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State tightens noose on wastage of public funds

VICE President Inonge Wina (left) and her permanent secretary under the ministry of national development planning Dr Simon Miti during a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday. PICTURE: ROYD SIBAJENE/ZANIS

STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
MINISTER of Development Planning Inonge Wina says Government is tightening loo-pholes to minimise resource misuse and corruption in the public service.
Mrs Wina, who is Vice-President, said it is the view of her ministry to support measures to strengthen financial management systems to make enough resources available for development financing.
“The ministry will be a key partner in ensuring that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is efficiently utilised in ensuring that good fiduciary standards are upheld by spending agencies and minimise on abuse of resources,” Mrs Wina said.
The Vice-President said this in Lusaka yesterday when she gave an update on the progress made following the creation of the Ministry of Development Planning.
Mrs Wina said the national monitoring and evaluation system will be made versatile in helping government attain value for money.
She said Government will work with relevant law enforcement agencies to enforce accountability and ensure that punitive measures are taken against erring public servants.
And Mrs Wina said climate change has a negative toll on Zambia’s food security.
“Our country is currently facing the daunting challenge of climate variability, threatening not only national food security but also the availability of energy to sustained productivity and growth,” Mrs Wina said.
She said her ministry will mainstream climate change in development plans and strengthen coordination mechanism to effectively mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.
Mrs Wina called on Zambians to change their mindsets and attitudes in order to achieve meaningful development.
“Citizens must take up the responsibility and own development initiatives being undertaken. A smart Zambia is only feasible if we all transform ourselves in the way we perceive ourselves, the environment, the cultural traits and behaviours,” she said.

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