MPs Reject Govt Offer On CDF, Goodall Dangled K15 Million

Members of Parliament today (Thursday) have rejected the proposed allocation to National Local Government Finance Committee, which would have seen the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) being increased from K12 million to K15 million.

MPs want the CDF to be increased from K12 million to K25 million, however, Minister of Finance, Goodall Gondwe, offered them K15 million.

First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje was forced to call for a division vote in which each MP was voting individually to determine if the government’s offer was accepted or rejected.

The voting results revealed that the proposal has been rejected with 71 MPs voting against the proposal and 49 voted in favor of it.

70 MPs were absent from Parliament at the time of voting.

The voting results meant that government has to find another means of convincing the Parliamentarians or completely bow down to their demands.  However, that will depend on availability of funds.

The allocation to National Local Government Finance Committee is K50.9 billion. If the Parliamentarians have their way, it will rise to K51.9 billion.

Two weeks ago Parliament went into an uproar over the conditions of services which include GPA and emergency loans.

GPA is a 36 months loan amounting to K3 million which all MPs are eligible to apply. Government subsidizes its interests.

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