Minister quits over ‘swelling’ graft
Publish date: 08 January 2018
Issue Number: 756
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has resigned citing ‘swelling’ corruption in government and criticising President Edgar Lungu. Kalaba lashed out at the state of the ruling Patriotic Front party saying ‘we cannot proceed to manage national affairs with cold indifference when the levels of corruption are swelling and being perpetrated by those who are expected to be the solution’. A report on the News24 site notes that Kalaba is seen as a successor to Lungu, but Lungu is planning to run again for office in 2021 in a bid that his critics say is unconstitutional as he has already served two terms which is the maximum permitted by law. Transparency International's Zambian representative Reuben Lifuka said that public anger over alleged graft is growing.