Norway suspends budget aid to Malawi over corruption

 

OSLO,  (Reuters) – Norway has suspended budget aid to Malawi, one of the poorest nations in Africa, because of alleged corruption and embezzlement, the foreign ministry said yesterday.

“There are clear signs that substantial funds have been embezzled from the Malawian Ministry of Finance,” Norway said in a statement.

“We have a policy of zero-tolerance for corruption, and cannot disburse any more budget support to the Malawian authorities until this matter has been fully resolved,” development Heikki Eidsvoll Holmaas said.

So far this year Norway provided 250 million crowns ($41.4 million) worth of aid to Malawi, a fifth of which was in the form of budget support.

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