ZAMBIA: Minister quits over corruption

minister_dora_siliya.jpgMinister Dora Siliya Lusaka - A Zambian cabinet minister and ally of the president quit on Tuesday over a graft scandal, a sign that Rupiah Banda's government is stepping up its fight against corruption in Africa's biggest copper producer.


Banda’s spokesperson Dickson Jere said Transport and Communications
Minister Dora Siliya had resigned after a tribunal found that she had
breached the constitution over a $2m contract she awarded to a foreign
firm.

Siliya is the first minister to resign from Banda’s six-month-old
government, which has faced several accusations of corruption from the
opposition and privately owned media.

Banda has vowed to continue a crackdown against graft begun by his
predecessor Levy Mwanawasa, who won plaudits from western donors and
international agencies for his tough stance.

Siliya was investigated over a contract she awarded to a Cayman Islands
firm to evaluate assets of the state telecoms firm, Zamtel Ltd., which
is due for partial privatisation.

A tribunal headed by Supreme Court Judge Dennis Chirwa said in a report to Banda that she had breached the constitution.

It was not immediately clear whether Siliya would face prosecution.

News24/Reuters

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