Zambian Voice Executive Director Chilufya Tayali has revealed that he was paid K10,000 by State House official Kaizer Zulu at the height of Mr Zulu’s corruption scandal.
Mr Tayali said the money was meant to assist the Zambian Voice carry out some advocacy activities for Mr Zulu when he faced investigations by the ACC bordering on corruption.
He also revealed that he has received money from politicians such as UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and figures such as newspaper owner Fred M’membe and suspended DPP Mutembo Nchito.
Mr Tayali was speaking on Wednesday when he featured on a radio programme on Power FM called Power and Politics.
He explained that as a non-profit making organisation, the Zambian Voice receives donations from well-wishers to keep it going.
Mr Tayali however stressed that he cannot get comprised after receiving donations from individuals or organisations.
“Basically what we do is source money from everywhere. We are a civil society organisation and our role is to speak out. We have spoken out for many individuals in this country whom we feel have been down trodden and this is our work,” Mr Tayali said.
He said most Zambians do not have the right to question his conduct as Executive Director because they have never donated anything to the running of the Zambian Voice.
“People can talk all they like but when it comes to keep the organisation a float, Zambians don’t step up. I have to struggle to look for funds so that we can talk the way we talk,” he said.
He added, “I have no shame to say that yes Kaizer Zulu has given me some money, yes he gave me a ka 10 pin at that time he was facing those corruption issues and we spoke for him. We have done the same for HH and Ba GBM. HH gave me a ka 2 pin.”
Mr Tayali also revealed that he has now fallen out with Mr M’membe for undisclosed reasons.
“I used to be very close to Fred but yes we have not been in good terms because I am a person who speaks my mind and I told him off over something that he was pushing and this is why I do not get any coverage from the Post these days.”