NGOCC Shocked by First Lady’s K1.4 Billion Budget

The Non-Governmental Organisation Coordinating Council (NGOCC) says it is shocked by parliament’s decision to allocate K1.4 billion to the non-existent office of the first lady in the 2013 national budget.

NGOCC board chairperson Beatrice Grillo said the Council was alarmed at Parliament’s decision to approve a budget allocation of K1.5 billion to the first lady’s office which was not a constitutional office.

She said Parliament should have guided President Sata over the allocation to the office of the first lady.

“Furthermore, we have been prompted to question where the Executive derived the authority to institute such an allocation to an office which is unconstitutional. As a women’s movement, we believe in transparency and accountability for good governance,” Grillo said. “Therefore, we urge the government to uphold tenets of good governance in the allocation and management of all public resources.”

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