Britain freezes aid to Zambia

Former foreign affairs minister Harry Kalaba, who resigned his position in January this year alleging “swelling” official corruption, said Britain’s decision proved there was a problem.

“I feel vindicated. The very first time I resigned and when I spoke people felt that I was speaking politics,” said Kalaba, who is still a lawmaker in Lungu’s governing party.

“But now the foreign community is saying what I said when I resigned. What is sad is that the innocent souls will suffer.”

Last week, the London-based Africa Confidential publication said misuse of donor funds had pushed Finland and Sweden to freeze aid, while Britain was demanding the return of $4m (R59m) that was allegedly embezzled.

Lungu’s spokesperson Amos Chanda said that Britain had told Zambia it would suspend support to the country’s development and education ministries. 

“It is an exaggeration to say they have frozen bilateral aid,” he said. “They did not officially communicate but we summoned the High Commissioner, who confirmed.”

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