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The Deputy Minister for North-Western Province (Mr Kalenga): Madam Chairperson, I thank you for allowing me to present the budget for the North-Western Province. As a provincial administration, we will fulfill the mandate and mission statement of the province which is to effectively and efficiently promote and co-ordinate sustainable development in the province in order to ensure quality and timely service delivery to the communities in a transparent, accountable and equitable manner.

  In 2011, the province will continue to implement programmes that are in line with the Sixth National Development Plan (SNDP) strategic focus, which is the provision of infrastructure to support the economic growth in the area.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Mr Kalenga: Madam Chairperson, the budgeting was done in line with the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Finance and National Planning. The release of funds to the province has been timely and I urge the Ministry of Finance and National Planning to continue to release funds to the province next year as has been the case this year.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Mr Kalenga: Madam Chairperson, the provincial budget for the year 2011 is K35.7 billion and this has been allocated as follows:
 
Amount  Programme

K11.8 billion  Personal Emoluments

K23.9 billion Non-Personal Emoluments Programmes

Madam Chairperson, some of the programmes to be undertaken by Provincial Administration include:

Resettlement Schemes

Madam Chairperson, as the province, we realise on top of our agenda that agriculture is the cornerstone of the province and the country. We are aware that we have mining activities going on in the country, but we have no control over tourism. We may have tourism in the province, but we believe that due to the availability of land and markets, our priority is to go into resettlement schemes to make it favourable for our people to do farming activities. This can also be improved by way of having good infrastructure. We have gone further to market our crop in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Madam Chairperson, we are also looking at diversifying our culture in the North-Western Province. We are going to embark on the construction of a cultural village in Solwezi to continue to enable artists exhibit their products. We cannot be talking about Victoria Falls alone. We should be talking about the source of the Zambezi River which is in North-Western Province. We also have the source of Kafue River which is known as Lwengwe in Mushindamo in Solwezi. Apart from these two major rivers, we also have the deepest river in Africa which is Kabompo River. This river is in North-Western Province.

Madam Chairperson, work will continue at the Kipushi Border Post so as to facilitate cross border trading activities with the DRC. The province would also commence works on the construction of Jimbe Border Post in order to enhance cross border trading between Zambia and Angola. This will result in widening the domestic revenue base for the country.

Madam, as a province, we will also look at water resource management and ground water development and management. Beekeeping development is on our agenda. As North-Western Province, we have a lot of potential in beekeeping. The honey which is found in the North-Western Province was also mentioned in the Bible. It was referred to as the milk and honey for that Promised Land.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Mining

Mr Kalenga: Madam Chairperson, as a province, we are endowed with a lot of mineral wealth. We believe that in order to attract local and foreign investment, mining activities will continue to play a role in the economic sector, not only in the province, but the whole country. In the North-Western Province, we also have Kansanshi Mine and Lumwana Mine which are the two biggest mines in the province. We await the opening of Kalumbila Mine in Solwezi and we will spend about K3.6 billion in supporting this project. This will be the biggest mine in the whole world and will create employment for our people in the province.

Madam Chairperson, as the Provincial Administration, we would like to acknowledge the plan by the Ministry of Works and Supply to upgrade the Solwezi/Chingola Road in order to cope with the increased traffic projection as a result of increased mining activities.

Madam Chairperson, we also appeal to the hon. Minister of Communications and Transport to expedite the process of constructing a railway line from Chingola to Jimbe in the North-Western Province as this will easy up pressure on the road. This will open up full scale trade with Angola.

Madam Chairperson, we also asked the hon. Minister of Communications and Transport to embark on the long awaited extension of the Solwezi Airport Runway in view of the fact that international chatter flights are on the increase coupled with the emergence of the mining activities.

Madam Chairperson, we thank the Government for connecting Mwinilunga, Kabompo, Zambezi, Mufumbwe and Chavuma to the national grid.  This will enable us construct many hydropower stations where possible as this is one way of attracting meaningful investment in the five districts.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Mr Kalenga: Madam Chairperson, I am happy to report to the House that works on the M8 Road from Kasempa Turnoff to Chavuma has progressed very well.

Mrs Masebo: Start dancing!

Mr Kalenga: As I am talking, I can even start dancing…

Laughter

Mr Kalenga: …but it is unparliamentary.

Laughter

Mr Kalenga: Madam Chairperson, as I am talking to you, work is progressing very well and they are now at the border between Kabompo and Mufumbwe. They have done at least about 44 kilometres. We have a second contractor which is the China New Era International Engineering Corporation. This contractor is already on site in Kabompo and its workers have already done10 kilometres this year.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Mr Kalenga: Madam Chairperson, as I am talking, we have a third contractor on site in Zambezi who is working on the Zambezi/ Mumbezhi Road. There are also plans to tender for the fourth contractor to work on the Zambezi/Chavuma Road. I know, my colleagues from the Opposition have nothing to say about the roads and they will have no story to tell next year, in 2011.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Mr Kalenga: This is the work of the good Government under the leadership of His Excellency Rupiah Bwezani Banda.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Mr Kalenga: Madam Chairperson, the Ministry of Finance and National Planning should continue with the releases of funds for budgeted for programmes as has been the case in the previous years to ensure effective implementation of the programme.

Madam Chairperson, in conclusion, the Ministry of Finance and National Planning should continue increasing funding to the province in view of the continued expansion in economic activities in the province. I therefore, ask the hon. Members to give favourable consideration for the Budget for the North-Western Province.

I thank you, Madam Chairperson.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

The Deputy Minister for Western Province (Mr Mwapela): Madam Chairperson, thank you very much for giving me the Floor to say a few words to the House outlining the budget brief for 2011 and what the people of Western Province expect.

Madam Chairperson, as a province, we continue to recognize that poverty and illiteracy are still widespread in our province and, therefore, our strategic focus remains and I quote: “To ensure increased investment in infrastructure and human development”.

Madam Chairperson, from the onset, I wish to commend the co-operating partners who have been able to honour their commitment to key programmes and projects under the implementation in my province. I also wish to reiterate the significant improvements attained under the 2010 Budget mainly, as a result of Government’s commitment in releasing funds to the province.

Madam, under the 2011 Budget, we hope to continue to ensure effective and efficient provision of increased and equitable access to quality socio-economic services in order to uplift the living standards of the people of Western Province. The people of this province are beginning to see positive changes aimed at bettering their lives.

Budget Outlook

Madam Chairperson, in 2010, the Government allocated K31.5 billion to my province. In 2011, the Provincial Budget amounts to a total of K35.7 billion broken down as follows:

Personal Emoluments :                             K13.3 billion 

Non Personal Emoluments: RDC’s           K14.1 billion

                                                 PRP               K8.3 billion


Madam Chairperson, you will note that there is an increase in the provincial allocation by K4.2 billion. 17 per cent of this increase consists of additional funds for PRP programmes and projects.

In view of the above budget outlook, you will note that budgeting for 2011 continued to be challenging. I therefore, hope that line ministries will continue supporting my province with the funds allocated in the 2011 Budget for projects and programmes.

This will indeed, go a long way in supplementing efforts being made by the Provincial Administration in addressing poverty levels that currently is still at 84 per cent. This is not a record and figure one can be proud of. That is why the MMD Government is working flat out to ensure positive change in the lives of our people in the Western Province.

   Projects and Programmes

Madam Chairperson, having stated the strategic focus for 2011, allow me to also briefly outline the programmes and projects for my province.

Road Infrastructure

Madam Chairperson, development comes with better infrastructure especially roads which play a major role in improving the social conditions of the people.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Mr Mwapela: It should be noted that there is a big challenge to construct roads in my province due to sandy terrain coupled with inadequate construction material like gravel. In this respect, huge amounts of funds are required accordingly.

Madam Chairperson, under the 2010 work plan for Rural Roads Unit (RRU), my province managed to gravel a total of 223 kilometers of road. The major ones include:

(i) Chilombo/Katoya Road in Kaoma;

(ii) Kalabo/Kalongola Road in Kalabo (on-going);

(iii) Limulunga/Ushaa Road in Mongu; and

(iv) Simungoma/Machile Road in Sesheke

I am glad to note that K6 billion of PRP funds will be channeled towards construction of roads in the 2011 budget. With this allocation, I am sure that our targets will increase significantly.

Madam Chairperson, I also wish to note the major projects that have been commissioned with funding from Road Development Agency and co-operating partners. Prominent among them are:

(a) Mongu/Kalabo Road at a cost of K1.3 trillion;

(b) Senanga/Sesheke Road with a bridge in Sioma on the Zambezi River at a cost of K708 billion.

These works have already commenced and are expected to be completed by July 2012.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Mr Mwapela: The people will very happy to have these roads opened by the Government of His Excellency Mr Rupiah Bwezani Banda.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Mr Mwapela: It is this and other unprecedented developmental programmes spearheaded by the MMD Government that will ensure victory for this Government in 2011.

 Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

 Community development and Social Welfare

Mr Mwapela: Madam Chairperson, under the 2011 Budget, we hope to revamp and rehabilitate these institutions so that they begin to offer training to our people. The Government has also continued to disburse Food Security Packs and women empowerment funds.

Education Sector

Madam Chairperson, under the 2010 Budget, my province ensured expanded access to education through the construction of infrastructure at both basic and high school levels. A total of 156 school projects continued to be implemented at a cost of K222 billion.

The recruitment of 220 teachers by the Government in March this year has improved staffing levels in my province.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Skills Development

Mr Mwapela: Madam Chairperson, under the Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship training (TEVET) programmes, it is gratifying to note that the Government has completed construction projects that were ongoing like Mongu and Kaoma Trades Training institutes at a total cost of K8.1 billion.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Mr Mwapela: Further, a new site has also been identified in Kalabo and will be launched by the end of this year.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Health Sector

Mr Mwapela: Madam Chairperson, my province has continued with efforts to bring health care to remote areas. Most remote areas in the province still lack access to health care services. Construction of three district hospitals in Mongu, Shang’ombo and Kaoma is in progress at an advanced stage.

Madam Chairperson, it is my sincere hope that the Ministry of Health will allocate more infrastructure development funds to my province next year to ensure that most health projects are completed and operational.

Madam Chairperson, in terms of disease burden, I am happy to note that my province recorded significant reduction in the incidence of major diseases like malaria. I am hopeful that with continued implementation and scaling up of indoor residual spraying, the incidence of malaria will reduce even further.

Madam Chairperson, some of the challenges encountered by this sector in my province is inadequate medical equipment, technical and support staff. It is, therefore, the wish of the people of the Western province that the Ministry of Health budget for 2011 will help us address some of these challenges being faced by the sector.

Water and Sanitation

Madam Chairperson, my province to increase access to clean water and sanitation for the people of Western Province. This year, my province recorded remarkable progress in borehole construction and rehabilitation. A total of 282 boreholes were constructed compared to forty in 2009. More constructions will be undertaken next year. 

Water Transport

Madam Chairperson, canal development continues to be priority in terms of improving water transport and draining of excess water from the flood plain thus facilitating production of winter crops.

I am glad to note that the Government of His Excellency Rupiah Bwezani Banda has this year procured a dredger machine at a cost of K3.5 billion.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!
Mr Mwapela: The people of this province who depend on canals are very happy with Government’s effort to bring the long awaited dredger machine which will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people of the Western Province.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Mr Mwapela: I am also hopeful that with good drainage of canals, my province will see positive change in rice and maize production. I want to appeal to the Ministry of Communications and Transport to consider allocating funds for canals development in the province.

Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP)

Madam Chairperson, following the review of farmer Input Support Programme, the number of beneficiaries increased under the 2009/2010 farming season. I wish to note with happiness that this increase resulted in the bumper harvest. I am glad to state that actual purchases of maize and rice have exceeded the planned purchases by 58 per cent and 315 per cent respectively.  

Madam Chairperson, you will agree with me that this is a tremendous achievement that has come through the good policies of the MMD. I would like to commend our farmers for the positive response that has increased their agricultural output.

I am also glad to note that the Food Reserve Agency increased the number of satellite depots from thirty in 2009 to eighty-two in 2010. However, my province still requires more satellite depots to ensure that all farm blocks are covered adequately.

Public Order and Safety

Madam Chairperson, under the 2010 Budget we saw increased investment in the Judiciary in my province. A total of K3 billion was allocated for construction of 10 local courts in the seven districts of the province.

Madam Chairperson, it is our hope that most infrastructure projects will be supported by line ministries and that such support will be rendered on time since our implementation period is limited. We shall remain committed to ensuring that all developmental projects under implementation are completed on time so that our communities begin to benefit from these structures.

I wish to end my submission by thanking all co-operating partners who have continued to render unconditional support to the Western Province and all hon. Members who supported this budget.

Madam Chairperson, I thank you.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

The Deputy Minister for Eastern Province (Mr I. Banda): Madam, Chairperson, I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity to respond to some of the concerns raised by hon. Members of Parliament from my province.

Mr Shawa: Hammer! Banda!

Mr I. Banda: In the first place, let me take the policy statement issued by His Honour the Vice-President as my own and go straight into answering the concerns that were raised. I will start with the RRU and the K5 billion that was allocated to us in the 2010 Budget.

Madam Chairperson, as a province, we allocated this money equitably to all the constituencies where we had not done using the RRU resources in the previous year. I have heard many hon. Members of Parliament talking about equitable distribution of resources. Yes, this is true. As a province, we critically looked at what type of resources that have been allocated and to which constituency.

Madam Chairperson, the province received contractors to rehabilitate agriculture feeder roads in three districts namely, Chipata, Katete and Lundazi meaning that about ten constituencies were already covered. However, even then, the other constituencies in these three districts did not benefit much from this exercise. Out of the ten constituencies, three districts under this project received massive road rehabilitation such as Lundazi District which involved massive road networks in Chasefu covering more than 100 km in Lundazi Constituency and covering almost the same as Chasefu. Lumezi Constituency benefited little because it has a valley area where agriculture is less done.

Madam, in Chipata District and Chipangali, in particular, there was massive road rehabilitation out of the Agriculture Feeder Road Fund.

Mr V. Mwale: Hear, hear! Zoona!

Mr I. Banda: In Katete, under the same project, a lot of work has been done covering all the three constituencies. The Chinese who were contracted in all these three districts are going to maintain these roads up to 2014. So far, as an administration, we looked at how equitably we would allocate these resources from the RRU. This is the reason we thought we had to look at the constituencies which did not benefit form this funding. Therefore, we thought of taking the money and work on the main road from Chipata to Chadiza through Luangeni Constituency to serve the people of Chadiza. We also did Katete/Chadiza Road and, now, we are gong to grade the Katete/Nsolo Road.

 Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Mr I. Banda: Madam Chairperson, we have also worked on the T4 Joint with the Great East Road to Chief Nyalugwe in Nyimba District. Again, in Katete, we have finished grading the Katate/Chadiza Road except for installation of culverts which we are still going to do. In Chipata and Chadiza, we first worked on 22 km, under the RDA, using a Chinese company and part of the Chipata/Chadiza Road under the programme of Agriculture Feeder Road Fund.

 Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Mr I. Banda: The rest of the Chipata/Chadiza Road has been undertaken by the RRU and the road will be completed by next week.

 Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Mr I. Banda: This road passes through Luangeni to Chadiza constituency.

 Mr A. Mbewe: Hear, hear!

Mr I. Banda: Madam Chairperson, next week, we are starting the Katete/Msoro Road covering part of Mkaika, Kasenengwa and Malambo constituencies. We hope to complete it before the rains get very heavy.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Mr I. Banda: In Malambo Constituency, we are also opening a new road from Mfuwe Town to Chief Malama and the works are ongoing. Our aim is to join Ukwimi in Msanzala Constituency, in future, as and when funds permit. We also worked on the Masumba to Chief Nsefu Road.

Madam Chairperson, because we have many roads that need rehabilitation under this programme, we have engaged the machinery from the ZNS for the next fourteen days to work on the Chipangali/Mazatuwa Road before the rains get heavy.

Mr V. Mwale: Hear, hear!

Mr I. Banda: The rest of the constituencies that have been touched, this year, have had funds allocated in the next year’s Budget, which we are going to approve to day.

Madam Chairperson, let me take this opportunity to thank all hon. Members of Parliament who have allocated part of their CDF to the rural roads rehabilitation in their constituencies. Let us continue …

Business was suspended from 1615 hours to 1630 hours.

[THE CHAIRPERSON OF COMMITTEES in the
 Chair]

Mr I. Banda: Madam Chairperson, before business was suspended, I was thanking all hon. Members of Parliament who have allocated part of their CDF to the rural roads rehabilitation in their constituencies. Let us continue beefing up the RRU with more resources because the money that is allocated by this august House is little compared to the demand that we have out there for rehabilitation of our feeder roads.

Madam Chairperson, let me also comment on the issue of lobbying the Government to establish value addition industries. I would like to assure the hon. Members that we are working very hard on this issue. If all goes well, we expecting to start a tobacco processing plant by early next year in the provincial capital.

 Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Mr I. Banda: We want our tobacco farmers to be encouraged to produce more and get more money and pay less transport costs. The Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operatives together with the Tobacco Boards of Zambia (TBZ) are working on that issue.

Madam, on value addition to cotton, we are already ginning cotton seen in many of our districts. In Katete, Dunavant has a plant which produces oil and other products from the cotton seed. This means that we are on course trying to add value to these farm products.

 Mr Shawa: Hammer!

Security along the Border

Mr I. Banda:  Madam Chairperson, this issue is handled very well with the two Governments of Malawi and Zambia. The two people who are involved in this act were apprehended and the Malawian Government promised that it would deal with the two culprits and a report …

Interruptions

The Chairperson: Order!

We need order because it is like there is a competition to talk between the person on the Floor and other hon. Members. Please, consult quietly.

May the Deputy Minister please continue.

Mr I. Banda: Madam Chairperson, I was talking about the security along the border line with Malawi.

Madam Chairperson, this issue is handled very well between the two Governments of Malawi and Zambia. The two people who were involved in this act were apprehended and the Malawian Government promised that it would deal with the two and a report would be given to us as soon as possible over this matter. The sensitisation on both sides of Zambia and Malawi has been ongoing and we are also sensitising our people on the issue of the new boarder demarcation.

Human-Animal Conflict

Madam Chairperson, the issue of human-animal conflict has been going on in these areas since time immemorial. People in these areas are sensitised in which areas they should not trespass. It is just unfortunate that our people are found in these accidents from time to time and hope that with the sensitisation from expert officers from the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA), many people will take precaution on this issue.

Madam Chairperson, we are aware that both human beings and fields get destroyed by wild animals. Our people in these areas are taught how they can protect their fields from these destructive wild animals.

Madam Chairperson, all in all, the Eastern Province has grown in terms of development in all sectors, be it in education, health and agriculture, among others. We, therefore, call upon all those who may need to invest in the Eastern Province to come and invest without delay.

Madam Chairperson, I thank you.

 Hon. Members: Hear, hear!

The Deputy Minister for Central Province (Mr A. Banda): Madam Chairperson, let me start by thanking all hon. Members of Parliament in the Central Province.

Madam, I will start by responding to some queries from two Members of Parliament, Hon. Shakafuswa, Member of Parliament for Katuba and Hon. Kasoko, Member of Parliament for Mwembeshi, although both are not in the House at the moment.

Mr Munkombwe: You see!

Mr A. Banda: Hon. Shakafuswa, I should say, this time around, has improved.

Hon. Members: Hear, hear!

Laughter

Mr Munkombwe: He is born again!

Mr A. Banda: He is born again.

Hon. Members: Hear, hear!

Laughter

Mr A. Banda: Hon. Kasoko is also born again.

Laughter

Hon. Members: Hear, hear!

Mr A. Banda: Madam Chairperson, the mission statement of the Central Province is:
“To facilitate and co-ordinate social, economic and ecological development through effective resource mobilisation and utilisation, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation to ensure sustainable and improved quality of life of both rural and urban communities.”

Hon. Government Member: Hear, hear!

Mr A. Banda: Madam Chairperson, on rural roads, I wish to say that funds amounting to K5 billion were allocated and released to the RRU programme. The rural roads equipment is in the province. It is expected that road works amounting to 466 km will be covered by the end of 2010. This includes Mungule Road in Katuba Constituency. Other roads that have been worked on in the Central Province are: Muzamani/Lusiwasi Road, …

Hon. Member: Hear, hear!

Mr A. Banda: … 52 km; Ngabwe, 103 km; Chowa/Kasosolo Road, 32 km and Gibbson/Putam, which is in Chitambo Constituency, 15 km. Installation of culverts is going on in Kabwe Urban. On Monday, the roads repair equipment will move to Malambanya and Malcolm Moffat Road.

Hon. Governments: Hear, hear!

Mr A. Banda: In two weeks time, Kaindu/Mpusu Road, in Mumbwa, will be worked on. Situmbeko/Kabibe, Chimbotela/Situmbeko roads and Chitina Road in Mkushi North will also be worked on.

Ms Changwe: Hear, hear!

Mr A. Banda: Chikupili Road in Mkushi South will be worked on.

Mr Chisanga: Hear, hear! Hammer General, Hammer!

Mr A. Banda: Madam Chairperson, the outlook for the 2011 budgetary allocation to the province is K35,229,577,751 billion …

The Chairperson: Speak through the microphone, please.

Mr A. Banda: … of which K14,131,142,731 is for Personal Emoluments and K11,758,717 billion is for the Recurrent Departmental Charges. A total of K9,339,455,303 billion has been allocated for the implementation of the SNDP programmes in the province which are as follows: Under rural roads, K6 billion has been allocated for rehabilitation and construction of rural roads in the province; a total of K225 million has been allocated for Infrastructure Development, (civil works) for offices and staff houses, especially in the districts.

Mr Shawa: Hammer Banda hammer!

Mr A. Banda: Funds amounting to K1 billion have been set aside for the construction and rehabilitation of schools in the provinces. Under health, the construction, repair and maintenance of health facilities in the province has been allocated K300 million. A total of K500 million has been allocated for the cattle restocking exercise.

Hon. Member: Hear, hear!

Mr A. Banda: Madam Chairperson, an addition of K100 million has been reserved for the completion of the construction of the provincial running unit office block at Provincial Administration level. The land resettlement programme has been allocated K200 million for demarcation of plots and settler selection interviews and plot allocation at Katikulula Resettlement Scheme in Chitambo and Serenje. Community development has been allocated K150 million for economic empowerment projects through procurement and distribution of goats to vulnerable, but viable communities.

Mr Shawa: Hear, hear!

Mr A. Banda: In the cultural industry, K370 million has been allocated for ongoing construction of a cultural village in Kabwe and establishing cultural centres in Chibombo and Mkushi districts.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!

Mr Shawa: Culture!

Mr A. Banda: Restoration and Afforestation Programme has been allocated K26,770,713 to ensure that the environment is conserved. Under the Water Resource Development Programme, a total of K350 million has been allocated for drilling of bore-holes to ensure safe and clean water is available to communities in the province.

Hon. Member: Finally!

Mr Muntanga: Chimwela mwana!

Mr A. Banda: Madam Chairperson, I am a man of few words …

Hon. Members: Hear, hear!

Mr A. Banda: … and action-oriented.

In conclusion …

Hon. Members: Hear, hear! Hammer!

Laughter

Mr A. Banda: … Madam Chairperson, the development efforts during 2011 will continue to address poverty reduction in line with the SNDP 2011 to 2015 and the National Long Term Vision 2030.

Mr Shawa: Hear, hear! Ee ma solider!

Mr A. Banda: Every effort will continue to be made towards enhancing the efficiency of the programme implementation and monitoring at local level. It is further hoped that disbursement of funds for development programmes will continue to be timely and as per approved budget.

Madam Chairperson, I, therefore, implore the hon. Members of this House to also collectively, actively and consistently contribute to the development process in their respective constituencies, if the 2030 National Vision is to be achieved.

I thank you, Madam Chairperson.

Hon. Members: Hear, hear!

The Vice-President and Minister of Justice (Mr Kunda, SC.) : Madam Chairperson, the hon. Deputy Provincial Ministers have covered most of the issues raised by the hon. Members. What is disappointing and must be put on record is that those who raised these issues have disappeared from the House and have not been here to listen to our responses. This is disappointing for us. Otherwise, I wish to thank all the hon. Members for the support.

I thank you, Madam Chairperson.

Hon. Members: Hear, hear!

Vote 90/01 ordered to stand part of the Estimates.

Vote 90/02 ordered to stand part of the Estimates.

VOTE 90/03 – (Office of the President – Lusaka Province – Rural Roads Department – K6,729,741,374).

Mrs Masebo (Chongwe): Madam Chairperson, on Programme 8, Activity 09 – Grading 15km – Kanakantapa Road – Nil, Activity 10 – Grading  12km – Lubalashi Road – Nil,  Activity 11 – Grading, Regravelling  - 12km Kapete Road – Nil and Activity 12 – Heavy Grading – 25km Shimunguwo Road – Nil. May I know what will happen since these roads have not been rehabilitated and are important roads vis-à-vis agriculture, but there is no funding for them in the 2011 Budget.

Mr Shawa: Madam Chairperson, the year has not ended and so the roads will be rehabilitated and we hope that more roads will be repaired next year.

I thank you, Madam.

Vote 90/03 ordered to stand part of the Estimates.

Vote 90/08 ordered to stand part of the Estimates.

Vote 90/09 ordered to stand part of the Estimates.

Vote 90/16 ordered to stand part of the Estimates.

Vote 90/18 ordered to stand part of the Estimates.

Vote 90/19 ordered to stand part of the Estimates.

Vote 90/23 ordered to stand part of the Estimates.

VOTE 90/24 – (Office of the President – Lusaka Province – Social Welfare Department – K1,111,872,409).

Mrs Masebo: Madam Chairperson, on Programme 3, Activity 01 – Matero After Care Centre – Nil. May I know why there is no funding for this centre.

Mr Shawa: Madam Chairperson, the activity has been taken by the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services.

I thank you, Sir.

Vote 90/24 ordered to stand part of the Estimates.

VOTE 90/25 – (Office of the President – Lusaka Province – Cultural Services Department – K472,638,226).

Mrs Masebo: Madam Chairperson, may I have clarification on Programme 8 -Cultural Promotion – K37,420,000, I see that the only amount put there for the programme is K37,420,000, and yet there was a policy announcement by His Honour the Vice-President that there will be cultural villages that will be constructed at traditional ceremony grounds. Therefore, I would like to find out from the hon. Minister why that has not been taken into account in his budgeting.

Mr Shawa: Madam Chairperson, the funding for the construction of cultural villages in other areas will have to be taken by the Ministry of Community and Social Services in whose ambit cultural activities are.

I thank you, Madam Chairperson.

Vote 90/25 ordered to stand part of the Estimates.

Vote 90/40 ordered to stand part of the Estimates.

Vote 90/41 ordered to stand part of the Estimates.

VOTE 90/42 – (Officer of the President – Lusaka Province – Resettlement Department – K591,069,976).

Mrs Masebo: Madam Chairperson, may I have clarification on Programme 8, Activity 01 – Land Resource Survey – K50,845,140, Activity 02 – Development Control Monitoring – K23,254,939, for the whole programme there, I see there is a K74,100,079 and no mention of the schemes that have been established or that are being established in Lusaka Province. These scheme are mainly or only currently in Chongwe namely; Kasenga Resettlement, Kanakantapa Resettlement, the new Mwanawasa Resettlement and the Kampasa Resettlement that is up coming, but they have not been given any funding. How is the province going to help us there?

The Chairperson: I will guide that, generally, these are questions on clarifications not introduction of votes that may not appear because then, you will have a lot of questions such as why my clinic is not in the budget.

Vote 90/42 ordered to stand part of the Estimates.

Vote 90/43 ordered to stand part of the Estimates.

Vote 90/44 ordered to stand part of the Estimates.

Vote 90/46 ordered to stand part of the Estimates.

Vote 90/48 ordered to stand part of the Estimates.

Vote 90/49 ordered to stand part of the Estimates.

VOTE 90/51 – (Office of the President – Lusaka Province – Provincial Accounting Office – K1,204,965,502).

Mrs Masebo: Madam Chairperson, may I have clarification on page 1391, Programme 2 – General Administration …

The Chairperson: Order! Can you tell us the page, again?

Mrs Masebo: Page 1391.

The Chairperson: We are not yet there, you may wait.

Mrs Masebo: I thank you, Madam.

Vote 90/51 ordered to stand part of the Estimates.

VOTE 90/52 – (Office of the President – Lusaka Province – District Administration – K3,155,287,808).

Mrs Masebo: Madam Chairperson, may I have clarification on Programme 2 – General Administration – K447,016,920. I see that this programme’s resources have reduced from K544,120,000 to K447,0160,920, and yet we know that the work of the District Commissioners (DC) of visiting the district needs substantial resources. Currently, the DC in Chongwe has to ask for resources from the council for him to visit Shikabeta and all the other places in Chongwe District. As you will appreciate, Chongwe is the second largest district in Zambia. I would like to find out why the hon. Minister has reduced funding to the district administration.

Mr Shawa: Madam Chairperson, she has taken the block figure at the end, but I must say that all programmes in many other areas in line ministries and all line departments have been given money for monitoring. This is why we had to reduce on this figure.

I thank you, Madam Chairperson.

Hon. Government Members: Hear, hear!


 
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