National Youth Development Council (NYDC) Chairman Savior Chishimba has instructed his lawyers to commence legal proceedings against Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) over allegations of abuse of funds at the council.
And Dr. Chishimba has called for a forensic audit at the Ministry of Youth and Sports and NYDC for the period 2003 to 2014.
Dr. Chishimba says the unverified statements by Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) including reference to outdated Cabinet circulars call for stern legal action.
Addressing media press briefing, Dr.Chishimba says he represents international corporate entities in Zambia with multimillion dollar investments whose interests have been put in jeopardy by TIZ’s libelous statements.
He says if TIZ believes in transparency, they would have gone further to also reveal what the expenditures in question were meant to achieve.
Dr Chishimba adds that the impression created by such vexatious and frivolous statements is that funds were being drawn for personal projects and yet the many activities that were being carried out have deliberately been ignored.
And Dr. Chishimba, who has refused to step down in view of the allegations, says senior officials in the Ministry of Sports must be sent on leave to allow for their investigation.
He says government should immediately constitute a combined team of investigators from the Anti Corruption Commission, Zambia Police and the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) to thoroughly investigate senior officials in the ministry and NYDC.