Muchinga PS demands accountability in use of public resources

By Staff Reporter

 

Muchinga Province Permanent Secretary Joyce Nsamba has called for accountability in the utilization of resources in various government departments.

 

Nsamba said government mobilised resources from taxes as well as international sources for use in the development of the nation on specific programmes, stressing the need and desire to have such resources used appropriately.

 

Speaking during a USAID Accountable Governance for Improved Service delivery (AGIS) workshop in Chinsali yesterday, Nsamba said officers must be able to respond clearly how funds were serving the lives of people.

 

“Government has raised concerns over the many audit queries arising from the Auditor General’s report. There is more work to do in tracking the limited resources to ensure that they reach the frontliners of public service delivery. Government is working towards having a business environment and systems that are not tolerant to vices of corruption, bribery, theft and abuse of office,” said Nsamba.

 

She mentioned that government needed the support of cooperating partners to achieve the initiative that would help push the developmental agenda forward.

 

And USAID Decentralisation Advisor Martin Phiri said the organisation was coming up with a pilot project in 4 provinces, Muchinga inclusive, in order to help address problems concerning audit queries, especially in areas of audit and procurement.

 

“In Muchinga, the USAID AGIS project will be working with health and education departments in Chinsali and Mafinga, in Eastern Province, it is Chipata and Petauke while in Lusaka province, it is Lusaka and Kafue,” Phiri said.  “The main aim of the project is also to help enhance service delivery at all levels in order to improve accountability”.

 

Project activities are implemented in line with the 7th National Development Plan (NDP ) 2016 -2021, the Zambia Education Sector National Implementation Framework 2011 -2013 and the Zambia National Health Strategic Plan 2017 -2021.