Most of Zambia’s foreign missions are failing to meet their expenses and now operating on credit basis due to inconsistent funding from the treasury.
Sources from foreign missions and the foreign affairs ministry have disclosed the development to the Zambian Watchdog and say it is causing embarrassment to them. The source said the missions are now mostly obtaining services and goods like security and fuel on credit. The salaries are also said to be frequently delayed.
And a state house source has disclosed that State house has halted the posting of some of the recently appointed diplomatic personnel because of the same problem and they have currently been asked to be reporting at the ministry of information every after two days.
“After their appointment and orientation, they have now been asked to be reporting to the foreign affairs ministry every two days but once some money comes in they will be deployed. You know they have to be paid huge settling in allowances as per conditions of service but government coffers are dry,” disclosed the source.
The financial challenges have also been attributed to lack of professional staff in the foreign service but President Lungu recently appointed another bunch of PF cadres to take up positions.