About K19.5 million meant for various educational programmes has been embezzled at the Ministry of General Education, Parlianent has heard.
Acting Minister of General Education Vincent Mwale has also confirmed that the Department for International Development has suspended funding to the Ministry to pave way for investigations and clean up of the system before funding can resume.
Mr. Mwale said 80 officers alleged to have embezzled the funds have been suspended majority of them from the Ministry Headquarters in Lusaka.
Responding to a question from Chinsali Member of Parliament Kalalwe Mukosa during the question and answer session, Mr. Mwale said the misuse of funds has had a negative impact on the provision of education in the country.
“The misuse of funds Mr. Speaker has affected the provision of education in the country but i cant exactly point out for now which areas have been impacted”. He added.
Mr. Mwale said among those suspended are internal auditors and government will ensure that the embezzled money is recovered.
Recently, the DFID suspended funding to the Ministry of Community Development and demanded for a refund of 2.7 million pounds meant for beneficiaries of the social Cash Transfer programme which was alleged to have been stolen.
The Zambia government has since refunded the money.