Government has revealed that about K41 million meant for the Social Cash Transfer (SCT), Project has not been accounted for by ZAMPOST.
According to a press statement made available to ZANIS by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services Press Office today, this translates to about 145,000 beneficiaries of about 500,000 total beneficiaries.
The K41 million represents about 29.7% of the donor funding in the last 4 months. Government funds 75% of the project while donors fund 25%.
The total funding currently stands at about K552 million, of which government funds K414million (75%), and donors K138million (25%).
In addition, a total of 355,000 beneficiaries are receiving their SCT smoothly with about 71% success rate currently.
The 71% success rate is in line with the President’s message during the opening of Parliament on September 14, 2018 in which he stated that the program is doing well and government is considering scaling up to 700,000 beneficiaries in 2019.
The SCT program is a major social protection intervention by government to continuously reduce extreme poverty in Zambia.
Implementation is done by the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS).
Beneficiaries of this programme are persons identified by the MCDSS, aged above 65 years or individuals with severe disability.
Currently, the SCT stands at K90.00 per household and is paid bi-monthly at K180.00
Households of members with disabilities receive a double amount of K180.00 per month, which is K360.00 bi-monthly.
Payments are done through pay point managers who are from government departments mostly from Education and Health ministries.
MCDSS also engaged ZAMPOST to administer the SCT and piloting was done in Luapula and Western Provinces.