Govt releases K1.6bn to ministries, agencies and provinces

Chileshe Kandeta.
Chileshe Kandeta.

Government has released K1.6 billion to eight ministries , six spending agencies and some provinces.

Ministry of Finance Public Relations Officer Chileshe Kandeta said government is making efforts to realign Public Expenditure from predominantly consumption to capital, poverty reduction and employment creation activities.

In a press release to ZANIS in Lusaka July 9th, Mr Kandeta said the funds have been disbursed to the Ministry of Local Government and Housing, Ministry of education, Ministry of Health, Ministry Agriculture and Cooperatives, Home Affairs, Chiefs and Traditional Affairs, Defence and Foreign Affairs.

He named the spending agencies as the Judiciary, Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA), Public Service Pensions Fund, Public Service Commission and  the Zambia National Building Society (ZNBS).

According to the statement, Government released K378 million to the Ministry of Education out of which K240 million is for school infrastructure projects in various provinces while K10 million is for student tuition fees.

The Ministry of Health has been given K152.6 million of which K95 million is targeted at capital projects and procurement of medical equipment for modernization of health service delivery in Zambia.

Out of the K43 million allocated to the Ministry of Local Government and Housing, K2 million will go towards the construction of markets and bus stops.

The Ministry of Defence has received K30 million for purchase of earth moving equipment meant to enhance the local capacity of the infrastructure sector.

Mr Kandeta said the Ministry of Finance was optimistic of timely delivery and better quality infrastructure works in view of the released funds.

The Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs received K4 million for the scheduled construction of Chiefs Palaces.

NAPSA has received K25.3 million while the Public Pensions Fund received K31.7 million as employers share towards the June pension contributions while the Electoral Commission of Zambia got K5 million for the forthcoming by-elections.

Government has also funded the crop purchasing exercise under the  Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives to a tune of K60 million.

And Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba has appealed for timely implementation of the programmes which have benefitted from the K1.6 Billion funding.