THE Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has not yet received any complaint on the alleged gross fraud, misappropriation and embezzlement of donor funding by senior management at the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU).
A financial audit into the operations of ZNFU has revealed massive fraud and money laundering of donor funds amounting to K34 billion old currency by its top officials.
DEC public relations officer Theresa Katongo said the Commission had seen the reports in the media and was watching the developments.
In an interview with Millennium Radio, Ms Katongo said the Commission had taken interest in the matter and would soon embark on investigations into the issue.
“The matter has not yet been reported to us officially but we have been reading it in the media, and you should know that as a commission we do have an interest to investigate the matter. It will be premature for us to disclose if we are investigating the matter or not at this stage,’’she said.
Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda has also said he would wait for the ZNFU board to act on the matter since the union was a private entity.
Mr Lubinda however said Government was concerned because the funds allegedly misappropriated belonged to farmers. Meanwhile the Commission in Lusaka has arrested and jointly charged four people for being in possession of over K20, 000 counterfeits notes. Ms Katongo named the suspects as Darren Chanda 34, an estate agent, Michael Ngandu ,28, a businessman of house number 275 in Mazabuka, Francis Banda 32 of kalinglinga compound and Chisankakwa Mumachanga 30 of Mtendere compound. In Eastern Province Ms Katongo said the commission has arrested Jack Phiri 41, a businessman of house number L 57 Kapata compound in Chipata and Eliford Sakala 38, a businessman of house number D180 Mchini compound in Chipata for being in possession of $3,001 counterfeit notes. – Courtesy of Millennium Radio 90.FM