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 2010-06-30 03:44 am Back to NEWS
‘Donors won’t interfere’

The United States government has said donors have no intention of interfering with Zambia’s sovereignty but are only interested in accountability and transparency in the management of donor funds.

Acting US Ambassador to Zambia Michael Koplovsky said donors represented the aspirations of their respective countries, which required them to be strict on the issue of accountability.

Mr Koplovsky said the Zambian Government was answerable to the people of Zambia while foreign diplomats were also under the directive of their governments.

He said the US government would never withdraw its financial support to Zambia and remains optimistic the $330 million it had given Zambia this year was well accounted for.

He said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday the US government did not have any intention of withholding donor support to Zambia.

Mr Koplovsky said the financial assistance his government had given Zambia was mainly for health, education and agriculture sectors.

“We have got no reason to believe that the financial assistance from the US government has been misused. Secondly, we do not have any intention to withhold any funding to Zambia,” Mr Koplovsky said.

He, however, explained that tax payers’ money from the donor community must be accounted for, which task was for the diplomats accredited to Zambia.

Mr Koplovsy explained that foreign missions were strict on issues of accountability because they were answerable to their governments.

He said the US government would make resources available under the United Nations Development Programme basket funding for the management of the 2011 presidential and general elections.

Mr Koplovsky said some money had already been released for the on-going issuance of national registration cards to improve voter participation.

And British High Commissioner to Zambia Tom Carter has said the partnership between the donors and the Zambian Government is of key importance as they work together.

Commenting on the relationship between donors and the Zambian Government, Mr Carter said the partnership of the two was key to the delivery of the long-term goals of reducing poverty in Zambia and achieving Government’s target of reaching middle income status by the year 2030.

“However, we do not conduct our relationship with the Zambian Government through the media,” he said.

He said he would seek to meet President Rupiah Banda to discuss the matter.


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