ALVIN CHIINGA, Parliament
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina yesterday told Parliament that Government, through provincial administrations countrywide, achieved a lot in various sectors of the economy this year.
In her policy statement to the House on the estimates of revenue and expenditure for provincial administrations, Mrs Wina said Government made a lot of progress in sectors such as infrastructure, agriculture, decentralisation, human development and environmental sustainability in 2016.
â€œA number of successes were made in 2016 as the revised 6th National Development Plan is coming to an end. Infrastructure development that includes road and health facilities construction has witnessed a lot of progress,â€ Mrs Wina said.
The Vice-President said the agriculture sector witnessed a lot of success despite some provinces such as the Southern Province receiving inadequate rains in the last farming season.
She, however, said the agriculture sector recorded a bumper maize harvest and that Zambia was the only country in the region that had a maize surplus.
Mrs Wina said significant progress was also made in human development, health and education.
She said progress has been made in the construction of the 650 health posts though slow progress has been attributed to cancellation of contracts with contractors who were under-performing.
Mrs Wina said the K810,159,440 proposed budget for provincial administrations next year will ensure that there is continuation in the execution of development projects countrywide.
She said provincial administrations will continue to co-ordinate and evaluate development programmes.
And Parliament adopted a report of the standing orders committee on the revised National Assembly standing orders moved by parliamentary chief whip Richard Musukwa, who is also Chililabombwe MP.
Mr Musukwa said some of the salient features in the revised standing orders include a further provision which has been inserted and will enable the Speaker in consultation with the House Business Committee to allow a visiting head of State or foreign dignitary to address the House.
He said the number of portfolio and general purposes committees have also been increased from 15 to 19 in accordance with Article 80 of the Constitution of Zambia.
Mr Musukwa also said that other considerations include increasing allocation of time during the Vice-Presidentâ€™s question time from 30 minutes to 45 minutes.
Mazabuka Central MP Gary Nkombo (UPND) supported the motion and said that most of the standing orders are archaic and need to be revised.
ALVIN CHIINGA, Parliament