Trouble for ex-minister, Kabanshi as another state witness testify in abuse of office case

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Former Community Development Minister Emerine Kabanshi is not off the hook yet, as another state witness testify in the ongoing case of abuse of office leveled against her.

Kabanshi is being accused of willful failure to comply with law and applicable procedures or guidelines relating to procurement involving the Social Cash Transfer program.

The lattest to take to the witness stand is the Ministry Of Community Development, Director of Human Resource and Administration Alex Njovu who said the accused person told senior officers that she needed to work with obedient people, should are not expected question her decision.

She allegedly claimed that her office was dealing with policy, failure to which she threatened to report them to cabinet office.

Njovu said Kabanshi got angry after discovering that the ministry was terminating its contract with Zambia Postal Service in the distribution of the social cash transfer.

Njovu has testified that the accused requested that a letter be rescinded to reengage Zampost in the distribution of the funds.

Kabanshi, was in charge of a social payments program funded by Britain. At the time, the UK said had been abused, and threaned to stop all bilateral funding to Zambian government.

Britain’s ambassador to Lusaka, Fergus Cochrane-Dyet, tweeted that Britain had frozen “all bilateral funding to Zambian government”, adding that “UK Aid takes zero-tolerance approach to fraud”.

She was fired after Britain suspended aid payments to the country over a mounting row about alleged corruption in President Edgar Lungu’s government.

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