Probe min­istry of gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion funds abuse

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION REPORTER

GOV­ERN­MENT should quickly move in and in­ves­ti­gate the al­leged mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of funds at the Min­istry of Gen­eral Ed­u­ca­tion, says Gal­lant Youth in Zam­bia (GYZ) ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Henry Mu­lenga. Mr Mu­lenga said the Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion (ACC) should bring the cul­prits to book be­cause they were tar­nish­ing the image of Gov­ern­ment. He told the Daily Na­tion yes­ter­day that al­le­ga­tions that some se­nior of­fi­cials in the min­istry had plun­dered donor money had the po­ten­tial to force the donor com­mu­nity to with­hold their fund­ing, hence the need to clear the mat­ter by es­tab­lish­ing the truth. Mr. Mu­lenga said the per­ceived cor­rup­tion at the min­istry must im­me­di­ately be dealt with so that those ac­cused could ei­ther face the wrath of the law or be proved in­no­cent. He said the re­ported sus­pen­sion of 80 em­ploy­ees at the min­istry was cos­metic as it may have been done by the same se­nior of­fi­cials who had pock­eted the money to cover-up their mis­chief. He said Gov­ern­ment stood to lose in an event that the sus­pended work­ers went to court as pro­ce­dure was al­legedly not fol­lowed in ar­riv­ing at that de­ci­sion. “The re­cent in­ter­nal au­dits rev­e­la­tions made at Min­istry of Gen­eral Ed­u­ca­tion where a se­nior Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial is al­leged to have stolen K750, 000 made as pay­ments for travel ex­penses that he never un­der­took makes an­other sad read­ing in the fight against cor­rup­tion. We can­not tol­er­ate a sit­u­a­tion where a pub­lic of­fi­cer loots the much­needed pub­lic funds, “It is not right that money made avail­able by ei­ther our col­lab­o­rat­ing part­ners or tax pay­ers to the min­istry can be looted with such im­punity when an in­sti­tu­tion tasked to fight cor­rup­tion is there watch­ing cul­prits go scot­free,” said Mr Mu­lenga. Mr Mu­lenga de­manded that ACC and other in­ves­tiga­tive wings delved into this mat­ter and es­tab­lishes the truth be­cause the sus­pected thieves were the same peo­ple mak­ing Gov­ern­ment un­pop­u­lar. He said the re­ported abuse of funds had the po­ten­tial to ground the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor hence the need to flush out rot­ten eggs.

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