23 November 2012

Zambia: First Lady Clarifies K1.5 Billion Allocation

FIRST Lady Christine Kaseba says the K1.5 billion budgetary allocation to her office is not meant for her salary but for operations.

Dr Kaseba said the money was for support members of staff, who needed to be paid salaries while other logistics also required money from the same allocation.

She explained to journalists on Wednesday in Kitwe that initially, she operated using funds under the President's office but was grateful that Government had decided to allocate some funds to her office to enhance transparency.

Recently, Parliament approved K1.5 billion allocation for the office of the First Lady.

The First Lady said the funds would enhance transparency and accountability in the administration and support services to the office of the First Lady.

"The budget allocation is meant for members of staff who need to be paid salaries and also for fuel for the vehicles that we use. It's not meant for my salary and we are thankful that Government has recognised us," she said.

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