UNITED KINGDOM: UK freezes aid to Zambia over corruption concerns

By On September 19, 2018

UNITED KINGDOM: UK freezes aid to Zambia over corruption concerns

The UK government has frozen direct financial aid to the Zambian government after concerns about widespread corruption. A Zambian government spokesman admitted to the BBC that $4.3m (£3.3m) meant for poor families had gone missing.

The government is committed to taking action but needs to wait for the final results of its four-month audit, the spokesman added. Ireland, Finland and Sweden have also suspended aid.

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The freeze comes at a time when President Edgar Lungu’s government is under increasing financial pressure.

The British High Commissioner to Zambia, Fergus Cochrane-Dyet, confirmed the aid freeze in a tweet, saying that the UK government has a “zero-tolerance approach to fraud & corruption”.

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Source: Google News United Kingdom | Netizen 24 United Kingdom

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