Zambia’s President Lungu accepts FM’s resignation

Zambia's President Edgar Lungu attends a signing ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu attends a signing ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, February 8, 2016. REUTERS

Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu’s office yesterday confirmed that it had received Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba’s letter of resignation.

The country’s presidential spokesperson Amos Chanda said that the letter was delivered on Tuesday.

Zambia’s Foreign Minister Harry Kalaba has announced his resignation from government, over President Lungu’s 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 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.

Kalab however said he will not relinquish his position as a member of parliament of the ruling party and pledged to remain a member of the party.

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