Tuesday, 1 March 2011


Vice-President George Kunda has called for financial audits of all councils on their utilisation of Constituency Development Funds (CDF) by all councils in the country.
Mr. Kunda said Government, through the Ministry of Local Government and Housing is concerned with misapplication of CDF by most local authorities which has resulted in retarded development in constituencies.
He stressed that the auditing of CDF d there is need to audit all the councils in order to establish why CDF has failed to create an impact in lives of the local people.
The Vice President said government has been releasing CDF for several years now but that some constituencies were still lagging behind in development.
Mr. Kunda stated that this year government has increased CDF to K 700 million from K 650 million in an effort to accelerate development in the constituencies.
The Vice President has called for equitable distribution of CDF in order to benefit the general populace in constituencies, adding that CDF in other areas has helped in construction of schools and clinics.
Mr. Kunda was speaking yesterday in Levy when he drummed up support for  MMD parliamentary candidate Dominic Musonda ahead of March 3, Mporokoso parliamentary by-election.
And the Vice President has castigated former Mporokoso Member of Parliament, who is also Patriotic Front (PF) aspiring candidate, Maynard Misapa for failing to use CDF to develop his constituency.
The Vice President said it was wrong and unacceptable for Mr. Misapa to personalise CDF to an extent that he apportioned the majority of funds towards the development of his home-area at the expense of other places in the constituency.
Mr. Kunda said the PF candidate should be ashamed of himself for letting down the people of Mporokoso central in terms of development.
He urged people of Mporokoso central not to vote for Mr. Misapa because he is failure.
Mr. Kunda however, advised the electorates to vote for MMD aspiring candidate Dominic Musonda because he is hard working and would bring development to the constituency.
He warned that government would not allow MPs to abuse CDF for their selfish gain but would instead demand transparency and accountability in the usage of the funds.
Meanwhile, Vice President George Kunda has also directed Northern Province Minister John Chinyanta to make sure that a clinic is constructed in Levy community, which is situated over 90 kilometers from Mporokoso Boma.
Mr. Kunda said Government has listened to concerns of local community regarding the non-availability of a rural health centre in the area and would put up one for them.
He said it is government’s desire to see to it that many Zambians access quality health services regarding of their political affiliation in their localities.
The Vice President has since advised people of Mporokoso to make sure that they support President Rupiah Banda’s government in its quest to accelerate infrastructure development in the country.

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