Minister Philip Kosamu has urged Zambians to actively participate
in the ongoing country-wide 2013 Citizen’s Budget Dissemination exercise.
Mr. Kosamu was speaking when he officiated at the 2013 Citizen’s
Budget Dissemination Workshop held in Kabwe.
The dissemination exercise is being held following concerns raised by most Zambians over the years
that government should consider simplifying the national budget to enhance understanding
by the general citizenry.
Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda launched the first ever Citizens Budget last month in response
to the concerns of the people.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kosamu described the Citizen’s Budget as simplified version of the 2013 national budget
and cited some of the main aims behind the publication.
He said the budget is aimed at informing the public in a more
simplified manner on how government intends to raise money to finance
its activities as well as its plans to spend public resources to achieve the
Mr Kosamu also described the Citizens budget as a “non –technical presentation of government’s
budget which is intended to enable the general public including those
who are not familiar with public finance to
understand government plans.
He further stated that the concept of the Citizen’s Budget is in line
with government’s desire to be more transparent and allow people
to participate in national governance issues.
Meanwhile, Civil Society representative Kent Mwansa thanked
government for the prudent gesture and observed that the move has
positive prospects to national development.
“It is very difficult for a citizen to actively participate and
appreciate efforts by the government if they are not
availed with information, we therefore appreciate the
government for this rather more concise document, said Mr Mwansa.”
Mr. Mwansa, called on government to continue supporting and
encouraging such noble gestures for the benefit of all citizens.