Zambian NGOs steal Millions of US Dollars from UK’s DFID

Zambian Watchdog published an article titled, “Zambian NGOs steal Millions of US Dollars from UK’s DFID.” The article reads in part as follows;

“The Department for International Development (DFID) a United Kingdom government department responsible for administering overseas aid in Zambia has reported three Non-governmentalOrganisations (NGOs) to the Zambia Police and to the Drug Enforcement Commission-Anti-money laundering Unit.

This follows a forensic audit into funds given to the Zambia Accountability Project(ZAP) for monitoring the disputed 2016 General Election.

Following the forensic audit Report; project manager, Abdon Yezi has been suspended.

ZAP consisted of NGOs among them; Zambia Women’s Lobby Group, The Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD), Foundation for Democratic Process(FODEP) Young African Leaders Initiative -Zambia(YALI) and TIZ.

The damning forensic audit Report seen, has implicated Abdon Yezi, and has requested SACCORD Director Boniface Chembe, YALI’s Andrew Ntewewe and FODEP Executive Director, Chimfwembe Mwenye to immediately refund millions of dollars given to their institutions for monitoring of the 2016 General Elections but were allegedly misappropriated, stolen or defrauded.

Transparency International and Women’s Lobby Group appear to have provided proof that they deployed, paid monitors and met funded activities while others are alleged to have wantonly abused the funds, failed to deploy monitors but prepared desk-top pliagirised reports and submitted reports from “bogus or ghost” monitors to mask the alleged theft.

Besides demanding a refund of the aid money, DFID has taken the unprecedented step of reporting the matter to the Police-Fraud section, and to the Drug Enforcement Commission-Anti money laundering Unit.

DFID, who were put under pressure by the UK Foreign Office, to justify that Zambia’s 2016 general elections were held in a free and fair manner and that the outcome reflected the will of the people, requested for information for the funded activities.

It became clear from the onset that funds were misappropriated and monitors were not deployed as funded.”

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