Top Amnesty International officials in fraud storm

A forensic audit has uncovered evidence of serious fraud and financial mismanagement by individuals in Amnesty International Zimbabwe (AIZ).

The suspended duo of AIZ executive director Cousin Zilala and chairperson Takesure Musiiwa are among those fingered in the shady deals.

 AIZ Board said in response to the charges it has notified the Zimbabwe Republic Police  and legal processes of civil recovery in order to recoup lost funds were underway. 

 “The gravity of these audit findings cannot be overestimated, and we are naturally pursuing every avenue to recover the proceeds of misconduct,” AIZ said in a statement issued by Robert Shivambu Media Manager – Southern Africa Amnesty International. 

“We will work hand in glove with the authorities and provide full assistance to any subsequent investigation and prosecution to ensure that any individual found to have been involved in misconduct is held to account through criminal and civil proceedings.”

“As soon as the alleged fraud came to light, the AIZ Board commissioned a comprehensive forensic external audit to investigate all related allegations. They also implemented urgent financial risk management measures to ensure anti-fraud and corruption procedures were in place and adhered to.

“The steps that we have implemented will help ensure that this situation does not happen again,” AIZ continued.

AIZ said it was unable to comment or provide further details until all investigations have been completed.

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. It campaigns for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.