Power and Politics

Underutilization of Constituency Development Fund worries ruling party, UPND


United Party for National Development (UPND) is saddened by the underutilisation of Constituency Development Fund (CDF) by members of parliament in their constituencies.

UPND member, Gregory Mofu, said it was unfortunate that various constituencies have underused CDF despite the government having given each constituency 100 percent of the funds.

Speaking in an interview with Zambia Monitor, Mofu suggested further decentralisation in the project approval process to avoid such underapplications of the CDF.

“One of the problems of the low utilisation rate was that all decisions, meaning, in terms of approving the projects … was being done in Lusaka in the minister’s office. But what we did last year is that we decentralised into the provincial centers,” Mofu said.

Read more: Chirundu: Government warns against embezzlement of CDF funds

He added that UPND acknowledged the state of the economy, its inadequacies and failure to meet people’s demands.

Mofu attributed the causes of the challenges to lack of FOREX coming into the country and hoped that Konkola Copper Mines and Mopani Copper Mines would start lifting the economy of the country.

Additionally, the party member urged citizens to accept the newly applied taxes in mobile transactions to help the country develop.

He argued that the Hichilema administration was not making empty promises because the works speak for themselves.

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