Misused Global Fund money must be returned

Press Release:

Zimbabwe:- Misused Global Fund money must be returned, national apology
made and all those responsible investigated and prosecuted.

Windhoek, Namibia. 7 November 2008: ACT-Southern Africa learnt with shock that the Government

of Zimbabwe (GoZ) through the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe misused close to US$7,3 million of the

US$12.3 million entrusted to it on behalf of the people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, malaria and

other diseases.

Commenting on the matter, Mr Norman Tjombe, the Chairperson of ACT-Southern Africa called upon

the Government of Zimbabwe to return the money, apologise to the nation and also prosecute all those


The revealations of the diversion of the funds shocked us all. Under normal circumstances

cases such as this one, should be investigated by the law enforcement agents and all those

responsible prosecuted. This should be done in Zimbabwe. I would strongly feel that the looted

resources must be urgently returned and the Government owes Zimbabweans and the rest of

the world an apology he says.

ACT-Southern Africa also calls upon the Global Fund to be more vigilant and strengthen its oversight

mechanisms since this is not the first time its funds were looted. It happened in Uganda and other

countries. Mr Tjombe added that ;

The management of the Global Fund should strengthen its supervision. They are also partly

responsible because of somewhat shaky oversight. In Uganda, millions of dollars were looted.

This is of great concern and leaves everyone wondering on why Global Fund resources are

prone to looting. Something is wrong somewhere

Returning the looted resources is not enough, but should be followed by investigations and prosecution

of all those who made decisions to divert the Global Fund resources

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