Feira Constituency Independent Member of Parliament in Luangwa District Stephen Miti has ordered Luangwa Town Council to immediately stop using Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to pay for school fees for 100 vulnerable students pursuing diploma and degree courses in different tertiary institutions.
Mr. Miti has also directed the council not to settle the K 506,000.00 debt that the council owes the tertiary institutions as arrears for school fees since 2015 to date.
The Member of Parliament disclosed to ZANIS in Lunagwa recently that he has ordered the local authority to immediately stop using CDF to pay for school fees for the 100 vulnerable students because the move is against CDF guidelines.
The MP has since stopped the payments as he is alleging that some of the students are from rich families while others are ghost students who do not exist in the learning institutions indicated on the beneficiary list.
Mr. Miti said CDF is supposed to be spent prudently on programmes and projects that benefit communities as a whole and not on programmes that only benefit individuals such as payment of school fees.
Meanwhile, Chairperson for the Pastors’ Ministers Fellowship Davies Mavunga has appealed to government to intervene in the matter, saying most of the students are in examination classes and might not be allowed to sit for their final examinations if the arrears owed to the learning institutions are not settled.
Reverend Mavunga said although the council has erred by going against the CDF guidelines, the plight of these vulnerable students must be considered with sympathy.