REVIEW of the alleged financial mismanagement at Zambia National Framers Union (ZNFU) should be conducted in all of its offices countrywide, National Union of Small Scale Farmers in Zambia (NUSFZ) director general Frank Kayula has recommended.
Dr Kayula appealed to the Government to allow review of the alleged financial mismanagement ZNFU countrywide.
“Our dependence on donor funding still hangs on us and we have seen good programmes for small scale farmers either postponed or halted due to the alleged financial impropriety.
“We call upon Government to allow our colleagues to quickly exonerate themselves from the allegation,” Dr Kayula said.
He said it would be good if their names were quickly cleared of the tag of abusers of public funds so that the nation could start on a new note to strengthen farmer associations.
Dr Kayula warned that ZNFU would leave a gap that would be visible if they were left to scale down their activities without alternatives being sought quickly.
“May Government allow a quick process to clear the accused at ZNFU. Justice delayed is justice denied,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Kayula said Zambians must learn to raise funds from among themselves if the country had to successfully harness the agricultural sector for national development.
He said over-dependence on cooperating partners or donor fund to meet the national development agenda was not healthy.
Dr Kayula said donor funding may be good to trigger some growth activity but not to perpetually depend on outside funding for sustaining developmental activities.
“There is need for Government, civil society and the private sector to have long term plans on how national development agenda will be financed from local resources with little and decreasing dependence on donor funds,” he said. Dr Kayula said it was sad to note that many civil society organizations and some Government operations depended so much on donor funding.
He said access to donor funding was used as a weapon to deter politicians from certain actions.
“Isn’t it a shame for organizations to be operating for decades on funding from other taxpayers?” Dr Kayula said.