Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) has called on the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) to urgently investigate the allegations that have been raised about financial impropriety at Football Association of Zambia (FAZ).
TIZ Executive Director Goodwell Lungu says his organization has noted with concern the allegations made by the former Treasurer for FAZ Kelvin Mutafu on alleged financial impropriety at Football House.
Mr. Lungu says it is important that the investigations are thorough and include the Nike deal and the replica jersey alleged saga, the ticketing system, and match agent commissions among others.
Mr. Lungu has also urged Mutafu and all other stakeholders who have information to cooperate with ACC and all relevant bodies so that a good job is done.
He has also urged Sports Deputy Minister Ronald Chitotela not to preempt the work of the ACC by issuing unnecessary statements that seem to defend FAZ.
He says it is shocking that the Deputy Minister whose Ministry spends colossal sums of public monies on FAZ is quick to dismiss the allegations made, even before an investigation is conducted.
The TIZ Executive Director has challenged the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, as Controlling Officer to institute measures to ensure that all public resources that have been extended to FAZ are properly accounted for.
He says there is also need for the Auditor General’s Office to take keen interest in these allegations.
Mr. Lungu states that it is instructive to note that the allegations have been made by the Treasurer- who is the custodian of finances in FAZ, making these allegations to be attended to only by competent investigation being carried out.
Mr. Lungu has since assured the public that his organization we will closely follow this matter and continue to engage all relevant stakeholders involved in investigating these allegations of impropriety.