Law enforcement officers have raided the Ministry of Health headquaters in Lusaka to forcefully remove 20 employees who have been suspended for their alleged involvement in the K10 billion scam.
Officers from the Zambia Police, Anti-Corruption Commission and the Drug Enforcement Commission carried out the operation on Wednesday morning.
The officers ordered the suspended employees to leave their offices searched all vehicles leaving the premises.
Commissioner of Police, Raphael Musamba, told journalists at a press briefing that the operation is part of investigations into the misappropriation of huge sums of money at the Ministry of Health.
President Rupiah Banda has instructed law enforcement agencies to quickly bring to book those involved in the 10 billion Kwacha Scam.
A former employee of the Ministry of Health has been arrested in connection with the disappearance of funds amounting to K10 billion.
However President Banda has said the amount of money involved in the scam at the Ministry of health may be higher than initially reported.
An interim report by the Auditor General’s Office submitted to President Rupiah Banda, Tuesday shows that the funds involved could be more going by the number of people and companies implicated.
The report says funds were stolen in recent years leading up to December 2008 through various payments to companies for goods and services, never supplied.