Lusaka, 03 June, 2023 / 9:05 pm (ACI Africa).
Officials of the Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection (JCTR) in Zambia are warning of a “seemingly increasing political interference” in the handling of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) in the Southern African nation.
In a statement published Wednesday, May 31, JCTR officials warn that “if left unchecked”, the nature of the political interference in the CDF, the revenue availed to Members of Parliament (MPs) to implement specific development projects in the localities they represent, can negatively affect its impact on beneficiaries and how the resources are accounted for.
“JCTR is deeply concerned about the possible negative effects of political interference in the implementation of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) in Zambia if left unchecked. JCTR has noted with concern the seemingly increasing political interference in the CDF processes,” the statement dated Monday, May 29 indicates.
The Jesuit scholars say the presence of an MP and five other members of the CDF Committee nominated by lawmakers amounts to political interference as the parliamentarians can easily influence the committee’s decisions.
Officials of the Lusaka-based Institute that is engaged in research, advocacy, education, and consultancy on social issues also decry the proposal to involve District Commissioners (DC) in the management of CDF.