PF to present a K32.2 trillion budget without cabinet approval

The PF regime will this (Friday) afternoon present the the 2013 budget without the usual cabinet meeting and approval.

Sources have told the Watchdog that the budget speech was drawn and written by technocrats and merely handed over to whoever will carry it to parliament to read it without scrutiny and approval by a cabinet meeting.

President Michael Sata is currently out of the country and is not aware of the contents of what is being referred to as the very first PF budget, which he should have presided over and approved before presentation to parliament.

Ceremonial Vice-President Guy Scott was yesterday in Mufumbwe for bye-elections nominations while most of the cabinet ministers will also learn of the contents of the budget this afternoon, a source said.

With a few hours before parliament sits to listen to the budget this afternoon, a senior government leader said it is still not clear who will read papers because Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda is Acting President and has not been attending parliament since President Sata left for Japan early this week.

According to the sources, the budget was compiled by a few technocrats under the supervision of Sata’s brother-in-marriage, Fredson Yamba who is Secretary to the Treasury.

According to the source, some after thoughts in the budget were only inserted last night without the knowledge and approval from the president and cabinet ministers.

Those who have worked in previous administration have told the Watchdog that weeks preceding budget preparation and presentation is the most strenuous for the president and his ministers as it calls for regular meetings and stakeholders consultations, sometimes till late hours before approval.

Two weeks ago when opening parliament, President Sata kept on skipping some pages he did not agree with on the floor of the house.

Particularly, the president completely omitted the pages on land issues and ordered the Minister of Lands to instead go with a ministerial statement to parliament as he did not have sufficient details.

In the past, some cabinet ministers and PF party officials have complained of lack of meetings and consultations on many issues.

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109 Responses to "PF to present a K32.2 trillion budget without cabinet approval"

  1. Suntwe  October 13, 2012 at 21:43

    Maaama! Lets leave it to specialists themselves. However, I agree with Magande that the budget lacked attempts to innovations and technology. If revenue and tax collections remain in its current manualised syatem, then I do not see any competitive advantage. Reversing of the current education system to the old system of secondary or even forms and investing in that reversal intentions, will not answer today’s challenges. Lets us hear of compulsory computer lessons or atleast a computer and assembling plant initiatives.

    Anyway, with tired guys, what does one espect!

  2. The Fixer  October 13, 2012 at 09:46

    @moses tembo, first of all, you say that ‘iam not bemba but tonga’. Then suddenly you say the tongas own and shit on this site. This is contradictory with known human behaviour. If you are tonga, how can you be the first one to say that tongas own and shit on this site? In any case, if people shit on this site, what are you doing on a site full of shit? Unless the shit is sweet, your comments are completely misplaced. Find something better to do!

  3. mike  October 13, 2012 at 08:13

    Chikwanda was reading something alien.he lacked confidence.

  4. BAFANA BAFANA  October 13, 2012 at 07:53


  5. BAFANA BAFANA  October 13, 2012 at 07:51


  6. J.c  October 13, 2012 at 07:12

    How i wish we cud talk football pantu Zambian politics ungafunte,taili straight

  7. "THE SILENT MAJORITY"  October 13, 2012 at 05:46

    The budget was inconsistent with the/our National development plan of which we now seem to not have in place for 2012-2017. The PF govt lack seriousness in what is supposed to be the most important issues in our governance systems. Thats the problem when you have a bloted govt with relatives and freinds of whom have little or no experience of national governance. The simple question is “How do you Budget with no plan”?

  8. blago  October 12, 2012 at 23:32

    I read the budget summary on Lusaka Times and it does not make sense—-because every sensible and smart national budget should begin with a vision statement of the country, and national strategic themes to realize the vision, and then how the national budget fits in.

    I dont see anything close to that in the PF budget. Its not anchored on anything in relation to the bigger picture of where the country is going. Therefore, Its quite a distance from being a sensible and smart budget.

  9. dodo  October 12, 2012 at 21:56

    we wait and see

  10. Eugene  October 12, 2012 at 18:48

    The Budget potrade indeed the PF policy and manufesto.It indeed is a pro poor budget.Did u ever here of decentralisation in MMD??? Just the decentralisation policy speaks volumes about the budget

  11. AK47  October 12, 2012 at 18:42

    Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock;we are recruiting an additional 900 extension officers…………implying we already employed 900 extension officers liers!!!!!!! they advertised one position for a Veterinary Doctor in the post…foolish liers!!!these have failed!!

    • aon  October 13, 2012 at 08:25

      Lol. You are very dull. Recruiting is a continuous process had they said we have recruited then your lunacy would have been justified.

  12. Dk planet  October 12, 2012 at 18:35

    Wonderful baget

  13. Some-Of-Us  October 12, 2012 at 17:52

    Chikwanda seemed to be seeing the text for the first time, going by his poor reading. I’ve seen him do much better when he’s on top of the situation. The few gestures he tried were misplaced and he struggled with the figures. He didn’t notice beforehand that it repeatedly referred to the next five rather than four years. All this tends to confirm the report about its preparation.

  14. Sobenecho  October 12, 2012 at 17:35

    Can any one make me undastand pls? Is K32.2 trillion in rebased kwacha or current kwacha?

    • Octopus Paul Bwalya  October 12, 2012 at 17:40

      K32.2 billion rebased

  15. The Gambino  October 12, 2012 at 17:14


  16. Advocate  October 12, 2012 at 17:07

    My God I listened to the speech. It was not a budget but allocation of funds randomely without plan of action. My God this is tragedy.

    • aon  October 12, 2012 at 17:39

      Presenting the Budget and debating the contents of the budget are two different things. Listens to parliament radio, you’ll start to appreciate the speech you herad.

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