DFID fraud-Police now confirm receiving report from British Council


Esther Katongo
Esther Katongo

The Zambia Police has finally confirmed that it has now
received a formal report from British Council regarding the
UK’s Department for International Development’a funded Zambia
Accountability Project (ZAP).

Two weeks ago, a source from British Council revealed that
around 3.5 million pound of donor funds have stolen by a group
of local civil society organizations.

The funds were given to local NGOs as part of DFID’s election
support fund in the run up to the 2016 general elections.

However, the Police and some NGOs implicated rushed the dismiss
the story and described it as malicious.

But Zambia Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo has confirmed
that a report on the fraud case has been received.

“I wish to confirm that the Zambia Police has finally received
a formal report from the British Council on the suspected fraud
by one of the UKAid funded projects which is the Zambia
Accountability Project (ZAP). The report was made on the 09th
November, 2017 to the Zambia Police Anti Fraud Unit,” Mrs
Katongo said.

“The fraud is said to have occurred between 01st January, 2016
and 01st September, 2017,” she said.

Mrs Katongo said the revelation follows an internal
investigation carried out by the British Council.

She said the Zambia Police has since opened an inquiry file in
the matter.