Andrew Ntewewe and Isaac Mwanza disowned…. They represent themselves and not YALI-Access Full Details Below
PF ALIGNED vocal duo of Andrew Ntewewe and Isaac Mwanza do not represent the views of Young African Leadership Initiative – YALI which was established by former US President Barack Obama but their own views, a Zambian alumni of people who’ve taken leadership exchange programmes in the United States has stated.
Ntewewe and Mwanza, the YALI Zambia President and Governance advisor respectively who have also been named in theft of DFID funds have been advancing PF decisions regardless of how unpopular they remain, the recent one being the NDF resolutions whose legality is being challenged in court.
Zambia United States Exchange Alumni (ZUEA) President Cooper Chibombo, in a press statement issued yesterday said ‘we have noted recent press statements on current political/constitutional matters in the country issued by a non governmental organization called YALI Zambia. These statements have led to a number of our stakeholders making enquiries on whether the Zambia -United States Exchange Alumni Association (ZUEA) and it’s members are part of YALI Zambia.’
Chibomba said that YALI Zambia is an NGO set up by a few US alumni a few years ago and it represents views of those youths and does not in anyway represent all views of US alumni based in Zambia.
ZUEA is the only official organisation recognised by the United States Embassy in Zambia and the laws of Zambia as the true representative of people who have taken part in the various United States Exchange programmes.
“YALI Zambia leaders Andrew Ntewewe and Isaac Mwanza are members of ZUEA but do not speak on it’s behalf, they speak on their own behalf. We shall therefore not be held liable for any statements issued by the two on behalf of YALI Zambia.
As earlier stated, YALI Zambia is a local organisation and it should not be mistaken for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) which is a flagship program for young people in Africa to acquire leadership skills in the USA,” reiterated Chibomba.
The YALI program was started by former US President Barack Obama a few years ago and it has trained thousands of African youths in various US universities since 2014.
This is a US State Department sponsored program and Chibomba puts it that ‘it has nothing to do with YALI Zambia which is only registered in Zambia. We hope this clarity will put to bed all those questions people had about YALI Zambia and the US alumni.’
Efforts to get moments from Ntewewe and Mwanza failed as they couldn’t be accessed by phone.
SOURCE: The Punch ; For Investigative News & Analysis
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