Harry Kalaba Zambia’s Foreign Minister has resigned from his cabinet role citing corruption and growing greed in the ruling ranks as a reason fro his move. His resignation also applies pressure to President Edgar Lungu’s ambitions to seek a third term in office with Kalaba seen as one of the potential presidential candidates for the Patriotic Front (PF) in the 2021 Presidential Election.
In his Facebook post which has attracted thousands of comments from mostly Zambians Kalaba said, “We cannot proceed to manage national affairs with cold indifference when the levels of corruption are swelling and being perpetrated by those who are expected to be the solution…We need to go back to the original agenda of our party, the PF, where the poor and not the corporates must be at the centre of all our decisions”.
In a New Years message released earlier, Kalaba described 2017 as a year of rampant corruption stating that, “We can no longer fold our arms in silence and watch the impunity of those that make the essence of governing a mockery.”
“The year 2018 is yet another opportunity for all of us to rally behind all the honourable men and women in Government and outside Government who have been championing the crusade against corruption and add our voices to those that have resolved to come in public office with clean hands,” he says.
As Minister of Foreign Affairs, Harry Kalaba was the only one in government currently who opted to abide by the Constitutional Court ruling that ministers who held office after the dissolution of Parliament prior to the 2016 election should pay back the money they accumulated while they held office.