CSPR welcomes the arrest of Dr Evelyn Nguleka and director Ndambo Ndambo

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ZAMBIA National Farmers Union (ZNFU) executive director Ndambo Ndambo (left) and Finnish Ambassador to Zambia Pertti Anttinen during the signing ceremony of a Four million Euros bilateral agreement to finance the Core Support Programme (CSP) in Lusaka
File:ZAMBIA National Farmers Union (ZNFU) executive director Ndambo Ndambo (left) and Finnish Ambassador to Zambia Pertti Anttinen during the signing ceremony of a Four million Euros bilateral agreement to finance the Core Support Programme (CSP) in Lusaka
THE Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) has welcomed the arrest of Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) president Dr Evelyn Nguleka and director Ndambo Ndambo by the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC).

CSPR Communications Programmes Coordinator Maxson Nkhoma said in a statement in Chipata yesterday that time has come for ZNFU to be held accountable not only to the donors but also to the people of Zambia and the farming community in specific in whose behalf ZNFU was being funded.

Mr Nkhoma said the farming community suffered untold misery at the hands of the current ZNFU Board and its management as a result of misappropriation of funds which were meant to boost the agriculture sector Zambia.

He said CSPR calls for the resignation of the entire board at ZNFU in the interest of good cooperate governance, accountability and for justice to take its root without any perceived interference from the ZNFU Board or management. “It is regrettable and unfortunate that money meant to support the growth of small of small scale farmers in Zambia went into the pockets of few individuals,” he said.

Mr Nkhoma said it was such kind of behavior which has affected the implementation poverty reduction programmes in Zambia and if left unchecked rural poverty would remain stubbornly very high in Zambia.

He said CSPR welcomes the resignation of Dr Nguleka stating that it was imperative that entire board of the ZNFU resigns in the interest of justice and smooth conclusion of investigations by law enforcement agencies without any perceived intimidation which may cause hindrance of justice as a result of tempering with critical documents and evidence.

“From the conduct of the ZNFU Board since these allegation started, it is very clear in the minds of stakeholders that entire ZNFU board was well aware of the alleged misappropriation of donor funds and could have been involved in the alleged misappropriation of funds this is evidenced by failure to take any action against management even when the evidence of wrong doing was overwhelming,”he said.

He said CSPR was however saddened that ZNFU has found itself in such a situation at a critical time when stakeholders were looking up to them to help provide solutions on how the country can successfully diversify its economy from being a copper dependent to an agricultural based exporting country .

“CSPR wishes to thank and commend the Drug Enforcement Commission for acting our report we logged against the Zambia National Farmers Union early this year,”he said.

Mr Nkhoma appealed to donor agencies to modify their funding mechanisms by putting in place modalities which ensures direct funding to implementing structures such the District Farmers Associations as opposed to giving a lap sum amount of money to institutions which are not directly implementing activities.

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    • I am surprised that the Post and Watchdog have not carried out this story or perhaps I missed it. The Post in the initial stages dug out a lot of issues but at this stage they seem disinterested. Times of Zambia and Daily Mail who really should have the most interest as public newspapers have just reported it as an event and not a forensic account …

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  1. Zambian institutions are full of corruption. White collar crime is the order of the day. Ma Audit reports yali mbwe even governement audit reveals these crimes yet rarely ever does anyone get caged. In this case its only because the donors complained. If ACC and DEC were doing their Job a lot more thieves would be caged.

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    • DEC and ACC are all corrupt and am sure they were corrupted that’s why they kept quite and it had to take a foreign auditor… shame

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  2. How on earth does DEC arrest them….what the hell is this….they stole money not drugs…..another circus of abuse of tax payer’s money and authority….may be I dont understand regulatory system pa Zed since our courts are equally confusing us…the President publicly admitted not understanding certain sections of the constitution itself regarding appointment of nominated ministers…

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    • Zero Boyz have a look at the mandate of the DEC. Money laundering and abuse of office are some of areas where the institution exercises its authority …

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  3. Zero Boyz have a look at the mandate of the DEC. Money laundering and abuse of office are some of areas where the institution exercises its authority …

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  4. @ZERO BOYS.DEC ARRESTED THEM BECAUSE OF MONEY LAUNDERING, WHICH FALLS UNDER THEIR DEPARTMENT.NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU MAY DISPISE SOMEONE,CONDEMN THEM ONLY WHEN THEY ARE WRONG AND NOT FIND A FAULT IN EVERYTHING.THANK YOU

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  5. That picture says it all. “Yes, please sign here, here and again here” directs Wiley fox (whiskey, sp?)…..Ndambo to the innocent Swedish victim!

    Ba kawalala bamangeni bamambala!

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  6. haaaahaaaaaaa Zero Boyz, showing your ignorance to the magnitude of people no wonder why some of the comments are meaningless…… Ba grade zero, anyway we are not surprised.
    Just browsed to see what comments some people make and this made me to react knowing that some people just know to write English ……. uneducated fellow Zero Boyz.

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  7. From the picture you can see that this Ndambo guy was so much in a hurry to sign so that he can get the loot.He really looks deceitful.He must payback the money and rot in jail together with all his accomplices.It’s actually shameful that foreigners are the ones fighting corruption for us and one can’t help but wonder why it took so long for law enforcement agencies to arrest these punks.
    Good job donors!

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  8. Please we don’t want a botched arrest ensure you tie their property and arrest his wife as well for receiving money suspected to be from stolen proceeds, attach all their properties as well so that they forfeit once convicted it can be sold off and the money goes back to the coffers it was meant for. As the court since this is a matter of public interest give general directions for time in which the submissions should be made we don’t want the failed acts of ex-dpp vs chiluba, or indeed dec vs. kapoko….manga!

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  9. Ndambo Ndambo emulate your boss by stepping aside. You made your residence a paradise using tax payers’ money. Who’s got the authority to fire this man? Is it the Republican President or does the ZNFU have a board of Directors?

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    • How can Lungu fire him when both are thieves.

      Lungu stole more than half what has been looted at znfu in one year.

      Ba Bbuju why discriminate…arrest the state house thief too.

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  10. I thot these pipo are educated. You removed honest, hard working pipo because of a paper and brought in thieves . what have we seen from so called educated Zambians apart from thieving?

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  11. Cant we have a body that can be dishonoring the educated thieves. If institutions can honor pipo why not having bodies to dishonor if found wanting. If I have a degree and found wanting why not losing the degree as well or whatever paper I have. We need to stop thieving by educated. Zambians.

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