Zambian authorities on Wednesday arrested several prominent figures, including a former minister, an opponent, a journalist for various alleged offenses.
Chitalu Chilufya the Zambian former health minister, is charged after being accused of conspiracy to defraud the state $17m (£15m) over the supply of health kits when he served as minister in the last administration.
He was charged alongside former permanent secretary Mulalelo Kakulubelwa and three directors of a local pharmacy.
Opposition politician Kelvin Bwalya Fube was also arrested by the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) for alleged failure to report a suspicious transaction, contrary to money-laundering laws.
Journalist Margaret Musonda was arrested for being in possession of property worth over $1.1m suspected of being proceeds of crime.
They have not pleaded to the charges and were released on bond.