President Edgar Lungu has given Secretary to Cabinet Roland Msiska, seven days, to take decisive action towards curbing all malpractices in the administration of the Social Cash Transfer (SCT) programme.
President Lungu has further directed Minister of Community Development Emerine Kabanshi and her Finance counterpart Margaret Mwanakatwe to continue their engagements with donors.
He has further directed them to assure donors of the remedial measures that government has been undertaking since the reported cases of misuse, earlier this year.
The President has further regretted that that the comprehensive report on the administration of the social cash transfer funds ordered four months ago, was only availed to him on September 14, 2018.
Reports indicate that a total of K43,819,164 accounts as an outstanding balance owing to beneficiaries in Luapula, Northern, North-western, Muchinga, Western and Copperbelt provinces respectively.
The Head of State has since directed that all remaining actions and remedial measures be availed to him within one week.
“I want a speedy and decisive investigation into the matter, to establish the status of the disbursement of the Social Cash Transfer programme,” the President said.
“Wherever cases of abuse requiring criminal investigations may arise, such cases must be reported to relevant agencies and where administrative action is required, I want to see prompt action taken,” he added.
President Lungu has also raised concern over the reported breach in the administering of the Social Cash Transfer, saying the perpetrators are disadvantaging the vulnerable who society who depend on this vital safety net.
And President Lungu says he is as frustrated as the donors funding the programme because the main aim of the project is to ensure that the plight of the vulnerable in society is met.
On September 5th, 2018, the Secretary to Cabinet led a government delegation to a meeting with donors, where measures being undertaken to address the problems encountered in the SCT programme were shared.
This is contained in a statement made available to ZANIS by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda.