Another Female Minister Sacked Amid Growing Corruption Scandal
Just a few days after Nigeria's finance minister, Kemi Adeosun resigned her post as a member of Buhari's cabinet; another female minister forgot her hand in the cookie jar.
Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has fired the minister in charge of community development and social welfare, making her the first casualty of an investigation into what happened to about $4.3m meant for poor families.
Mr Lungu acted "swiftly" by relieving Emerine Kabanshi of her post following allegations of the "misuse" of money in her ministry, chief government spokeswoman Dora Siliya said in a tweet.
The money had gone missing from the Social Cash Transfer programme, and had been used to buy expensive vehicles, according to the UK-based journal Africa Confidential.
The UK has suspended direct financial aid to Zambia following the allegations, saying it takes a "zero-tolerance approach" to corruption and fraud.
Ireland, Sweden and Finland have also freezed aid to the country.
Zambia’s biggest opposition party, the United Party for National Development (UPND), said it was "heartbreaking that donor funding meant for the old, women and children who have no other means of survival" was being "plundered", UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema said.
In a Facebook post, Mr Lungu said he had also dismissed the Postmaster General, McPherson Chanda.
He had ordered a "clean-up" of the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services and the Ministry of Transport and Communications, especially Zampost, the state-owned postal company.
Anti-corruption agencies have been instructed to carry out a speedy investigation to establish whether there was "criminal liability" over the Social Cash Transfer programme, Mr Lungu said.
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