United Party for National Development (UPND) President, Hakainde Hichilema says the action taken by the UK government and other donor countries to suspend aid to Zambia over corruption and fraud in government ministries is an embarrassment.
Mr. Hichilema says the suspension of aid to programmes such as the social cash transfer will affect the poorest of the poor, and not the government officials driving land cruisers costing millions of dollars.
He has told QTV news in a statement that the action by the donors puts the PF government on the spotlight.
Mr. Hichilema says it is difficult for President Lungu and his Ministers to fight corruption because they are allegedly direct beneficiaries.
He states that what is more heart-breaking is the plunder of donor money meant for the old, women and children who have no other means of survival.
Mr. Hichilema says it is high time the PF Leadership resigned.
Meanwhile the opposition UPND has demanded for an independent investigation of corruption in all government institutions.
Party Spokesperson Charles Kakoma says there is rampant corruption in all government ministries and parastatals, and that the UPND demands a thorough independent investigation and forensic audit.
He says the statement issued Presidential spokesperson Amos Chanda simply confirms what the UPND has been saying all along, that there is massive corruption in the administration of the social cash transfer funds.
Mr Kakoma, however, states that what is hypocritical is that all along the PF leadership has been denying this until the donors had to take action by suspending aid to Zambia.
He claims the social cash transfer funds have been abused as a political tool to bribe voters in what he says are PF induced costly by-elections.
Mr Kakoma says the UPND is also aware of the abuse of funds in the ministry of general education under the school feeding programme, and the abuse of other funds in the ministry of health in the procurement of drugs, especially the essential ones such s the ARVs.