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Zambia’s foreign minister, Harry Kalaba resigns

LUSAKA(Xinhua) -- Zambia’s Foreign Minister Harry Kalaba on Tuesday announced his resignation from government, citing failure to tackle corruption.

In a post on his Facebook page, Kalaba said he could not continue in government and watch those expected to end corruption in the forefront of looting public resources.

“I have just dropped my resignation letter as foreign affairs minister with President Edgar Lungu - a position I have cherished and held for over four years,” he added.

He said he will remain as Member of Parliament of the ruling party.

On Monday, he posted another statement on his Facebook page where he denounced the rising tide of corruption experienced in 2017, a statement that has riled some members of the ruling party, with some calling for his resignation.

However, presidential spokesperson Amos Chanda told local media that State House had not yet received the resignation letter.

He becomes the third minister to leave President Edgar Lungu’s government after the firing of two other ministers.

Last week, Lungu fired Minister of National Development Planning Lucky Mulusa. Former Minister of Information and Broadcasting Corporation Chishimba Kambwili was fired in November last year. 

             

 

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