The Swedish and Finnish Embassies in Zambia have demanded that firm action is taken against officials at the Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) who were responsible in stealing donors funds.
A notice from the Embassies and the We Effect project said the review was carried out KPMG (Finland) as a follow-up to the special audit that was finalized in February this year whose finding were shared with the Board of ZNFU yesterday.
The Embassies said some of the findings in the report are of serious concern and that the Board of the ZNFU has been advised to follow up on the findings internally as well as with Zambian law enforcement agencies so that possible fraudulent activities are properly investigated and appropriate action taken so that funds intended for the benefit of Zambian farmers are recovered.
“The cooperating partners are looking forward to see how the union of Zambian farmers takes this forward,” they said.
The Embassies stated that the next likely step is that the cooperating partners will individually request refunds of wrongfully spent funds, in accordance with bilateral agreements and the share of cooperating partners’ individual contributions.
“When suspicions of fraudulent activities occur under programs funded by the tax-payers of Sweden and Finland, it is of outmost importance that they are followed-up and acted upon. Sweden, Finland and We Effect have zero tolerance on corruption,” they said.
The cooperating partners will tomorrow hold a news briefing at the Embassies of Sweden and Finland where they will share details of the audit findings.
The ZNFU, the country’s most influential farmer organisation has been embroiled in a billion Kwacha financial scandal with is embattled Executive Director Ndambo Ndambo accused of diverting huge amounts of money into his personal accounts.