Zambia Refunds UK Money Over Allegation Of Misapplication

Zambian government says it has refunded the United Kingdom (UK) money it released for a social cash transfer scheme, following allegations of fraud and corruption.

Dora Siliya, the Chief Zambian Government Spokesperson, disclosed this at the weekly news conference.

The Chief Zambian Government Spokesperson said that the money, amounting to about 2.7 million British Pounds, was refunded on Monday.

Siliya said that the money did not come from government coffers but was the original money given by the UK government which the nation had untouched.

The UK government as well as other donors suspended funding to the programme following alleged misapplication of funds.

The revelation prompted President Edgar Lungu to fire Emerine Kabanshi, who was Ministry of Community Development and Social Services, a ministry which is in charge of the programme.