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Parliament unanimously passes the K46.7 billion 2015 national budget

Economy Parliament unanimously passes the K46.7 billion 2015 national budget

Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda delivering the 2015 budget
Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda delivering the 2015 budget

PARLIAMENT on Wednesday night adjourned sine die after unanimously passing the K46.7 billion 2015 national budget.

Members of Parliament (MPs) sat for 43 days and six new MPs were sworn in after winning by-elections.

And Parliament unanimously passed the Appropriation Bill to operationalise the K46.7 billion 2015 national budget.

Minister of Finance Alexander Chikwanda said Government will continue to implement debt management systems.

Mr Chikwanda also said Government will continue to use domestic market to raise funds.

“The most important thing is the execution of the national budget. My ministry will ensure that revenue collection is enhanced to raise more funds to meet costs,” Mr Chikwanda said.
He called on MPs to monitor programmes in their constituencies and to provide checks and balances.

Acting Leader of Government Business Yamfwa Mukanga moved the motion of adjournment.
Contributing to the debate on the motion to adjourn the House sine die, Monze Central MP Jack Mwimbu (UPND) appealed to MPS to ensure that peace is maintained before, during and after the January 20, 2015 presidential election.

Mr Mwimbu also commended Acting President Guy Scott for being firm and for condemning violence.

“Members of my constituency have expressed concern over the recent happenings in the country, but I am happy with the stance Dr Scott has taken,” Mr Mwimbu said.

Kasenengwa MP Victoria Kalima (MMD) urged MPs not to drag traditional leaders into politics as they campaign for their parties.

“It has been disappointing to see the ruling party have wrangles but we would like to commend the Acting President for ensuring that violence is not entertained,” Ms Kalima said.

Parliament adjourned sine die at 21:30 hours on Wednesday.

10 COMMENTS

  1. “Parliament unanimously passes the K46.7 billion 2015 national budget” this is so because no one knows who will enter government in 30 days time. All parties are hopeful that they will form Government on 23rd January 2015. But if people are reasonable enough they should let these the guys to finish up to 2016 for continuity

    • @Moyes are you up to annoy us or what ? Which “guys” should continue to 2016? Maybe if you lobby that HH keeps Uncle “malume” Chikwanda ku Finance. But NOT any PF president, not Scott, not Sampa and worse of all not E.Lungu.

  2. The listening government has now started shutting down mines with their outrageous Royalty taxes! Just wait for the ripple effects. Job creation gone wrong here!
    This PF experiment is just too much now. PF must go!

    • what kind of thinking is this. where do you expect government to get money to fund public services if they cannot tax mines? be reasonable my friend.

  3. Now that the budget has been approved, it is also time to be alert, because the park of wolves have been released from the cage and are capable of rasacking the budget. It is the more reason they quickly approved it. The statement by CHIKWANDA that now the MPs must go and monitor the usage of thes funds is very telling. Because even during SATA’s reign PF MPs never used to go out of Lusaka untill SATA started complaining and chasing them to go into their constituencies to explain to people what government has done for them. SO BE CAREFUL WITH THEM OUT THERE. THIS IS THE TIME OUR PRESIDENT GUY SCOTT HAS TO BE MORE VIGILATE THAN EVER BEFORE. pf IS A TERRIBLE PARTY BY ALL STANDARDS, COS IT IS COMPOSED OF THE UNCARING LOT,AS IF THEY ARE NOT FATHERS OR MOTHERS.

    • they have more money than we do. they collect more revenue than us. remember that when you buy a second hand japan car it comes through these countries and you pay taxes. that budget is what we can afford and in fact half of it will be financed through donations since businesses in Zambia evade tax

  4. The stance taken by Guy Scott to protect tax payers money is commendable. The PF should not use govt facilities and money for their campaign no.

    This idea of removing vehicle number plates should be stopped because these we know are government vehicles being abused.

    Pass a law to prosecute these thieves who change or remove the vehicle number plates.

    VIVA Zambia united viva HH

  5. A Party with no vision upnd,u Support everything how can we pipo Trust u ,today u condem this ,other day u say yes b consisa under five try with konmbo mayb in 2021 if u wont b lyk unip or mmd by then.

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