no parallel systems of justice - one for the poor and the weak; another for the powerful and protected."

Zambian President Michael Sata came to power in the southern African nation last year on an anti-corruption campaign. Ban is scheduled to meet Sata Saturday.

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