By ZamChro Correspondent
British high Commissioner to Zambia, Tom Carter, has refuted media reports that say the British government has spent 500 million pounds on programs aimed at fighting corruption in Zambia over the last seven years.
Zambian Chronicle learnt that only seven million Pounds has been spent contrary to the amount reported.
Mr. Carter further disclosed that most of the money was used to support activities of the Anti-Corruption Commission and the Task Force on Corruption.
He said Britain will continue to support the Zambian government in its efforts towards eliminating corruption.
The envoy also said his country welcomes the adoption of the National Anti-Corruption Policy, stating that the move will strengthen the fight against corruption.
In another development, the Zambian Chronicle has learnt that UPND will not take part in the national Indaba set for the weekend because it wants to give other stakeholders a chance to share ideas with government.
Party president, Hakainde Hichilema, says the UPND has already made suggestions to government on how to deal with the impact of the global financial crisis. He says his party wrote to government in December last year recommending certain measures to deal with the effects of the global economic crunch.
The UPND leader said at a press briefing in Lusaka on Thursday that his party feels other organizations and individuals should be given chance to make their suggestions. The national indaba will discuss challenges created by the global financial crisis and work towards finding solutions.
Several stakeholders, including some opposition leaders, have openly supported the indaba.
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