POST Online Media Lite Edition



 

UK cuts fundings to Zambia over corruption

Staff Writer |
The British Government has confirmed that it has frozen all funding to the Zambian Government.

Article continues below




This follows allegations of widespread corruption in the PF Government

UK High Commissioner to Zambia Fergus Cochrane-Dyet confirmed that London has cut all bilateral funding to Zambia until all audit queries are addressed.

This week, influential and respected London based publication, Africa Confidential released a new report detailing widespread corruption in the PF Government

The report also said that the UK through its development arm DFID is demanding a refund of their US$4 million which has been embezzled.

Africa Confidential also disclosed that Finland, Sweden, Ireland and Unicef have frozen aid to Zambia over rising corruption levels and have privately asked for £3 mn. (US$4 mn.) to be returned.

In a tweet, High Commissioner Cochrane-Dyet said the UK takes a zero to entrance stance to corruption and fraud.

“Correct that UK frozen all bilateral funding to Zambian Govt in light of potential concerns until audit results known. #UKAid takes zero-tolerance approach to fraud & corruption,” he tweeted.

The report in Africa Confidential further revealed that Western donor governments have placed key assistance programmes under heavy scrutiny as evidence emerges of wide-scale corruption in three important government departments.


What to read next

Zambia trade zone gets $800 million funding
Zambia launches $1 billion One Belt Chinese investment platform
US and Sweden: We have $3 billion for Zambia but...