UK freezes aid to Zambia over corruption concerns

President Edgar Lungu’s government has been accused of diverting millions of dollars of funds
The UK government has frozen direct financial aid to the Zambian government over concerns about corruption.

The alleged multi-million fraud involves the creation of shell companies and the diversion of money meant for poorer families, the journal Africa Confidential reports.

Ireland, Finland and Sweden have also suspended aid.

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”.

He also indicated that there is an investigation into the alleged corruption and the government will decide on its next move once this has been completed.

A statement from the Swedish government’s aid agency, Sida, said that there had been “strong suspicions of irregularities”.

It also said that Finland and Ireland had joined Sweden and the UK in the aid freeze.

More than 50% of Zambia’s 17 million people live below the poverty line, the World Bank says.

Funds diverted

The alleged corruption has affected Zambia’s health, education and local government ministries, African Confidential reports.

It says that a report by Zambia’s auditor general highlighted that people in the ministry of education established shell companies to divert funds.

A scheme to provide poorer families with direct grants has also been affected, as the money was used to buy expensive vehicles, Africa Confidential adds.

The UK government has not confirmed the amount of aid that has been affected.

The aid suspension comes as Zambia’s debt levels are coming under increasing scrutiny.

The International Monetary Fund has said that it has suspended lending to the country as it is worried that its debt is unsustainable.

5 Comments

  1. African countries are SH!T HOLES. Most African countries are headf by corrupt black leaders. Black leaders are STUP!D, BLACK LEADERS ARE CORRUPT, BLACK LEADERS ARE INCOMPETENT, BLACKS LEADERS ARE USELESS. AFRICA IS IN MESS BECOZ OF BLACK RULE. MOST AFRICAN LEADERS GREW UP IN POVERTY AND THE MOMENT THEY GET THOSE HIGH POSTS THEY START LOOTING TO COVER FOR THE YRS THEY GREW IN POVERTY.

  2. African countries are sh!t holes.

    1. You can not entirely put all the blame on African leaders because the North and the West have been catalyst in melting our economy due to their “exploit Africa” policies and some unnecessary sanctions which tend to cripple our economy which used to glow long back before the invasion of our mother land by these so called civilized prestigious exploitative whites.So now we have limited resources due to this resulting in the creation of a “survival of the fittest society”……….

  3. This should happen to all African Countries as most of them are corrupt Freeze the aid

  4. majority of Afican leaders are shit for real big thieves big time robbers destroying africa, this Zambian president bought fire trucks at 1 million US dollars each when they just cost 300k or less not long ago and now stealing donor money to buy landcrusers and Porsche cars, you can imagine what type of SHIT is that, they are bad shit. check for ZIM too, its finished because of corruption and stealing from the president and hie people. i wish this happen every where sure because its us in real shit.

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