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Zambian president fires health minister

Zambian president fires health minister

Zambian President Edgar Lunga. Picture: Flickr ZAMBIAN President Edgar Lungu has dismissed Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya with immediate effect, the president's office said, without giving a reason for the move. Once seen as a potential presidential replacement for Lungu, Chilufya's political ambitions have faded amid growing calls for his dismissal from opposition parties and health workers. "The President has thanked Dr Chilufya for the services rendered to government and wished him well in his future endeavors," the office said in a statement. Chilufya, health minister since his appointment in 2016, was not immediately available for comment.
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Zambia health minister denies corruption charges in court

Zambia health minister denies corruption charges in court

ZAMBIA'S Health Minister on Thursday appeared before a Lusaka magistrate and denied four counts of corruption involving the alleged purchase of business shares and property with suspected proceeds of crime. This was the first time Chitalu Chilufya, 47, was asked to enter a plea in court since his arrest by the anti-corruption agency last month. He faces up to five years in jail if convicted. Chilufya's arrest is a test of the Zambian government's willingness to keep a promise to tackle graft amidst increased scrutiny by foreign holders of the country's massive debt. The charges against Chilufya cover the period…
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Zambia court acquits health minister accused of corruption

Zambia court acquits health minister accused of corruption

A Zambian court has acquitted Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya after ruling that the prosecution had brought insufficient evidence against him. On July 16, Chilufya had appeared before a Lusaka magistrate and denied four counts of corruption. Prosecutors had alleged that the health minister, on four separate occasions, used money believed to be proceeds from crime to acquire property, shares in a tourism firm and a passenger boat from the United Arab Emirates, in the period between December 2016 and January 2018. When the case returned to court on Tuesday, state prosecutor Clifford Moono said the state had no further evidence…
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