Harry Kalaba resigns over Corruption in Zambia
Zambia’s Foreign Minister, Harry Kalaba has resigned his position over claims that President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has failed to tackle corruption.
Kalaba has been an outspoken persona and has been gathering Zambians support for himself especially in the wake of many corruptions allegations against President Lungu.
Kalaba posted on his Facebook page that he could not continue in government and watch those expected to end corruption in the continue to run the government and 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 4 years. I have taken my decision to resign as Foreign Affairs Minister with a heavy heart but quite succinctly with a clear and resolved mind.” Kalaba said.
But Presidential spokesperson Amos Chanda however said 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 year Lungu fired Minister of National Development planning and Former Minister of Information and Broadcasting Corporation.
Lungu’s chances in the government at the next election may be slimming considering the number of people he is losing who will eventually for opposition against his re-election.
CGTN recalls that Kalaba is seen as a potential PF candidate in an election set for 2021, but analysts say his chances of winning the PF nomination may stall if Lungu wins a court battle allowing him to run for a third term.
Lungu has expressed his interest in running again for presidency, earning the constitutional court judges not to stop him.