Former Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba who resigned his position in January this year alleging “swelling” official corruption says the decision by western donors to cut funding to Zambia vindicates him.
On Monday, the UK’s Development Ministry said on its website that it earmarked 48m British Pounds in aid for Zambia in the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
Mr. Kalaba said the decision by Britain and other western donors to pull the plug on Zambia proves that there was a problem.
“I feel vindicated. The very first time I resigned ad when I spoke people felt that I was speaking politics,” said Kalaba who is also Bahati PF Member of Parliament.
“But now the foreign community is saying what I said when I resigned. What is sad is that the innocent souls will suffer,” he said.
Lee Habasonda, a political analyst at the University of Zambia, said the withdrawal of the funding would hurt the poor in Zambia at a time when the country is struggling to manage its debt.
“We hope that the government will take quick remedial measures to ensure that the funding is resumed,” Mr. Habasonda said.