Kalusha should cooperate -TIZ

TRANSPARENCY International Zambia (TIZ) has advised Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Kalusha Bwalya to comply with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigations to clear his name over the alleged corrupt activities in the soccer mother body.

But it was learnt late yesterday that Kalusha and three other FAZ  officials finally appeared before the ACC and were grilled for several hours.

TIZ executive director Goodwell Lungu told the Daily Nation that Kalusha should ensure he provides his side of the story in the corruption allegations.

“We urge Kalusha to cooperate with the ACC for his own good, to clear his name if he believes in his innocence. Kalusha should provide the details concerning his alleged involvement in the corrupt allegations and clear the air,” he said.

He commended ACC for summoning Kalusha for questioning over the corrupt allegations that have been hovering around Football House in Lusaka.

He however appealed to ACC to clear the air to avoid speculation concerning reports that Kalusha snubbed the interview on Wednesday.

Lungu advised ACC not to wait for pressure from the public to release information that was important to the nation.

“We feel the ACC is on the right track and let them do a good job. It is the mandate of ACC to investigate such cases and we are confident that they will establish the truth,” he said.

Meanwhile, a source at FAZ revealed that the executive committee meeting yesterday failed to take off as planned because Kalusha and three other officials appeared for questioning at ACC.

The source said Kalusha reported himself and the officials in the morning and as at 15 hours they were still at ACC.

“Kalusha, the accountant Sam Phiri, general secretary George Kasengele and committee member Pivoty Simwanza unveiled themselves for questioning. It is believed that Kalusha was threatened with lawful arrest if he failed to avail himself,” he said.

The quartet are being investigated for corruption following revelations by former treasurer Kelvin Mutafu last month that some FAZ officials were reproducing Zambia national team jerseys in China and selling the merchandise secretly.