Please release the money, govt tells donors

Government has reiterated its appeal to the donors that have withheld funding the Ministry of Health reconsider their decision as the development has a negative impact on the health sector. Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Ronnie Shikapwasha says the donor community should continue to funding the health sector on humanitarian grounds as the development has mainly affected poor Zambians. Lt General Shikapwasha, who is also Chief government spokesperson, told journalists in Lusaka today that government has since put in place stringent measures aimed at monitoring and tightening financial controls at the ministry. He urgent Zambians entrusted with the public funds to be patriotic in the way they administer meager resources meant for development and alleviating the suffering of Zambians. Lt General Shikapwasha was commenting on media reports suggesting that GAVI has temporarily stopped its funding to the ministry of health pending investigations in the theft of K27 billion at the ministry of health. He appealed to Zambians to report anyone suspected to have acquired assets beyond their accumulative income to law enforcement agencies for investigations. Recently, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) unmasked a financial scam at the ministry of health were K27 billion is believed to have been stolen by the officials who have since been arrested for the theft. Law enforcement agencies have since confiscated several assets that include expensive motor vehicles and a lodge believed to belong to the suspects pending probe in the theft.

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