[By Oliver Chisenga and Bright Tembo]
FOOTBALL Association of Zambia committee member Elijah Chileshe has requested the Zambia Police to investigates Adrian Kashala for allegedly pocketing money meant for Nkwazi Football Club.
In a confidential letter of December 12, 2019 to the senior police intelligence officer at police headquarters, Chileshe, popularly referred to as Shenko, alleges that Kashala, the FAZ general secretary, pocketed K60,000 paid by NAPSA Football Club to Nkwazi.
Kashala is also Zambia Police sports director.
He stated that Kashala, a police officer, gifted himself with K30,000 which was paid to his personal account number 043470906 domiciled at Barclays Bank.
Chileshe added that in another transaction, Kashala was credited another K30,000 to his FNB account.
The payment which was made to Kashala’s personal accounts from Napsa was for player transfer fee.
“I am a Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Executive Committee member whose interest is to see that football is developed to the highest level and that accountability is brought into running our beautiful game,” reads the letter in part.
“I, therefore, request your office to fully investigate the matter in which Mr Adrian Kashala, the General Secretary of FAZ, is alleged to have got[ten] pecuniary advantage by getting money meant for Nkwazi Football Club. The payment from NAPSA Football Club meant to pay Nkwazi was credited to his personal account at Barclays Bank Plc. A/C 043470906 – K30,000 and FNB A/C 0062776137278 – K30,000). I implore your office to investigate this matter as this is an irregularity.”
Chileshe proposed that Kashala be withdrawn from FAZ as the investigations were going on for fear of interference with evidence.
He said his proposal to withdraw Kashala was prompted by the fact that he had been interfering in matters reported to police in the past.
Chileshe copied home affairs minister Stephen Kampyongo, sports minister Emmanuel Mulenga, Lusaka Province minister Bowman Lusambo, Office of the President and the Drug Enforcement Commission.
But Kashala said he “can’t not comment on the matter” as he was out of town.
“I’m out of town at the moment to comment on the matter; I’ll be in town and that will be sorted out,” Kashala said
Meanwhile, police spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo said she was yet to get the information.
“It has not yet reached my desk, I have no information yet, “said Mwaata Katongo.