A former Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) official has called on the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to conclude investigations in the alleged corruption activities in the soccer body before the March 19 elective annual general meeting.
With 35 days remaining before FAZ holds an elective AGM, it is cardinal that ACC gives a conclusive report before the officials involved in the corrupt dealings contest for their respective posts.
Keagan Chipango said in an interview yesterday that a conclusive report by ACC will erode speculations among the councillors and football fans.
Chipango said the report will help rebuild confidence in all stake holders including the sponsors.
“I am appealing to ACC to conclude investigations in the alleged corruption activities which involve FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya vying for a third term before March 19. It would be illogical for an elective AGM to go on when investigations were still pending. Any right thinking citizen would agree that it puts those standing and voting in an awkward position,” he said.
He said the investigative wing should expedite the process so that FAZ does not have to replace an official after March 19 in a case that they are found guilty.
“What happens if the official elected on March 19 is later found guilty, he has to step down of which that can be avoided. Since 2014, ACC has been investigating the soccer body and it was imperative that a conclusion is made before the meeting to help those involved and the electoral college,” he said.
Chipango advised the councillors to do a thorough scrutiny of all the candidates vying for FAZ posts.
He said councillors should not be swayed by material things but look at the capabilities of each candidate.
ACC recently stated that they have reached an advanced stage in their investigations and has engaged international investigators.
The commission is investigating Kalusha and three others over the corruption revelations made by the former official which included the reproduction of Nike replica jerseys in China.
He is also being investigated after being named among the football personalities who took bribes of US$80,000 in exchange for votes at the 2011 FIFA congress that saw Qatar named as the 2022 World Cup hosts.