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Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) Arrests FAZ President Andrew Kamanga

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FAZ president Andrew Kamanga

The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has announced the arrest and joint charging of FAZ President Andrew Kamanga and his deputy Reuben Kamanga and two other individuals for money laundering offenses.

The individuals apprehended are:

Andrew Kamanga, FAZ President, aged 57, residing in Lusaka’s Mimosa area,
Reuben Kamanga, FAZ General Secretary, aged 52, residing in Lusaka’s Makeni area,
Madalitso Kamanga, aged 53, residing in Lusaka’s Woodlands Chalala, and
Jairous Siame, aged 44, residing in Lusaka’s Mumbwa Road.

They face several charges, including obtaining money by false pretense, obtaining pecuniary advantage by false pretense, and conspiracy to defraud, all contrary to the Penal Code of Zambia.

DEC investigations revealed that the suspects collaborated to obtain K341,902.00 from the Government of the Republic of Zambia under false pretenses. This sum was purportedly allocated as allowances for Madalitso Kamanga and Jairous Siame to attend the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The funds were transferred into their personal accounts, with each receiving K170,951.00, and return tickets valued at K99,980.00 were also obtained.

However, it was discovered that neither Madalitso Kamanga nor Jairous Siame held official or executive positions within FAZ. The funds were disbursed to them under the guise of being FAZ officials, intended for their attendance with the advance party for AFCON.

These fraudulent activities took place between 1st January and 15th February 2024, coinciding with the dates of the Africa Cup of Nations held in Ivory Coast from 13th January to 11th February 2024.

The suspects are currently finalizing bond processes and will appear in court soon.

Below is the Full Press Statement

The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested and jointly charged two Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Officials and two other individuals for money laundering offenses. The suspects apprehended are:

Andrew Kamanga, FAZ President, aged 57, residing in Lusaka’s Mimosa area,
Reuben Kamanga, FAZ General Secretary, aged 52, residing in Lusaka’s Makeni area,
Madalitso Kamanga, aged 53, residing in Lusaka’s Woodlands Chalala, and
Jairous Siame, aged 44, residing in Lusaka’s Mumbwa Road.
These individuals have been jointly charged with several offenses including:

Obtaining money by false pretense contrary to Section 309 of the Penal Code Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
Obtaining pecuniary advantage by false pretense contrary to Section 309 (A) of the Penal Code.
Conspiracy to defraud contrary to section 313 of the Penal Code.
DEC investigations revealed that the suspects, while acting together, obtained K341,902.00 from the Government of the Republic of Zambia under false pretenses. This money was purportedly allocated as allowances for Madalitso Kamanga and Jairous Siame to attend the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The allowances were transferred into their personal accounts, with each receiving K170,951.00. Furthermore, the duo also obtained return tickets valued at K99,980.00.

It was discovered that the funds were disbursed to two individuals under the guise of being FAZ officials, necessitating their attendance with the advance party for AFCON. However, investigations revealed that neither Madalitso Kamanga nor Jairous Siame held official or executive positions within the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ).

This fraudulent activity transpired between 1st January and 15th February 2024, coinciding with the dates of the Africa Cup of Nations held in Ivory Coast from 13th January to 11th February 2024.

The suspects are currently finalizing bond processes and will appear in court soon.

The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) underscores its unwavering commitment to combating money laundering offenses within Zambia. The recent joint charges against Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) officials and associated individuals demonstrate the DEC’s dedication to upholding the law and preserving the integrity of financial systems.

As an institution mandated to tackle financial crimes, the DEC reaffirms its stance against all forms of illicit activities, including those perpetrated under false pretenses. The Commission will continue to investigate and prosecute individuals involved in money laundering schemes, ensuring accountability and justice for all.

Issued by:
Sydney Katongo
Assistant Public Relations Officer
Drug Enforcement Commission

38 COMMENTS

  1. Again, ati “TULYEMO”, the route lazy men take or the men in suit. When the sun raises in the east and sets in the west, in between is when we wait to see what was done in darkness come to night. Every man’s wrong action got consequence and if Zambia is a nation of laws, those with long fingers, dipping them into taxpayer’s money must face justice.

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    • Imwe ba bemba ngati mufuna kuyenda ku ka new relationship kanu na Malozi , just go in peace. Dont drag ka Manga mu va upuba. Ama setting by the minister….. . You will remember us !! The spirit of ZWANGENDABA is upon us!

    • Why am I not surprised? As an ex-civil servant I will tell you thats how civil servants make their money. By creating “false pretences each time they are on a trip. Either you invent a cost with fake duplicate receipts or false identity; pose as a civil servant entitled to an allowance when you arent.
      Or, get one of the top civil servants, Director or PS, to award you a non-existent contract then a corrupted accountant passes the payment. These and plenty other things happen everyday in the civil service. The DEC knows. Kamanga just got caught because he didnt chekelako someone in the corruption chain

  2. I truly think they have stolen more money than that amount for all the years they have been at FAZ. These DEC guys just needed to do proper investigations and be patient. That is just tip of the iceberg. What a toxic country this is where everyone is corrupt or a thief. Unbelievable!

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    • LT You dont get apprehended after being arrested. Its the other way round: You can be arrested after being apprehended

    • By the way why are they all named “Kamanga”… are they running FAZ as a family business or it is just pure coincidence? Unbelievable!

  3. Unfortunately DEC officials are interested in “nichekeleko “…the courts and Judges are only interested in “nichekeleko “…the President himself is only interested in “nichekeleko”…..these guys have stolen billions…the monies being mentioned is just pocket change….DEC officials want to eat…HH has demonstrated that Jail is for petty thieves…if you steal big you don’t go to jail under HH…they just negotiate with you and ask for a cut from the stolen money and you’re free to go…..

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  4. FAZ has got structures with known officials. You can’t avail government money to officials or relatives outside that realm and expect to get away with it. FIFA money has been stolen leaving a trail of poorly developed infrastructure. When we point out these things Kamanga runs to FIFA to get Zambia banned from football activities. Can he explain where the money is instead of accusing innocent people of interference. Where is the money?

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  5. Even up today…if you ask HH what happened to Faith Musonda’s 65 million you won’t even get a proper answer…Gold turned into copper…Milingo Lungu US$26 million…..48 Houses…etc the list goes on and on..HH IS FIGHTING CORRUPTION BY ENABLING CORRUPTION…Exporting maize in order to import the same maize…Exporting Electricity to South Africa and Mozambique in order to import the same Electricity….someone is eating big time in UPND

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    • “Gold to copper………”

      Have you taken your medication today ???

      If you have , you need to change it…… .

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    • When Faith Musonda’s money was confiscated, the money was publicly handed over to Ministry of Education to increase the number of bursaries for poor students. The problem is you want to find faults all the time and fail to remember or read. That was a public event. Government has control 99 account. All the resources they make go into that account for payment to different sectors. You have not heard that the number of people on social cash transfer has increased?

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    • Where is that niece of the BOZ governor who pinched thousands of dollars and was arrested by Turkeya Police?

  6. Just a waste of tax payers money….DEC officials just want to eat…since UPND took over….zero conviction….the so called “PF Bandits” are still looming the streets but UPND said they had all the evidence whilst in opposition….HH IS OPPERATING A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE

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  7. The rot starts from the head…HH is leading by example…and now everyone is stealing…10 times more than PF

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  8. Busy developing their pockets instead of football. Not that I support the idea but I think Michael Sata was right when he proposed to have European Town Clerks at our councils and heads at our institutions.

    • Imagine if such a statement had been issued by HH. We would have never heard the end of it. But now here we are with people even glorifying such an obtuse statement!!!

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  9. Anonymous you must be thick headed
    When ND government came into power they found that your defunct TuPF criminal government hadn’t paid farmers through FRA. These people were frustrated and needed to be paid so that they can grow fresh maize. Mind you maize isn’t like rocks which you can keep forever, it rots over time
    As you have seen so far being revealed your same defunct TuPF criminal government looted the Treasury when we Zambians got fedup and chased them out of government like dogs. Yes dogs because losing by a margin of 1,000,000 votes is unprecedented

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    • So, the sensible ND government had no choice but to sell some old stocks of maize in order to raise money to pay farmers who hadn’t been paid for years. These farmers became motivated and happy, which was a good thing
      So, they are ready to grow more maize given the new inspiring floor price
      proposed by the ND government
      Have you heard of farmers complaining since ND government came into power?
      I hope now you understand and you will never talk about the issue of selling maize. Only stupid *****s will do so
      I submit

    • That one is on drugs……..

      He does not know reality from fiction………

      He does not know the difference between $100 and $10000…………

      He promised us Stanley Kakubo would be re employed by now……….

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  10. The biggest winner in all these arrests and coverups are the DEC arresting officers who get a cut from these criminals they’re arrest and then reduce the figures. Audit all these investigators, you will learn that they are worth way more than they should be and are partners with the criminals. DEC is simply another criminal organization or tool for tge top officials on govt.

  11. The tragedy of our DEC and indeed other law enforcement agencies is that they announce their “victory” against accused persons too prematurely, that is, at the investigation and arrest stages before they prove the guilt of the accused in courts of law.

    Why not await convictions to avoid the kind of embarassments that we have seen in the past, such as the recent the outcome in the KKIA gold scandal.

  12. ………

    If all those kamagas are officially on FAZ payroll…………

    There is something wrong with law enforcement in zambia………..

    Should have been investigated long time ago………

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  13. @Mukunku you people in Upnd must be dull failing to understand the context in which my statement is made. Besides Sata didn’t make this statement as president but as minister of local government. Ati ngani HH what?

  14. @ Spaka
    Thats how they fool you….Kakubo is still on Government payroll getting the same money he was getting as a Minister…there’s no accountability in Zambia….HH is not stupid to reappoint him quick but eventually he will be given his post back or sent to Europe or USA as Ambassador….watch this space

  15. We have a very dull and inexperienced government who does not know how FIFA operates. They want Kalusha to head FAZ but FIFA will threaten government interference and not HH will stand FIFA because they threaten suspension for five years due to government interference. Kamanga knows this.

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  16. But why does FAZ the financial governor of the most popular sport in the country still have to beg for our hard earned taxpayers’ money when going on its AFCON assignments? Where do they take all the gatecash, the television rights, advertising, kit sponsorships etc?
    They severely lack initiative. The problem with Africans is we are waiting for a white man to come and sell us the idea from the UK, like that Hayatou who found a Frenchman to help his son profit from CAF sponsorships.
    Do you guys know how much the Rwanda government pays Arsenal to advertise on their jersey? Over K310 million p.a.

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