Zambia leader sacks railways boss

Zambia's President Michael Sata on Tuesday suspended the chief executive of the state-run rail company Zambia Railway for alleged corruption, after he served for less than six months.

His suspension from the recently nationalised firm, came two days after the president dissolved the board of directors.

Clive Chirwa, was ordered to vacate the company's Lusaka apartment where he was staying.

"I am suspending you from duty and you will be on half pay," Sata said in a letter to Chirwa.

Zambia's anti-corruption agency meanwhile has opened investigations into reports of graft and allegations of abuse of office levelled against the railways chief and the board, commission spokesman Timothy Moono said.

Chirwa and board members have in recent days been wrangling over cash. Chirwa complained that board members were holding too many meetings that cost the company over $93,000 each month while the board members alleged that the CEO was earning a hefty monthly salary equivalent of $46,000.

Zambia's government nationalised the railways company in September last year, taking control from a South African operator.