The UK has suspended aid to Zambia’s government while investigations into fraud allegations take place, according to the High Commissioner of the southern African nation’s historically biggest donor.
Britain has “frozen all bilateral funding,” Fergus Cochrane-Dyet said in a post to his twitter account. “UKAid takes zero-tolerance approach to fraud & corruption.”
The UK Department for International Development in June suspended funding to Zambia’s social cash transfer program, which distributes welfare grants, when it received reports about potential misuse of funds, it said in an emailed statement. Dora Siliya, the Information Minister in Africa’s second-biggest copper producer, told reporters Monday she wasn’t aware of the matter.