The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) should move in and probe the Ministry of Youth and Sport and the National Youth Development Council (NYDC), now that it is clear that there are sinister activities going on in the two institutions following their corruption blame-game, the Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has observed.
Commenting on NYDC chairman Saviour Chishimba’s remarks that the alleged corruption at NYDC stemmed from the Ministry of Youth and Sport where some senior officials were taking advantage of their positions to siphon money from his institution, FODEP executive director McDonald Chipenzi said ACC should now move in and investigate the two institutions.
On Friday, Dr. Chishimba charged that highly organised corruption schemes by some senior officials at the Ministry of Youth and Sports had been extended to the NYDC over the past two decades through connivances to siphon public resources.
He clarified that while the picture that had been created was that TIZ was calling for auditors to audit NYDC’s accounts over allegations of financial mismanagement, it was NYDC board that had called for such audits last year for the council to present when soliciting for funds from international bodies.
But Mr. Chipenzi told the Daily Nation that there was need for investigative wings to quickly probe the two institutions so that those who were at the centre of the loot can be brought to book and compelled to pay back what they had stolen from the Zambians.
“It is unfortunate that at the time that the whole country is talking about the need to have a crusade to stamp out corruption, that is the time that others were gearing up to loot the country of its limited resources. ACC should move in and establish the truth and if it is true that these monies were misappropriated, those who are involved should pay back,” he said.
Mr. Chipenzi explained that there was need for the Ministry of Youth and Sport to come out clean over Dr. Chishimba’s sentiments that corrupt elements from the ministry were hampering progress at the NYDC.
He challenged the current Minister Vincent Mwale and the previous ministers to tell the nation what they knew about the alleged looting at the NYDC because the alleged corrupt activities may have started a long time ago.
“Vincent Mwale was very outspoken when he was chairing the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee and was very passionate about the need for accountability in Government institutions. But if such things are happening in his ministry and is quiet, then it means his passion when he was still in that committee was just for political mileage.
“Even former Minister of Youth and Sport Chishimba Kambwili should come out clean over this issue because from the report that we have been given over the misappropriation of funds at the NYDC, this issue seems to have started a long time ago,” he said.
Earlier last week, Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) gave Ministry of Youth and Sport permanent secretary Agness Musunga a 72 hour ultimatum to take appropriate action on what it termed as well documented evidence of public funds wastage which was taking place at the NYDC.