The Ministry of Education has suspended about 80 members of staff over allegations of fraud involving undisclosed amounts of donor funded money. The exact figure is yet to be ascertained but is believed to be in millions of dollars.
Those suspended are from accounts, transport and administration departments and it is believed the number is likely to rise as forensic investigations continue.
Suspension letters were received this afternoon from the Permanent Secretary Administration and offices of the suspended staff have been locked.
Impeccable government sources close to the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity, say that most suspended staff were signing acquittal vouchers without verifying disbursements of money from the cashiers, who it is believed were working under the express instructions of the Permanent Secretary Technical, Henry Tukombe (in photo) who it is heavily suggested was the ultimate beneficiary of the scam that is said to have been going unabated for a long time. Tukombe has however not been suspended.
The United Kingdom and most Nordic countries have suspended aid to Zambia over allegations of corruption over donated money meant for social security services meant for the poor people. There are reports that German and possibly the US may follow suit.