State House has disclosed that Zambia has refunded the £2.7 million to the British government which was meant for beneficiaries under the social cash transfer programme.
The Department for International Development had requested for a refund following revelations of alleged Social Cash Transfer abuse at the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services which led to the dismissal of the Minister responsible Emerine Kabanshi by President Edgar Lungu.
Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda confirmed to Journalists at a media briefing that the money which remained un-utilized at ZANACO was paid back on Monday and no government money has been used to refund DFID.
“Government will continue disbursing money to the beneficiaries of the Social Cash Transfer through its 75 percent allocation in the National budget towards the programme,” Mr.Chanda has said.
He emphasised that the refund does not change the course of action and an inquiry into the alleged abuse of the money at the Ministry of Community Development will continue.
Mr. Chanda added that Secretary to Cabinet Dr. Rowland Msiska will soon issue a comprehensive statement over the misapplication of Social Cash Transfer adding that no allegations of corruption have been leveled against anyone so far.
At the same briefing, Mr. Chanda announced that President Edgar Lungu has appointed Southern Province Police Commissioner Bonny Kapeso as Deputy Inspector General of Police taking over from Malcom Mulenga whose contract has not been renewed.
He said Diamond Likashi will take over from Mr. Kapeso as Southern Province Police Commissioner with immediate effect.