UK cuts fundings to Zambia over corruption
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. ■