So­cial Cash Trans­fer will suc­ceed, as­sures Wina

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GOV­ERN­MENT re­mains com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing the suc­cess of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the so­cial cash trans­fer pro­gramme, says Vice Pres­i­dent Inonge Wina. Ms Wina said this yes­ter­day in Par­lia­ment when she de­liv­ered a min­is­te­rial state­ment on the al­leged mis­use and mis­ap­pli­ca­tion of the so­cial cash trans­fer funds. "On be­half of the PF Gov­ern­ment led by Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu and in­deed on my own be­half, i would like to re­it­er­ate Gov­ern­ment's com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing the suc­cess of its so­cial pro­tec­tion pro­grammes," Ms Wina said. Ms Wina said that to­wards the end of 2017 fol­low­ing com­plaints from ben­e­fi­cia­ries and ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties high­lighted in the in­ter­nal au­di­tors re­port at the Min­istry of Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment about the im­ple­men­ta­tion of so­cial cash trans­fer, a team of au­di­tors from the Of­fice of the con­troller of in­ter­nal au­dit was con­sti­tuted to carry out a coun­try wide au­dit. She said to fur­ther ad­dress the is­sues sur­round­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of so­cial cash trans­fer pro­gramme, a num­ber of meet­ings were held at Cabi­net Of­fice on the 6th, 13th and 14th June 2018. Ms Wina said fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion to with­hold funds, a meet­ing was held on Septem­ber 5, at Cabi­net of­fice with co­op­er­at­ing part­ners at which Gov­ern­ment as­sured them it was do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to safe­guard the pub­lic re­sources. She said that a spe­cial com­mit­tee that was set up to look into the so­cial cash trans­fer ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties sat for 17 days at which 56 of­fi­cers among them two per­ma­nent sec­re­taries, six di­rec­tors and eight for­mer di­rec­tors were in­ter­viewed. It was gen­er­ally ob­served that most of the is­sues that caused the un­suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of con­tract be­tween Zam­post and the Min­istry were mainly due to poor hu­man in­ter­ac­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and gen­eral dis­re­gard for laid down Gov­ern­ment pro­ce­dures. "Gov­ern­ment deeply re­grets the al­leged mal­prac­tice in the ad­min­is­tra­tion of so­cial cash trans­fer funds meant for the vul­ner­a­ble. "I wish to as­sure the gen­eral pub­lic through this House, the co­op­er­at­ing part­ners that ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion will be taken on who­ever will be found want­ing," the vice Pres­i­dent said. Ma­p­a­tizya UPND mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Clive Miyanda asked Ms Wina where the funds were be­tween Jan­uary and Au­gust 2018 when the vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple were not paid? And UPND Katuba MP Pa­tri­cia Mwach­ing­wele asked the Vice Pres­i­dent where the 2.7 mil­lion pounds that was re­funded to Bri­tain's DFID came from? In re­sponse Ms Wina said the funds were in the bank ac­count. She clar­i­fied that the so­cial cash trans­fer pro­gramme is 70 per­cent funded by Gov­ern­ment and 30 per­cent by co­op­er­at­ing part­ners. She said some co­op­er­at­ing part­ners have shown will­ing­ness to con­tinue part­ner­ing with Gov­ern­ment to fund the pro­gramme.

On be­half of the PF Gov­ern­ment led by Pres­i­dent Edgar Lungu and in­deed on my own be­half, i would like to re­it­er­ate Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing the suc­cess of its so­cial pro­tec­tion pro­grammes,” — Ms Wina.

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