Triphonia Mpinganjira, the spouse of business tycoon Thom Mpinganjira, recently contributed 2.5 million kwacha to Mai Mbambande, a non-governmental organization dedicated to assisting the elderly in the country. However, the timely acknowledgment of the donation by the Mai Mbambande Foundation was lacking, leading to a surge of emotions and criticisms aimed at Debora, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Foundation. The donation was intended for a construction project undertaken by the foundation. However, all this is water under the bridge now as the foundation, which claims “believe in openness and transparency and hold a high ethical standard in all our operations,” has apologised for the oversight.
Narrated Mai Mbambande Foundation regarding the 2. 5-million-kwacha saga.
“Recently, Mrs. Mpinganjira donated K2, 500,000 to our cause. However, there were miscommunication which has resulted to a public mess. We would like to sincerely apologize to Mrs. Mpinganjira for not acknowledging Her donation as soon as it was received, as we would normally have done. Bearing in mind that this was a trying moment for us, we take full responsibility of our omission.
“We have managed to engage with Mrs. Mpinganjira and have explained to her on what happened. It is safe to say that all queries with her have been resolved. We would also like to appeal to the public and apologize for the confusion this issue has brought. After all is said and dusted, we have innocent elderly people that rely on us,” reads the statement from the Foundation.
Concluded the Statement:
“We have been made aware of a group sourcing funds to repay Mrs Mpinganjira of her donation. We plead with you to not use that route. We appreciate the love and passion you continue to show us, but we kindly ask that we not throw stones or act with hurt in our hearts. Rather, Let’s not lose focus and instead use these resources for the furtherance of our goals. Thank you Mrs. Mpinganjira and all those that continue to support us. We will keep updating and we have learnt a million lessons as a foundation. Once again, we are sorry to you all.”