FORMER Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) northern region manager Moses Mawere says he has been exonerated by the police from the K1.5 million scandal involving the Nakonde District Farmers Association executive.
Three district officials - association chairperson, George Siame, his vice, Patrick Siwale and secretary Nason Silwamba - will appear in court this week for allegedly misappropriating K1.5 million for a fertiliser credit scheme.
The association, which is an affiliate of the ZNFU, had collected more than K1.8 million as down payment from small-scale farmers in the district before diverting the money to personal businesses.
Mr Mawere was implicated after documents showed that he received K80,000 believed to be gratification when he served as regional manager for the farmers union.
However, in an interview during the week, Mr Mawere said the farmers executive had transferred K95,000 to his company account which he later deposited into the Lima Credit Scheme account at Zanaco in Kasama District.
"I was not happy with your report where I was implicated in this whole thing. It is true that these people were supposed to transfer the money from Finance Bank in Nakonde to Zanaco, but they gave all sorts of excuses each time I asked them.
"However, they later deposited K80 million (K80,000) first and then K15 million (K15,000) in M Mawere Trading and Transport Limited which I later deposited into the Zabaco account where they were supposed to send," he said.