Mrs. Mwanakatwe has been widely condemned for taking up her ministerial appointment despite owing the CEEC a lot of money. Aluworks Industries Limited, a company co-owned by Mr and Mrs. Mwanakatwe was in 2009 awarded a loan of K945,000 (rebased) from CEEC and the loan is still active on the CEEC loan book. THE Jesuit Centre for Theological reflection (JCTR) has condemned minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Magarate Mwanaktawe for taking up her current ministerial position despite her owing the Citizens Economic Empowerment Commission (CEEC).
Speaking in an interview with the Lusaka Star, JCTR director Leonard Chiti said the current ‘Mwanakatwe saga’ shows the lack of scrutiny that exists before appointing someone to public office.
Fr. Chiti said as an individual, Mrs Mwanakatwe had a moral obligation to sort out her issues before accepting to serve in a public office.
“This shows the integrity of the person concerned, she should have either declined the appointment or paid back the loan. We are hoping that the president will crack the whip and make sure that she settles her obligation. If she fails to do that then she is not fit to hold public office,” he said.
Meanwhile, Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) president Nevers Mumba says it is unfortunate that the CEEC project has been a total sham, calling it an almost failed project.
Dr. Mumba wondered why people with access to commercial bank loans were awarded loans under the CEEC.
“Those resources at CEEC were supposed to be applied for by people that have difficulties in accessing capital, they were not meant to be shared among the rich who have opportunities to access money from commercial banks.
“I am saddened to see that the rich are the ones benefiting from such funds … the vulnerable Zambians are the ones that deserve to benefit from such funds because that is there intended purpose,” he said.
He challenged CEEC to explain to members of the public the methods and mechanisms used in the awarding of loans in order to get rid of suspicion and show that transparency is maintained.
Mrs. Mwanakatwe has been widely condemned for taking up her ministerial appointment despite owing the CEEC a lot of money. Aluworks Industries Limited, a company co-owned by Mr and Mrs. Mwanakatwe was in 2009 awarded a loan of K945,000 (rebased) from CEEC and the loan is still active on the CEEC loan book.
FIFA GRASSROOTS PROJECT DUE FOR TAKE OFF
The Ministry of Sports and FAZ has laid the ground for FIFA spearheaded grassroots project for youth development.
Ministry of Sports Permanent Secretary Agness Musunga said the project will be under the wings of the Ministry of Education and will target youth from eight years going upwards.
The tripartite agreement will be signed next Wednesday and will formalize the commitment of the parties to work together to implement the FIFA Grassroots Project from 2017-2020.
“The FIFA Grassroots project will cover three parties which is Ministry of Education, Sports and FAZ,” she said.
And FAZ General Secretary Ponga Liwewe said that the project will enhance the development of football.
Liwewe said the move was part of the wider goal of FAZ to develop youth football.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga put youth football on top of his developmental agenda pinning it among his three key areas that involved league restructuring, referees education and youth football on top of his transparency gospel.
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FIFA RESPONDS TO FAZ COMPLAINT ON NIGERIA APPEAL
FIFA has put a close to the debate around the complaint lodged by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) over an Augustine Mulenga disallowed goal in the 1-0 loss against Nigeria in a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier on October 7.
The World soccer governing body has ruled that it would not act on the complaint as per their regulations there was no evidence of external influence or manipulation.
According to a letter signed by Disciplinary Committee vice chairperson Julien Deux, dated October 17, 2017 there could be no action as guided by article 5.6 of the FIFA regulations the referee’s decision is final.
“In this context, we refer your association to article 15 par 6, of the regulations of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, which clearly stipulates that no protests may be made about the referee’s decisions regarding facts connected with play. Such decisions are final and not subject to appeal,” stated the letter.
“Having said that, and for the sake of good order, we would like to emphasize that on the basis of the documentation and information currently in our possession, there is no evidence of any infringement of the applicable regulations by the referees of the match in question.”
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) filed a complaint with FIFA seeking an independent review of the match officiated by Botswana referee Joshua Bondo.
There was widespread outcry for FAZ to appeal to FIFA over the disallowed goal with parallels drawn with other situations where the world soccer governing body had ordered replays.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga had told journalists on the permutations of the outcome when journalists pressed him in the aftermath of the match in Uyo.
“But the rules being what they are you cannot overturn the decision of the referee,” Kamanga said.
“The only basis is when there was external influence. So the referee maybe carpeted for making a wrong decision but the decision still stands and unfortunately that is where we stand.”
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