Britain freezes aid to Zambia


By MICHAEL CHAWE
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Britain has suspended all bilateral funding to Zambia over corruption concerns, an envoy said.

The British High Commissioner to Zambia, Mr Fergus Cochrane-Dyet, posted on tweeter that: “Correct that UK frozen all bilateral funding to Zambian government in light of potential concerns until audit results known.”

“UK Aid takes zero-tolerance approach to fraud and corruption,” he added

The graft concerns have been published by a London-based Journal Africa Confidential.

The report says Finland, Sweden, Ireland and Unicef too had frozen funding, while and Department for International Development (DfID) had privately asked for $4 million to be returned.

The action by DfID, which supports a social cash transfer scheme has, however, been downplayed by the Zambian…

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