US Embassy Speaks On Cutting Aid To CSOs, Says There Was “Possible Misuse Of U.S. Assistance”

The United State Embassy alleged that there was possible misuse and diversion of funds by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). This comes after the United States Agency for International Development USAID cut its funding to Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights), Election Resource Centre (ERC) and Counselling Services Unit (CSU). USAID also demanded that all the CSOs should return money that they had not used. Writing on Twitter, the Embassy said,

We remain committed to assisting the people of Zimbabwe and invest millions of dollars each year to support a wide range of programs to benefit them. Attempts to divert U.S. funds from their intended use is unacceptable under any circumstances #USZim

Earlier this year, as a result of regular internal oversight, USAID became aware of the possible misuse of U.S. assistance funding.

When USAID learned of the situation, an investigation was immediately launched and several issues were brought to light. Those issues have been dealt with accordingly.

The investigation remains open.


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