District Commissioner (DC) for Chiradzulu Memory Kaleso has been sent on a forced leave for misappropriating K170 million.
This is according to spokesperson for the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development
Mughogho told the local media that the DC has been sent on a three month forced leave for abusing funds amounting to 170 million Kwacha.
The spokesperson further said the district commissioner misappropriated funds from Other Recurrent Transaction – ORT.
It is further reported that Kaleso used the money for other purposes without authorization but it is not clearly stated how the money was used.
The DC has been at loggerhead with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) since April this year, which is likely to open up questions over the legitimacy of her suspension.
She ruffled the councillors’ feathers when she refused to issue them with allowance to attend political meetings organised by senior DPP officials. She had also refused to the councillors’ request for a government vehicle so they could attend a DPP rally.
Pressure for her head had been mounting within party ranks to the extent that ruling party officials had once sealed her office in April to force the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to transfer her.