Transparency International Zambia this week released a letter addressed to Youth and Sports Permanent Secretary Agness Musunga in which she was given 72 Hours to act on findings that Dr Chishimba had been plundering funds at NYDC.
A source at the Ministry revealed that Dr Chishimba has been asked to step down by Youth and Sports Minister Vincent Mwale or be fired.
The source further disclosed that Mr Mwale has since reported the matter to the Anti Corruption Commission for further action.
In the letter to Mrs Musunga, TIZ Executive Director Goodwell Lungu alleged that the NYDC was involved in double payments to its Chairperson amounting to K153,134.41 which the Auditor General’s Office report have clearly stated that this was wasteful expenditure.
‘The report clearly shows that the total budget for the financial year ending December 31st 2014 for Board meetings was K154, 710. The report notes that the whole budget was applied towards the payment of the council Chairman’s allowances totaling K153, 134.41 (K95, 384.41 daily subsistence allowances and K57, 750 sitting allowances),’ the letter read.
It said, ‘That a total of K294, 596.37 representing 30% of the funds released to NYDC were applied on the Council Chairman’s expenses against a Board Meetings budget of K154, 710. You will recall that in our letter of 18th August 2014 to you, we provided you with evidence alleging that over 32% of the NYDC funding received for seven months from January to July in 2014 had been spent on the Board Chairperson totaling K102, 000.00 and subsistence allowances totaling K120, 564.91. 4.’
‘That contrary to Treasury and Financial management Circular no. 8 of 2012, the NYDC overpaid its Chairman. 5. The Audit report notes as we had already reported to your office, that contrary to Section 13(2) of the Youth Act which provides that the Secretary of the Council shall be responsible for the administration of the day to day affairs of the Council, from November 2013 to August 2014, the Chairman undertook the roles of the Council Secretary who was supposed to be the Chief Executive Officer of the Council.’