Minister of Community Development and Social Services Emerine Kabanshi has become the first victim of the social cash transfer scandal that has hit Zambia after she was fired by President His Excellency President Edgar Lungu today.
And President Edgar Lungu has also fired Zampost Post Master General Mcpeherson Chanda over the same issue.
Nyimba Member of Parliament Olipa Phiri is now the new Minister of Community Development and Social Services.
President Lungu has since ordered for the immediate clean-up of Ministry of Community Development and social Services and Ministry of Transport and Communications particularly Zampost.
The President has since met with Heads of investigative wings, Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) and the Anti-Corruption commission to inform them of the administrative changes that he has made.
The Head of State expects the two wings to quickly constitute a speedy criminal investigation to establish whether there was criminal liability over the social cash transfer.
President Lungu has ordered the Secretary to Cabinet to ensure effective coordination among government departments.
President Lungu says he wants orderly policies and execution of pronouncements.
President Edgar Lungu has also fired Zampost Post Master General Mcpeherson Chanda over the same issue.
An audit has revealed that ZAMPOST diverted funds meant for the social-cash transfer program to purchase motor vehicles for the same project.
Zampost is said to have paid itself an advance of $4million as management fees to handle the program.
But the Audit has revealed that the funds were diverted without authority or consent especially from the cooperating partners.
The Audit also revealed that the social-cash transfer program was invaded by bogus beneficiaries in collusion with some junior civil servants.
Donors; United Kingdom, USAID, Sweden and others supporting the fund withdrew their support and threatened to freeze all donor support to government.
And President Lungu has also promoted Acting Zambia Air Force commander General David Muma to Lieutenant General and effectively appointed him as Zambia Air Force commander.