The Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) has commended President Edgar Lungu for relieving Community Development and Social Services Minister Emerine Kabanshi of her duties.
CSPR Executive Director Patrick Nshindano says the move by the President is key towards addressing the revelations of alleged abuse of donor funds meant for the vulnerable and poor people in the country.
Mr. Nshindano told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today, that the corruption allegations against and the consequent freezing of donor aid to Zambia will negatively affect the most vulnerable people in the country.
He explained that many poor people in the country depend on the social cash transfer scheme which they received bi-monthly for their livelihood, and having it frozen by donor aid means hunger for the vulnerable in society.
He explained that many vulnerable people are on the social cash transfer scheme, adding that this is why withdrawing of funding will also affect
the country’s determination to reduce poverty through its various aspirational targets that have been put in place.
And Mr. Nshindano has called for strict measures to be undertaken towards curbing corrupt activities in the country, adding that issues of accountability must be observed at all levels to avoid such happenings.
He expressed concern that it had to take the head of state to institute investigations on the alleged mishandling of donor resources in the civil service.
He further called on the law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate the matter and ensure that all erring officers are brought to book and prosecuted accordingly to serve as a deterrent measure to would be offenders.
Meanwhile, Mr. Nshindano also notes that the alleged abuse will further put a strain on the government’s fiscal policy as government will now have to cover up by scouting for resources to fund programmes under the social protection for the vulnerable in society.
President Lungu has given Secretary to Cabinet Roland Msiska, seven days, to take decisive action towards curbing all malpractices in the administration of the Social Cash Transfer programme.