‘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
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
He said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday the US government did
not have any intention of withholding donor support to Zambia.
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
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.
High Commissioner to Zambia Tom Carter has said the partnership between the
donors and the Zambian Government is of key importance as they work
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
He said he would seek to meet President Rupiah Banda to discuss the