KELVIN CHONGO, Lusaka
Parliament has approved a K2.9 billion supplementary budget to support key economic areas such as Zambia Revenue authority (ZRA), Ministry of Transport
and Ministry of Health staff recruitments.
Minister of Finance Felix Mutati said K1.9 billion out of the approved supplementary budget will be supported by re-allocations within the 2017 approved budget while protecting social sector spending.
He was speaking when he presented to the House the Supplementary Estimates number 1 of 2017.
“The approved Supplementary budget will support social sectors that include health, education, water supply and sanitation as well as social safety nets.
Mr Mutati also told Parliament that K167.4 million is in respect of funds carried over from the 2016 financial year and that it will be spent in 2017.
He said K416.2 million are additional funds from 2017 approved budget and K360 million are additional funds from other domestic sources.
He said a total of K85 million is proposed under the Ministry of Transport and Communication meant to facilitate the procurement and installations of ICT equipment.
Mr Mutati also said that an additional K8.5 million is being requested by ZRA to support enhanced border operations.
“It is proposed that K376.7 million be allowed under the Ministry of Health for the recruitment of an additional 5,400 frontline medical personnel in 2017,” he said.
He said this will enable Government to operationalise the various health facilities that have been completed in the last few months countrywide.
Mr Mutati also said that in Government’s continued effort of cushioning the vulnerable against the effects of the reforms being carried under economic stabilisation and growth programme, K150 million has been proposed.
He said K116.5 million will go towards a School Feeding programme especially in rural areas and K64.5 will go to Social Cash Transfer programme.
“K32 million is requested under the Ministry of Higher Education for preliminary works and feasibility studies on the establishment of a Nuclear Energy and Research Power Plant,” he said.
And Mr Mutati said Government has recorded a number of positive achievements realised so far in 2017.