The FDD says people involved in the plunder of over US$3.5million should quickly be arrested so as to save as a deterrent to would be plunderers.
FDD deputy national secretary Antonio Mwanza says it is disgusting to note that the very institutions that should 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.
“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 $1.9 million meant for monitoring the 2016 general elections,” Mwanza who is also FDD spokesperson said in a statement.
“The money embezzled is part of the $3.5 million grant that was given 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 revulsioning 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.”
He accused the CSOs in the country of being conduits for fraud who can be bought by the highest bidder.
“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 abhorrent 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,” he said.