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FIFA threatens to suspend Zambia

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World Soccer governing body, FIFA has threatened to suspend Zambia’s membership from all International body.
In a letter to FAZ seen by Zambian Eye, reacting to the happenings at the Zambia’s football governing body that has seen it’s top leadership including it’s president arrested in alleged corruption charges, FIFA says it feels there is an influential third party involved.

The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) arrested and jointly charged two (2) Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Officials and two (2) other individuals for money laundering offenses on 23rd April 2024.

DEC in a statement stated that those arrested were Andrew Kamanga, FAZ President, aged 57, residing in Lusaka’s Mimosa area, Reuben Kamanga, FAZ General Secretary, aged 52, residing in Lusaka’s Makeni area, Madalitso Kamanga, aged 53, residing in Lusaka’s Woodlands Chalala, and
Jairous Siame, aged 44, residing in Lusaka’s Mumbwa Road.

They jointly charged with several offenses including, obtaining money by false pretense contrary to Section 309 of the Penal Code Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

Obtaining pecuniary advantage by false pretense contrary to Section 309 (A) of the Penal Code.

Conspiracy to defraud contrary to section 313 of the Penal Code.

DEC investigations revealed that the suspects while acting together obtained K341, 902.00 from the Government of the Republic of Zambia under false pretenses.

This money was purportedly allocated as allowances for Madalitso Kamanga and Jairous Siame to attend the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The allowances were transferred into their personal accounts with each one (Madalitso and Jairous) getting K170, 951.00. Furthermore, the duo also obtained return tickets valued at K99,980.00.

It was discovered that the funds were disbursed to two individuals under the guise of being FAZ officials, necessitating their attendance with the advance party for AFCON.

However, investigations revealed that neither Madalitso Kamanga nor Jairous Siame held official or executive positions within the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ).

This fraudulent activity transpired between 1st January and 15th February 2024, coinciding with the dates of the Africa Cup of Nations held in Ivory Coast from 13th January to 11th February 2024.

FIFA says FAZ is in breach of the statutory governing soccer that prohibits members to go to court before tabling the matter with responsible committee.
The world Soccer governing body has since directed FAZ to go ahead with it’s Annual General Meeting or risk to have it’s membership suspended.
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