Zambian leader waits for probe result before firing corrupt ministers

Zambian President Edgar Lungu will only name and fire corrupt ministers in his government upon conclusive investigations, his vice said on Friday.

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Zambian President Edgar Lungu
Zambian President Edgar Lungu

On Monday, Lungu expressed concern at the level of corruption in government and revealed that some of his ministers have been linked to corruption.

He expressed concern at the level of wealth some people in his administration have acquired within a short period and threatened to fire any minister engaging in corruption.

Stakeholders have since challenged him to disclose the names of ministers implicated in corrupt deals and fire them.

But Vice-President Inonge Wina said Lungu could not name the corrupt ministers before investigations were concluded.

She said in parliament when lawmakers wanted to know when the corrupt ministers will be named and fired that investigative wings have been tasked to verify the reports of corrupt ministers and that Lungu was just waiting for a report.

“The president did not mention any names, you cannot act on hearsay. The president has asked the investigative wings to ascertain which of his ministers are corrupt,” she said.

The Zambian vice-president has since called on stakeholders to stop demonizing the ministers and wait for the truth to be revealed because not all of them are corrupt.

Reports of corruption among senior government officials have fueled debate in this southern African nation with stakeholders calling on the Zambian president to move from rhetoric to action in fighting corruption. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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