The European Union (EU) and the United States of America (USA) may also suspend financial aid to Zambia as early as next week, the Watchdog has been reliably informed.
Britain, Finland, Ireland and Sweden have already suspended budget support to Zambia’s social welfare and education sectors due to concerns over financial mismanagement.
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has received a backlash from Zambians over the British government’s confirmation that it has cut bilateral aid to Zambia following reports of massive corruption.
President Lungu on his Facebook page has stated that four months ago, he had ordered an administrative inquiry into suspected misuse of the Social cash Transfer funds, and that a comprehensive report was submitted to his office on September 14, 2018.
The Head of State stated that he had given secretary to the Cabinet Dr Roland Msiska, who is out of the country, one week to take decisive action to curb all malpractices in the administration of the Social Cash Transfer programme, saying that malpractices hurt the poor who survive on “this vital safety net.”<br />
His statement on the misapplication of the Social Cash Transfer which was also made available to various media houses in the country two days ago has not been received well by the public.
The post, which attracted over 1,000 likes, over 2,000 comments and over 250 shares unsettled most of citizens with some going as far as mocking President Lungu and calling him corrupt.
Weighing in, Zambia Congress of Trade Unions president Chishimba Nkole has said “corruption is stinking in Zambia” and “there is need for leaders to change the dirty image they have created to the international world”.
Nkole said on Thursday that it was embarrassing that the United Kingdom had suspended funding to Zambia due to corruption.
On Wednesday, President Edgar Lungu fired community development minister Emerine Kabanshi following allegations of misappropriation of US$4.3m meant for vulnerable Zambians.
Nkole said corruption should be fought through actions and should not only remain on the lips of individuals.