Reuters reports that Zambia should show that it is taking measures to fight corruption to unlock donor aid and investments that have been withheld due to graft concerns, the British High Commissioner to the country said on Tuesday.
Britain, Finland, Ireland and Sweden withheld nearly $34 million in aid to Zambia’s social welfare and education sectors in September last year because of concern over financial mismanagement.
Outgoing British High Commissioner to Zambia Fergus Cochrane-Dyet, whose term finishes at the end of August, told reporters that Britain was concerned about the persistent corruption reports in Zambia.
“As I depart with a sense of unease about the direction this country is taking, let me be frank about the UK’s concerns (about corruption),” said Cochrane-Dyet.
“Corruption … (deprives) Zambians of life-saving government resources,” Cochrane-Dyet said.
The British diplomat added that Zambia should examine how its debt soared to unsustainable levels after creditors, including Britain, wrote off the country’s debt in 2005.
And Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Dora Siliya responded on twitter as: “The fact that outgoing British High Commissioner Dyet can speak freely even as he leaves Zambia is a sign of the freedom of expression upheld dearly by Zambians, which extends to freedom of the media,”
“After three political party changes and six presidents, democracy has taken root.”
The fact that outgoing British High Commissioner Dyet can speak freely even as he leaves Zambia is a sign of the freedom of expression upheld dearly by Zambians which extends to freedom of the Media. After 3 political party changes and 6 presidents, democracy has taken root.
— Hon. Dora Siliya, MP (@Dora_Siliya) August 27, 2019