The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is asking the Office of the Auditor General to urgently probe the expenditures made by Government to Reedbuck Lodge and operational expenditures at the Road Development Agency (RDA) on fuels for staff pool vehicles.
We are saddened to note that in a country like Zambia where over 60 per cent of our people live below the poverty datum line, Government can make a payment of K2,246,547 (in excess of K2 billion on old currency) for a 5 month accommodation for the former first family at a private Lodge. This is the amount of money Government can use to buy a very decent and high class transit house of all former first families than abuse taxpayers money like that.
YALI is saddned with some reports reaching us that RDA is spending a colossal amount of K300,000 (K300,000,000 in old currency) each month on fuels for staff pool vehicles with Tom Carts every month and the wage Bill has RDA has risen from about K2 million to K7 million when staff salaries were raised with those that we getting K4,000, now earning K15,000 per month. The Auditor General must as a matter of interest in the payments being made by RDA to Total filing station for these pool vehicles and ascertain the necessity of such huge monthly payments on fuels.
At a time when Minister Chikwanda is seeking approval from Parliament to raise the debt ceiling, we find that such expenditures questionable and contributing to increased the budget deficit. Minister Chikwanda cannot continue borrowing funds while Government and it’s agencies such as RDA are incurring such expenditures that can be avoidable and it will be irresponsible for Parliament to allow Government to raise the debt ceiling in view of such expenditures on the former first family and RDA.
The expenditure RDA is making on its staff includinb mete clerks can gi a long wayin serving people and doing roads in high density areas like in Kapwepwe Ward where we have heard lots of complaints.
YALI believes this wastefulness must brought to an end and we doubt if President Lungu approves of such an exorbitant expenditure Government has made on the accommodation of the first family. Equally, RDA was put under the Office of the President and these expenditures by RDA must be brought to an end by the President and his administration.