The Zambia Police have confirmed that they have received a formal report on the embezzlement of donor funds by some NGOs in the country.
In a short statement to the media, police spokesperson Esther Mwaata-Katongo explained that the British Council had reported some suspected fraud by one of the UKAid funded project in the country.
“I wish to confirm that the Zambia Police has finally received a formal report from the British Council on the suspected fraud by one of the UKAid funded projects which is the Zambia Accountability Project (ZAP).
“The report was made on the 09th November, 2017 to the Zambia Police Anti-Fraud Unit. The fraud is said to have occurred between 01st January, 2016 and 01st September, 2017. The revelation follows an internal investigation carried out by the British Council. The Zambia Police has since opened an inquiry file in the matter,” she said.
Last week on Monday a number of civil society organisations were named in a media report detailing how money meant for the 2016 election activities was misappropriated.
Among the named organisations were SACCORD, YALI and FODEP who were accused of embezzling over US$3 million, something the named organisations have denied.