Vice President, Rupiah Banda, has disclosed that government has estimated to spend at least K16 billion to mitigate effects of floods in Lusaka city.
Mr. Banda said the problem of floods was bigger than earlier estimated, hence government’s decision to look for contigent funds from the Ministry of Finance and National Planning.
The K16 billion is not part of the money allocated to be spent by the new Task Force set to address problems of floods in the country.
He said President Levy Mwanawasa left specific instructions that the Ministry of Finance should provide contigent funds to respond to the problem of floods in the country.
Mr. Banda was speaking at Chibolya Basic School today after touring New Kanyama Basic School, Kanyama Clinic and Chibolya today.
Mr. Banda also called on all Zambians to put aside political issues and concentrate on how best the problem of floods could be addressed in the country.
He was accompanied by Lusaka Province Minister, Lameck Mangani, and Lusaka City Council Town clerk, Timoth Hakuyu.