The Minister of Finance says discussions are underway with donors who are delaying their funding to the health sector to find a way foward.

Finance Minister Situmbeko Musokotwane said delays in funding to the health sector by some donors will affect the performance of the 2009 national budget.

He said this is because government is now moving funds from other sectors and directing them to health.

Dr. Musokotwane said the global financial crisis has also affected the budget.

He said the projected revenue has fallen by ten percent while foreign exchange inflows have reduced as a result of the financial crisis.

Dr. Musokotwane was speaking during a ZNBC Radio two programme -Government Forum.

Some donors have delayed funding to the health sector following revelations of financial abuse amounting to over K27 billion at the ministry.

[ZNBC]

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  1. Sto pressuring the donors like they owe you. Check definition of donor. Sort your thieves first before you start crying foul.

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  2. The IMF lends money to countries with “conditionalities” that the recipient governments are duty bound to follow. The most severe conditionalities fall on the poverty-stricken Third World Countries.The policy of the IMF is to demand less and less money be spent internally on health care, food and housing for local populations. In most instances this is complied with.

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  3. so global crisis will be an excuse for every failure.how can donors trust the govt with such mismanagement of funds and such press conferences by the head of state honestly?

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  4. As long as govt delays dealing with Permanent bandit, Miti. Donors will not be confident enough to give aid.

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  5. Ala what nonsense is this????? Why wasn’t this important topic addressed by the Presdinet at his soul called Press Conference?????Please don’t waste time on such…All you are worried about is budget?What about the strike when will u address that ????

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  6. This is the siliest Minister of finance this poor country have ever had. Which money have you deviated to ministry of health, since there is no wrok going on there at this time? I though Ipala likonka Amano but awe. The level of ignorance from these so called Dr is amazing. Did you really get your PhD properly??

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  7. You see sily minister, when these crooks were stealing money, the budget was still OK. Now that you have stoped the lick, the stealing you must now be having more money.

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  8. Circus. Is this for real? Donors have the right to withhold funds, you need to start planning without having donors in mind. Divert funds from your gratuity honorable Minister.

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  9. Donors should be encouraged to without their loans and othe support as long as the government doe snot show seriousness in eliminating thefts. Equally, there has to be a condition that Bwezani reduces on being a “Tourist” or “Diplomat st Large” so that the country can save on per diem, allowances and other travel related costs.
    No Transparency, No money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  10. Donors, please don’t be fooled; these characters are waiting to oil their pockets. Our government should account for every penny given already, and make sure they recover at least half of what was stolen, before further donor-funding to the MoH. Please act on these suspects/thieves before we go back into silence mode.

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  11. An independent government should not depend on another government for funds. There are so many ways the government of Zambia can raise it’s funds.

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  12. “MMD presidential aspirant Professor Clive Chirwa has said the ruling party looks foolish to the outside world because of lies.”

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