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$600 million World Bank Money for Girls Education and Women Empowerment still not used

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 World Bank Country Director in charge of Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Eswatini, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Mr. Paul Noumba Um
World Bank Country Director in charge of Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Eswatini, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Mr. Paul Noumba Um

The World Bank is concerned that despite committing almost one billion United States dollars to Girls Education and Women Empowerment and Livelihood (GEWEL) project, 60 percent of the funds have not yet been disbursed.

World Bank Country Director for Seven Southern African countries, which include Zambia, Paul Noumba Um says the Bank is willing to even increase its funding above One billion, but the Zambian government must help to distribute the money faster.

Mr. Noumba Um is however impressed with the Girls Education and Women Empowerment and Livelihood (GEWEL) project, which he has hailed as one of the most successful interventions.

Mr Noumba Um said this when he called on Vice President Inonge Wina in Maseru.

He also noted that despite the level of income going up significantly in a number of southern African countries, most of them are still faced with the problem of malnutrition among children below the age of five.

Mr. Noumba Um explained that it is against this background that the World Bank has called a meeting to engage with policy makers on how the problem can be tackled.

And Mrs Wina said it gives a sense of worry to note that huge amounts of resources are taking long to be disbursed.

She has however assured that there is political will from the highest office in the land to ensure the successful disbursement of the funds.

Mrs Wina said Zambia needs enhanced financing to carry out a number of advocacy programmes.

The Vice President, who thanked the World Bank for inviting her to deliver a key note speech at the Early Childhood Nutrition Conference in Lesotho, expressed Zambia’s commitment to early childhood nutrition.

Zambia's Vice President Hon. Inonge Wina at the Ivan Hotel in Maseru, Lesotho.
Zambia’s Vice President Hon. Inonge Wina at the Ivan Hotel in Maseru, Lesotho.


  1. This shows this Government is as clean as a whistle.

    They are trustworthy.

    Watch the lost sheep below me commenting now and discrediting this powerful working Government.

    Again we are in safe hands with president Lungu.

    As the reigning best blogger I know what I’m talking about.



    • So the question is where is this money Which bank is it in? How much interest has it accrued. What has happened to the interest? These are the things we the citizens also need to know. And I also blame the World Bank because these sa.ta.nists know how funds are misused buying luxury Suvs and paying huge salaries and allowances yet they wait for the funds to be misused without telling us the people. We need summarised annual reports to be published in daily papers for all to see. They the donors must be transparent but this is not what they want. Their wish is always to see us to fail so that they put us in a submissive corner. Very useless sadistic cretins.

    • They don’t want to touch European or American money because it is so audited, they prefer unaudited Chinese money which is been put in various cheap construction sites to confuse the masses and make them believe zed is doing fine when not.

    • It’s World Bank’s polite way of saying that the money has been stolen, looted or misapplied. There’s no way $600 million is “sitting in a Zanaco account”.


    • This was the same with Millennium account …it had to take the Americans give them an ultimatum, they dont have plans for audited money which has to accounted and Tender rules are followed…these are merely petty thieves with no heart for Zambia.

    • Money is with the World Bank, still waiting for a credible country with strong internal controls and procedures to apply and prove the country will account for that money.

    • Hahahaha….! Funny and sad at the same time.

      People have Computers, smartphones, tablets, and the like, yet they can’t look up a simple term like “DISBURSED” and understand what it means if they are not sure….and then comment.

      Not that I condone any form of STEALING by any civil servant or Govt official, but these predictable KNEE-JERCK comm

      dis·burse (verb): pay out (money from a fund).
      Example: “$6000 million of the pledged aid had already been disbursed”

      synonyms: pay out, spend, expend, dole out, dish out, hand out, part with, donate, give, etc.

      Not that I condone any stealing/corruption by Govt officials, but can someone tell me how anyone in Zambia is able to steal funds/money still sitting a WB acct in New York or wherever? This is WB begging Zambia to…

    • Continue….

      apply for or accept to receive this money and use it for it’s intended purpose.

      We come to expect some knee-jerck comments on any to topic from certain individuals on here. But didn’t expect is to see people suspend their intellects too. Sad!

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    I can bet ya if that money were released to these Kawalala masholi monkeys, it is already been taken away and stashed away in a Swiss bank or Bahamas accumulating interest. Only when someone will wake up from their slumber and ask about it, will they return it. Either that or this is incompetence of the worst kind by this government of Lungu.

    The donors are really clueless… you really can’t trust these incompetent thieves with any kind of money and expect anything good. If these guys were serious they would be using trusted NGOs like World Vision to implement developmental projects for them.

    I keep saying the amount of free money from donors that has poured into this country since Independence is colossal and if we were prudent with it, there would be no poverty to talk about at…

    • Alternative Facts Fake News S**thole Countries Social Mobility Chinese Zambia Police Reservists Corruption scandals: Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans

      …there would be no poverty to talk about at the minute. Unbelievable!

  3. Can the govt state which other money is laying idle in the bank? I think we are tired of this nonsense of money being in the bank when we can’t see it. Is it in Geneva account or local banks. If the money has been intact, who has been getting the interest that has accrued after more than six months? We are not kids!!

  4. Get this right. The money has been allocated by the World Bank for this purpose but we have failed to utilize this facility. Each government has to approach the World Bank to access this cash by presenting the country’s identified projects falling within the conditions prescribed for such monies. The problem is that this government just talks but does little to implement what it says. How many project proposals have they presented seeking World bank funding?

  5. World Bank ain’t that numb….money is stashed somewhere outside……their monies have process and procedures for one to access it….it’s not like they give and audit later…..they audit as they disburse….coz that’s the proven way for them to handle Africans…..Blacks to be specific…..they know and they are convinced we are corrupt….and can we blame them????that can be like running away from our own blood in our veins….coz corruption is our life line…..

  6. Imwe ba world bank ! If u have nowhere to take your money just seat. As if u dont have social media. Ok lets do this. Next time u want to give us money just tell us place and time and we shall tell the young girls and women to line up for their share. You re welcome! This habit you also have of tempting our government with large sums of money u take to long to follow up should stop. Give them but every 3 months do a ka lusambo impromptu follow up

  7. Now we know that Girls Education and Women Empowerment money dished out as “donation” by the President and the rest of his entourage is actually GRANT by the WB!!!

    Not just thieves but also perennial liars!!!

    Shameful act of using donor money for political deception!!!

  8. These guys are really corrupt, do you honestly think they would just keep the money and not spend it, that I disagree with, dununa reverse they don’t even feel bad for all the wrong they have done. NI BA POMPOWE

  9. These guys are laundering their characters by presenting a facade by presenting the impression that cash presumed squandered is actually lying around all over the local banks. The fact is there is monies that they cannot touch because they do not have the jurisdiction – then there is cash they loot quite heartily because they have the finger on the purse… and the pulse of the intended recipients. Iyfabupuba fye lyonse like we are kids they are lying to shuwa!

  10. World Bank funds do not sit a in local banks. They will sit outside Zambia until Boma shows that it is ready to use the funds. Meanwhile they would rather handle Chinese money with no audits.

  11. How do you borrow but don’t use it for the intended causes that you signed it for? So is the education for girls solved and we don’t need money for them now? We are probably accruing and paying interest in the money sitting in at the World bank and not making interest for Zambia. The group of leaders Zambia has really worries me.

  12. The money in question is just on paper, in real practical manner this money is in this foolish top GVT official’s accounts, & is the actual money they are using to buy blend whisky & drink with their stupid girls in Lusaka’s hotels & lodges, so mr. Um don’t be fooled by ka Amos Chanda & the gang

  13. They were waiting for a by-election so that they distribute it to the girl child in that area and assure themselves of enough votes using the same tactic.

  14. Let Botswana handle that money. That nation has the will no how and expertise.
    I agree with most above, they are afraid of touching the World Bank Funds because the are attached to stringent audits. Kikikikikikiki

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