Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba has resigned. In a long Facebook post, Kalaba denounced the ‘country’s path of insatiable greed and shame’ supposedly driven by the ruling party Patriotic Front (PF).
Kalaba is seen as a potential PF candidate in a 2021 presidential election but analysts say his chances of winning the PF nomination may stall if Lungu wins a court battle allowing him to run for a third term.
“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,” Kalaba said in a Facebook post late on Tuesday.
Presidential spokesman Amos Chanda told Reuters that State House had not received Kalaba’s resignation letter.
Experts said Kalaba’s resignation was intended to apply pressure on Lungu who is accused by his opponents of chasing an unconstitutional third term.