An on-going routine Audit at the international charity, ActionAid Zambia has revealed wide-scale looting of donor funds by executives and staff.
Executives, accountants and appraisal officers have all been fingered in the mass looting of funds meant for poverty alleviation programs in Zambia.
ActionAid is a global movement of people working together to further human rights and defeat poverty for all.
In Zambia, it is headed by Country Director and civil society activist, Nalucha Nganga-Zimba.
But the detailed Audit has revealed a sophisticated system of bogus NGIs, and NGOs receiving funds but designed only to siphon and loot program funds.
“Imagine if a junior employee such as Prisca Sikana, a mere youth coordinator, bought a house at NHA Northgate Housing complex, No.36A, using this donor money, imagine the wanton looting that is going by her seniors”. said one one of the auditors.
In November 2018, ActionAid Zambia’s Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued by Brian Kayongo- Head of Partnerships.
In this RFP, he announced that ActionAid Zambia had successfully reviewed proposals which were received from 249 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Social Movements (SM) and Community Groups (CGs) from the eight (8) target provinces of Zambia for grant support under the SIDA contribution No 11623.
This support was aimed at strengthening civil society effectiveness in promoting good governance and increasing citizen’s awareness and demand for Human Rights in Zambia.
ActionAid Zambia said it instead recommended that 73 applications would be considered for field appraisal.
He said those that will make it will meet the Project Accountability Team (PAT) for further appraisal and disbursement.
Its funds such as these and those in the financial year of 2017 that have been looted.
ActionAid Zambia was established as a Country Programme in 1996 working through HODI and its partners in the Luano valley and Mumbwa districts in Central Province and Masaiti in the Copperbelt Province.
In 2008, ActionAid Zambia set up its own office and began implementing work in collaboration with its district level partners.
Currently ActionAid Zambia works in seven districts within Muchinga, Northern and Western Provinces.
ActionAid also partners with Centre for Trade Policy Development (CTPD), Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR), Caritas Mpika, Non Governmental Organisations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) and Keepers Zambia Foundation (KZF).
Instead of working with poor and excluded people to end poverty and injustice in Zambia, the staff in Zambia have opted to end their own poverty.