Zambia Reports (Lusaka)

9 August 2014

Zambia: Rufunsa Cries for Rufunsa Over K1.3 Million Stolen CDF

RUFUNSA member of Parliament (MP) Kenneth Chipungu has demanded that the Ministry of Local Government and Housing sources the K1.3 million Constituency Development Fund (CDF) which has allegedly been stolen by some officers at the ministry.

Chipungu said yesterday the K1.3 million 2013 CDF allocation was meant for buying a water drilling machine for the constituency.

He said it is not fair that a few individuals should cause the suffering of many people in his constituency.

"It is very unfortunate that it has to be our money that was misappropriated and we have to suffer the setback," he said.

Chipungu said water in Rufunsa is a challenge and it was agreed that a drilling machine be purchased to arrest the situation.

"There are no rivers in Rufunsa and hence the water table is very low and we thought the purchase of the machine will help us address the water problem," Chipungu said.

He said when he discovered that the money was not in the constituency account, he made a follow-up with the ministry and he was told that the money had been misappropriated.

Chipungu said Minister of Local Government and Housing Emmanuel Chenda assured him that money would be given to the constituency once it gets funding.

He said law enforcers must also ensure that all perpetrators in this matter are brought to book.

Government has suspended seven officers at the Ministry of Local Government and Housing for allegedly fraudulently withdrawing and diverting K3.3 million public funds.

Of the K3.3 million, K1.3 million was allegedly withdrawn from the Constituency Development Fund account for Rufunsa District Council while K2 million is from the Ministry of Local Government and Housing account.

Source: Zambia Daily Mail

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