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UK freezes aid to Zambia

PICTURED: Fergus Cochrane-Dyet

THE UK Government has frozen all funding to Zambia due to allegations of fraud and corruption.

British High Commissioner to Zambia Fergus Cochrane-Dyet confirmed the announcement in on Twitter, saying: "UKAid takes zero-tolerance approach to fraud [and] corruption":

According to Bloomberg, the UK is historically Zambia's biggest donor, and Africa Confidential reports that the British government is seeking a refund of $4m (£3m) for embezzled funds.

In an emailed statement to Bloomberg, it was revealed that the U.K. Department for International Development in June suspended funding to Zambia’s social cash transfer program, which distributes welfare grants, when it received reports about potential misuse of funds.

The publication also found that the country has struck a deal with Russia for supply of civilian planes to resuscitate defunct national carrier Zambia Airways, which is expected to include a presidential jet.

The Zambian government has yet to respond to the development and Dora Siliya, the Information Minister in Africa’s second-biggest copper producer, told reporters Monday (Sep 17) she wasn’t aware of the issue.

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