British High Commissioner to Zambia, Fergus Cochrane-Dyet, revealed that the UK government has frozen all funding to Zambia citing alleged fraud and corruption.
Cochrane-Dyet made the announcement in a tweet, adding “UKAid takes zero-tolerance approach to fraud [and] corruption”.
He tweeted: “Correct that UK frozen all bilateral funding to Zambian Govt in light of potential concerns until audit results known. #UKAid takes zero-tolerance approach to fraud & corruption.”
According to the financial news site Bloomberg, UK is historically Zambia’s biggest donor.
Africa Confidential reports that the British government is seeking a refund of $4m (£3m) for embezzled funds.
Finland, Sweden, Ireland and Unicef have reportedly frozen their aid to Zambia because of alleged corruption and have privately asked for funds to be returned.
The Zambian government has yet to respond to the reports.