Esther Katongo
Esther Katongo

The Zambia Police has finally confirmed that it has now received a formal report from British Council regarding the UK’s Department for International Development’a funded Zambia Accountability Project (ZAP).

Two weeks ago, a source from British Council revealed that around 3.5 million pound of donor funds have stolen by a group of local civil society organizations.

The funds were given to local NGOs as part of DFID’s election support fund in the run up to the 2016 general elections.

However, the Police and some NGOs implicated rushed the dismiss the story and described it as malicious.

But Zambia Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo has confirmed that a report on the fraud case has been received.

“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,” Mrs Katongo said.

“The fraud is said to have occurred between 01st January, 2016 and 01st September, 2017,” she said.

Mrs Katongo said the revelation follows an internal investigation carried out by the British Council.

She said the Zambia Police has since opened an inquiry file in the matter.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. What did they use the stolen money for? Rigging the election?

    How much did “Christians” for Lungu get?

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  2. This is the first of its kind. Talking about corruption and fraud is commonplace but investigations, prosecutions ad convictions are rare. The likelihood of conviction is high. Conviction is high because the donor has shown courage and the police is also showing bravery. This should serve as a warning to potential tricksters. The civil society also needs the same vigilance that one expects from government.

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  3. You will see how they British govt will chase this issue as they do not mess with their taxpayer’s funds not even if it 30 pence…very soon you will hear crooks commiting suicide due to high BP.

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  4. These fraud stars have taken Zambia for granted, where prosecutions and convictions are ALMOST non-existent. This time they baikata iyauma, sorry guys, chimbokaila is waiting.

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  5. Dokotor, are you sure you are operating in your right state of mind by suggesting that an organisation like DFID can fund an NGO calling itself “Christians for lungu”?.
    DFID were dealing with already established and reputable NGOs for the sole purpose of election monitoring.
    Some of these guys claim to be clean and holier than government yet they also fail to account for Donner funds.
    Bene Andrew ntewewe at YALI (young leaders ..fimo..fimo), abdon yezi and fi NGOCC, vikawalala imwe.

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  6. Please ba police and the ACC the same way you will handle this matter should be the same way you should handle suspects of fraud in the Auditor general’s report. Not because its Britain then should make you retrieve your professional skills that you have not applied effectively locally.

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  7. Fraud and corruption seems to be the way of life in Zambia. It’s very disgusting to be stealing funds from donors. I urge you guys to work diligently and prosecute the culprits. You know that I never used to spare criminals. Your Biss Elizabeth Mutale Mbewe cannot handle this matter as she is illusionist. She threatened me of conspiring to kill me the same way she killed my daughter. So what happened in that Fraud Unit when I left you guys. You became murderers. She must pave way for young fresh minds and prepare her Defence as a killer of her former Biss’ daughter just because she envied her and was exploited because of her inability,it’s go progress cases to court. KK was implicated by Mutale and you guys must move on with clean records. DOnthe AGS report thourougkh

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