Saturday, February 07, 2009

(LUSAKATIMES) Opposition MPs threaten not to pass budget

Opposition MPs threaten not to pass budget
February 6, 2009

Opposition members of parliament have threatened not to pass the budget if government fails to increase the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

Roan Member of parliament Chishimba Kambwili said opposition Mps will walk out of parliament if the CDF is not increased.

He said it is prudent for government to increase the CDF from its current K400 million to K1 billion.

Amid cheers from other opposition MPs, Mr. Kambwili said CDF should be increased because this is the money that benefits the grass roots.

He said CDF is also used to improve among other things road infrastructure in constituencies.

Mr. Kambwili has since urged the Minister of Finance to make an amendment to effect the increase.

And Katombola MP Regina Musokotwane also emphasised the need to increase the CDF.

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