President Edgar Lungu writes;
Four months ago, I ordered an administrative inquiry into suspected misuse of the Social Cash Transfer funds; I regret that a comprehensive report was only submitted to my office on 14th September 2018.
I have therefore given Secretary to the Cabinet Dr. Roland Msiska one week to take decisive action to curb all malpractices in the administration of the Social Cash Transfer programme because malpractices hurt the poor who survive on this vital safety net.
I have further directed that the Minister of Community Development and Social Services, Hon. Emerine Kabanshi and Minister of Finance Hon. Margaret Mwanakatwe must continue with their engagements with donors to assure them of the remedial measures Government has been undertaking since suspected cases of misuse surfaced earlier this year.
Following my dissatisfaction with the pace of the ongoing administrative measures, I have directed for quicker forensic audits by the Auditor-General and other relevant Government internal audit systems. We need to get to the bottom of this for the benefit of our people.
I thank you.