Zambian FA president charged with money laundering

Andrew Kamanga

The president of the Football Association of Zambia (Faz) has been arrested and charged with money laundering offences.

The country’s Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) alleges that Andrew Kamanga obtained government funds under false pretences and was part of a conspiracy to defraud.

The DEC says the 57-year-old used the money to fund trips for two associates to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast earlier this year.

Madalitso Kamanga and Jairous Siame, the two individuals who travelled to the tournament as part of Faz’s support staff, have also been charged, along with Faz general secretary Reuben Kamanga.

An investigation revealed that neither Madalitso Kamanga, who has no relation to Andrew Kamanga, nor Siame held official or executive positions within Faz.

The quartet are alleged to have acted together to obtain 341 902 Zambian kwacha (US$13 150) from the government for expenses and a further 99 980 kwacha (US$3 850) for return flights to Ivory Coast.

The DEC says the fraudulent activity occurred between 1 January and 15 February, coinciding with the Nations Cup finals where Zambia exited at the group stage.

Andrew Kamanga said Madalitso Kamanga and Siame, officials at club sides Lusaka Dynamos and National Assembly respectively, were “part and parcel of Faz”.

“There was actually nothing untoward,” he said during an interview on Prime Television Zambia.

“In the last eight years that I have been at Faz, it was the first time we were getting such a query. We have never been given guidance that these parties should only be for Faz staff and executive committee members. We did clarify that with the ministry [of sport],” Andrew Kamanga said.

Faz is set to hold its annual general meeting in Lusaka this weekend and a spokesperson said the position of the organisation’s president was not under threat.

“There is no immediate risk of Mr Kamanga being out of Faz because this is just an arrest and the matter has to go to court, if at all there is any merit,” the spokesperson said.

A DEC statement said the suspects will appear in court soon.

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