A Law maker for Kafue constituency in Lusaka Province has dispelled reports that constituency and youth development funds in his area have already been disbursed.
Bradford Machila said this was not true because all the funds Government sent to the district are still intact in the local Zambia National Commercial Bank (ZANACO) account.
Mr. Machila who is also Lands Minister told ZANIS in an intervieew today that it was important communities who want to benefit from the funds understand the guidelines which must be followed for one to access the money.
The MP has also urged community and youth groups in the areea to take keen interest in establishing how they can benefit from Constituency and Youth Development funds.
Bradford Machila implored the groups to play an active role in accessing these loans.
Mr. Machila said a committee was already in place and is currently calling for applications so that youths and community groups start accessing the money.
He said it was wrong for certain sections of the community to start criticising the process of disbursing CDF money.
He disclosed that the district has a total of K260 million Constituency Development Funds and K50 million for the youths in its local account and the money has not been disbursed.
Mr. Machila said youth and constituency funds are public resources and that as area MP, he could not allow a process which is transparent and corrupt to disburse the funds.
The MP pledged to ensure that Government guidelines are followed to benefit all groups in Kafue.
He said people should not blame his office due to their failure to meet requirements under the set guidelines. He said these funds are meant for groups who need assistance and can bring about change in communities they live.
In another development, Mr. Machila has disclosed that Government has released close to K300 million for the construction of a rural health centre in Kabweza area of Mungu ward in Kafue district.
Mr. Machila said the funds have been sourced by Governmebnt through the ministry of health.
Construction of the health facility, he said was expected to start as soon as preliminary preparations are done.
He expressed gratitude at the development saying this would assist the local people who had no health facility.
Mr. Machila disclosed that residents walk for more than 20 kilometers to the nearest health centre in Kafue Estates and Chikupi for medical treatment.
He said once the clinic is constructed communities will no longer have to cover long distances when seeking medical attention