Government last year spent over K122 million on various programs and interventions aimed at preparing the Zambian national governing council towards the implementation of the African Peer Review Mechanism, APRM.
Justice Minister, George Kunda, said various programs among others, an APRM national brainstorming meeting and a seminar for Members of Parliament was held to equip the various stakeholders with skills prior to the implementation of the APRM.
Mr Kunda said this in parliament today in response to a question raised by Kabwata Patriotic Front Member of Parliament, Given Lubinda, who wanted to know how much government has spent towards the implementation of the APRM since 2006.
He noted that in 2006, government did not allocate any funds for the APRM while this year K10 billion has been earmarked.
Mr Kunda also refuted reports that Zambia has the biggest number of staff in the APRM national governing council in the region.
“Zambia has only a staff size of 48 in the governing council but we have information another country in the region has 90. So it is not true that we have the biggest number,” Mr Kunda said.
He said this in response to a follow up question raised by Mr Lubinda, on whether Zambia had the biggest number of personnel in the APRM governing council.