19 March 2010

Zambia: Govt Stakes K192 Billion for IFMIS Implementation

THE Government expects to spend K192 billion on implementing the integrated financial management and information system (IFMIS).

Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday evening, Finance and National Planning Deputy Minister Chileshe Kapwepwe said the Government would fully implement the IFIMS in all the 48 ministries and spending agencies by December next year.

She was responding to a question from Chipili Member of Parliament Davies Mwila (PF), who wanted to know when the Government would implement the IFMIS and the cause of the delay in implementing the project.

Mr Mwila also wanted to know how much would be spent on implementing the project and the source of funding.

Information and Broadcasting Services Deputy Minister Angela Cifire told the House that Gateway Television (GTV) shareholders in Zambia would look into the fate of the subscribers who were abandoned as a result of the firm's closure.

Ms Cifire said GTV was a private institution that stopped operation after the partners could not sustain the firm.

She said this when she responded to a question from Kantanshi MP Yamfwa Mukanga (PF) who wanted to know the fate of the subscribers and the measures put in place to ensure that subscribers were protected from such treatment in future.

Ms Cifire said that the Government would be reviewing the operations of private institutions to protect subscribers from such treatment.

She said that the concerns would be addressed when the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) was in place.

Works and Supply Minister Mike Mulongoti said the construction of a fly-over bridge on Kafue Road, between Misisi and John Laing townships in Lusaka, would cost K6 billion and would have durable features.

Mr Mulongoti was responding to a question from Moomba MP Vitalis Mooya (UPND) who wanted to know why it was costing the Government such a colossal amount of money to erect the bridge.

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