The Zambia National Women’s Lobby has distanced itself from the Non-Governmental Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC)’s opposition of the K1.5 billion allocated to the Office of the First Lady.
Women’s Lobby Chairperson Beauty Katebe Phiri tells QFM News in a statement that it is her organisation’s considered view that if NGOCC wanted to oppose the allocation in question, it would have done so at the stage when the Yellow Book of the budget was publicized.
Ms Phiri adds that the NGOCC could have lobbied Parliament not to approve the allocation.
She says the mandate of the Zambia National Women’s Lobby is to advocate for the empowerment of women, and that they are therefore delighted that the Office of the First Lady has been funded in such a transparent manner as this will foster good governance and accountability.
Ms Phiri states that it is a known fact that all the past First Ladies had activities attached to their offices funded by tax payers’ money which has never been audited because no one could trace the vault of the expenditure.
She says the Women’s Lobby commends government for the transparent manner it will allow the Zambian people to monitor the expenditure of the First Lady’s office.
Ms Phiri has further called for the need to ensure that the Office of the First Lady is constitutionalised.