By Jubiel Zulu
Zambia Civil Society for Poverty Reduction and other Civil Society Organizations expect the 2018 budget to be pinned on the 7th National Development Plan.
Speaking after a consortium of Civil Societies gave their expectation on the 2018 National Budget, Civil Society for Poverty Reduction (CSPR) Executive Director Patrick Nshindano disclosed that the 2018 budget needs to focus on the country’s 7th National Development Plan which was launched by the President Edgar Lungu on 21st June 2017.
Mr. Nshindano says the money allocation to the budget in 2018 should comply with the finances that the country is able to run with.
He said participation from the public is cardinal for any developing country, saying it brings about positive checks and balances to the government.
He was however, quick to say that what deters the public in participating in national affairs is lack of information from the relevant authorities.
And CUTS Country Coordinator Chenai Mukumba, said in a separate interview that implementation of some projects should be done next year.
Ms. Chenai said the budget allocation does not need to rise stating that the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) will guide the development of the country’s economy
The organizations present included Jesuit centre for theological reflection (JCTR), Zambia nation coalition, Caritas amongst others.