The Zambia Police must quickly arrest and prosecute officials from YALI, SACCORD and FODEP who are involved in the theft and misappropriation of donor money amounting to £3.5million meant for monitoring of the 2016 general elections.
The money embezzled is part of the grant that was given to to YALI et al by the UKaid through the British Council under the Zambia Accountability Project (ZAP) to ensure the delivery of transparent and credible elections.
It is repulsive to note that the very institutions that ought to be the moral arbiters in spearheading transparency and accountability in the conduct of public affairs are themselves in the forefront of abusing and misappropriating donor money.
It is no wonder that most of today’s Civil Society Organizations are nothing but a gang of lickspittle sycophants ready to be hired for a fee to speak against others in order to access donor money for personal aggrandisement.
Instead of focusing on ensuring that the necessary institutional and legislative frameworks are reformed in order to enhance good governance, these famished mercenaries posing as Civil Society leaders are busy writing project proposals in order to syphon donor money.
It is abohherent that people are now using the church, the civil society and politics to amass wealth at the expense of the majority.
The fate of those involved in the misappropriation of donor money must serve as a deterrent to others with sticky fingers that crime doesn’t pay.
People must learn to work hard for their money and stop resorting to writing sugarcoated project proposals to the donor community to pilfer ndalama za bazungu.
Issued by Antonio Mwanza, FDD Deputy National Secretary and Party Spokesperson.