Zambia : president oust minister over misuse of donor funds

Zambian President Edgar Lungu. Photo : RR

Casablanca, Morocco (ADV) – Zambian President Edgar Lungu on Wednesday fired a minister responsible for administration of a social cash transfer scheme after reports of misapplication of funds which has resulted in some donors suspending funding to the scheme.

This follows revelations that about 4.3 million U.S. dollars of donor funds for the scheme had gone missing, forcing some donors to suspend funding.

Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya confirmed in a tweet that the Zambian leader has fired Emerine Kabanshi as Minister for Community Development and Social Services.

She has since been replaced by Olivia Phiri, a governing party lawmaker.

Meanwhile, a statement from Lungu’s office said he has ordered for a clean-up of the ministry.

The Zambian leader further met with heads of investigative wings to inform them of the administrative changes and directed them to constitute criminal investigations to establish whether there was criminal liability over the social cash transfer.

On Monday, British High Commissioner to Zambia Fergus Cochrane-Dyet confirmed that his government has suspended funding to the social cash transfer scheme after reports of misapplication of funds meant to benefit the poor.

Sweden has also announced the suspension of funding to the scheme, according to a statement released by the Swedish Development Agency.

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