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DFID accused of funding Zambian Opposition Political Party

June 1, 2011

‘Nosey’ DFiD slammed
http://www.lusakatimes.com/2011/05/31/nosey-dfid-slammed/

The Bishops Council of Zambia has said Zambians should not tolerate international organisations that are working to destabilise the country’s peace by meddling in its political affairs.

Council director Isaac Chabwera said yesterday it was wrong for international fund agencies to back activities that aimed to influence the success of a particular political party.

Dr Chabwera was reacting to reports that the Department for International Development (DfID) was using a media organisation to fund the Patriotic Front (PF)’s campaign activities.

He said such underhand methods by the DfID and the PF should not be condoned and that Zambians would not be easily misled.

“Let organisations such as DfID use their money for progressive activities that will advance development in our country,” he said.

Committee of Citizens executive director Gregory Chifire revealed at the weekend that DfID was using the Press Freedom Committee of the Post newspaper to fund PF campaign activities.

However, Dr Chabwera said it was not possible that funding political party activities was part of the DfID mandate in Zambia.

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‘Donor funding PF through media’
http://www.daily-mail.co.zm/media/news/viewnews.cgi?category=8&id=1306705914

THE Committee of Citizens has alleged that the Department for International Development (DFiD) is using the Press Freedom Committee of the Post to fund the Patriotic Front (PF) and its agent Bob Sichinga’s countrywide tours through seemingly innocent electoral programmes.

Executive director Gregory Chifire said in a statement yesterday that it is wrong for DFiD, a British government sponsored donor agency, to sponsor a political party, and has since called on relevant authorities to investigate the matter.

Mr Chifire said Mr Sichinga has been going round the country using the platform of the Press Freedom Committee of The Post to campaign for the PF with donor funds, strengthen PF structures and prepare for Mr Sata’s rallies to enhance his chances in this year’s elections.

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