Lusaka ~ Mon, 11 Jan 2021

By Brightwell Chabusha

Transparency International Zambia (TI-Z) executive director Maurice Nyambe has welcomed President Edgar Lungu’s dismissal of Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya.

In a statement, Mr Nyambe hopes Dr Chilufya’s dismissal will help clean up the rot that appears to be deeply rooted at the ministry.

He stated that the firing of the minister should not be the only action taken in response to the alleged illegalities at the ministry.

Nyambe said there is need for the Law Enforcement Agencies to open investigations into Dr. Chilufya’s role in the Honeybee supply scandal involving $17 million.

He added that the former minister should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law if found culpable.

“Transparency International Zambia (TI-Z) has taken note of President Edgar Lungu’s decision to dismiss Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya in the wake of the Honeybee Pharmacy scandal. We welcome this move as an important and necessary first step towards cleaning up the rot that appears to be deeply rooted at the Ministry of Health,” Mr Nyambe said.

“Our hope is that as important and necessary a step as this is, it will not be the only action we see in response to this scandal. We expect that law enforcement agencies will open investigations into Dr. Chilufya’s role in the Honeybee scandal and should he be found culpable, he be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. We do not believe that dismissing Dr. Chilufya should be the end game over this as there are several layers to this scandal. We therefore reiterate our call for a full investigation to be carried out into all the layers of the Honeybee scandal in order to get to the bottom of the issue and to hold everyone that was involved accountable for their actions.”

The Ministry of Health has been at the center of a financial scandal involving the supply of $17million worth of Health kits first unearthed by News Diggers and later the Auditor General’s Report.

The ministry is also alleged to have authorized the supply of leaking condoms, gloves and expired medicine by Honeybee Pharmacy, a sole trader located in Kamwala.


  1. Bivan

    Well done

  2. CK

    Jail him,why waisting tax payers’ time.

  3. Kissa

    What are u waiting for

  4. Old Mzee

    Good riddance. please Mr President go after the two PS s as well.Ministry of Health has been a source of endless scandals from the Kapokos,
    Directors,clinical Officers etc.
    Those who have good memories remember the donars even suspended funds to this ministry and later came up with drastic measures where any money misiappropriated the principal amount will be paid in full plus interest.
    Learn from the Cash gate in Malawi where the British have suspended Aid and Malawians are suffering

  5. Diaspora

    We are now anxiously waiting to see another press release headlined.. ‘ECL fires Kampyongo, Kanganja ‘…befitting an action arising from the police fatal shooting of two innocent and unarmed citizens!

  6. Semy

    Well done Mr President

  7. Mr peace

    One Mwankole

  8. Jessey Lingard

    Well done keep it up

  9. Zedpeople

    TIZ you have been quiet all along, therefore, you comments are not valid to a larger extent.

  10. Zephaniah

    Well done mr president and two more needs to be fired kapyongo and kakoma

  11. Name

    Chilufya atase amano ububi

  12. AK47

    You should cage him so that other corrupt ministers should learn a lesson because thats being stupity others are suffering them are busy stealing from the people who voted for them. idiots

  13. Bunda mafia

    PS of health is the girl friend to SR chitalu the sleep together and make deals together wat is she still doing , Ba Lungu this is the problem with u, why are u keeping her these two guys should have been fired together, people are upset , PS must go emmediately

  14. Robert Nkomo Mufugi

    May all Zambians truthfully look up to the heavens and seek God’s guidance and intervation , people are dying unnecessary , may we rise and seek for for Lord’s mercies .

  15. KC



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