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ActionAid Zambia denies looting allegations

Headlines ActionAid Zambia denies looting allegations

Country Director and civil society activist, Nalucha Nganga-Zimba
Country Director and civil society activist, Nalucha Nganga-Zimba

ActionAid Zambia has denied reports that a recent audit has unearthed widespread looting of donor funds at the anti poverty organization.

In a statement, ActionAid says it has been made aware of a social media post containing wide-ranging allegations against the organisation, its past and present staff.

“We would like to categorically inform our partners, supporters and allies that the allegations are baseless, malicious and untrue,” it said.

“We assure all our partners and supporters that ActionAid Zambia remains astute in its mission of achieving social justice, poverty eradication and gender equality, guided by its values, including integrity and transparency, among others, the statement read.

The social media posts alleged that Action Aid Zambia,Board Chairperson Aretha Mwale has resigned following revelations of extensive abuse and looting of donor funds at the organization.

Ms. Mwale is said to have informed her fellow Board members last week that she was bowing out of ActionAid Zambia.

She is said to have expressed concerns with deep audit revelations.

And the Swedish Government which recently gave ActionAid Zambia $4.8m for good governance programs associated with the 7th National Development has also expressed concern at the recent revelations.

Swedish Embassy Head of Development Co-operation, Karin Sverkinthat is said to have expressed concerns fearing that the swedish government might freeze funds until after the Audit.

He also said, if the abuse is confirmed, ActionAid Zambia and implicated officials will be made to refund the money.

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    • $4 million is a lot of money for seminars only, you don’t know what to do with it. I like NGOs who construct something like toilets or water boreholes.

    • I complained about this Ms. Nganga-Zimba after that borehole debacle to her Actionaid International regional head office in RSA and Headquarters in UK as she lamentably failed to justify the cost of that operation.
      Donors should stop giving these organisations funds and just go there and do it themselves…its distributing every-time seeing the same adverts of malnourished black Africans on European TV asking viewers to donate £2 a month via direct debit every year for never ending projects in Africa for the past 20 years.

  1. But why would one manufacture such lies? Or why would one deny the truth? So to clear the air both the Zambian Observer and Action Aid must be in the dock to determine who is lying so that they are taught a lesson. This is sickening!

  2. In Mpongwe one ministry of community has been shortchanging unsuspecting old people on their social cash entitlement. The case will be reported to relevant authorities once enough evidence has been gathered.

  3. Our real Zed VALUES and PRINCIPLES – Ubomba Mwibala!
    AUTHENTIC Zambians are very rare to find – One in a Million!
    Shameful if true!

    • Surely what do you expect when you give someone $4 million for “good governance programs associated with the 7th National Development” the first thing that comes to mind is seminars in Siavonga and Livingstone, then allowances whilst there…its seems the Swedes have more money than brains.

  4. Examples that are taken from the PFoools govt, these are the values and principles that embac!le was talking about yesterday… What a shame money meant for the poor

  5. Verify before opening up that thing you call mouth otherwise we will not be able to differentiate the sound from that other opening in your backside.

  6. When you have a president who does not deny that he is a corrupt theif everyday , every civil servant and general public begin to think it is ok to be called a theif.

  7. Nalucha, I have been telling you & your work mates to say leave politics to politicians, but you don’t want to listen to me, wamona !!!! my dear prepare yourself to cry more just wait

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