Sports minister Emmanuel Mulenga

 

… There’s No Justification To Use Public Funds On An International Organization Operating In Zambia

… FAZ Will Have To Look Elsewhere For K12 Million Budget To Fund 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Sports minister Emmanuel Mulenga has written the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) advising that it would not be possible to fund its K12 million budget to fulfill Chipolopolo assignments.

Mulenga says as things stand FAZ was operating in Zambia as an international organization with no affiliation to the National Sports Council of Zambia and the National Olympics Committee of Zambia.

The minister, according to correspondence seen, states that failure to affiliate to the National Sports Council of Zambia makes it difficult to justify use of public funds.

According to the amended FAZ constitution, FAZ will no longer affiliate to the sports council and olympics committee which are Acts of Parliament.

The two bodies are government wings that supervise sports in the country.

Mulenga has also taken issue with FAZ over the failure to include legislation that protects whistleblowers.

He says instead of protecting whistleblowers, FAZ has resorted to banning them creating an impression they were above the law.

Mulenga states that it’s important for every institution to offer an atmosphere for checks and balances.

A few weeks ago, FAZ presented a budget of over K12 million to fund the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Zimbabwe and Algeria later this year.

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