THE Government should remain constant in sustaining the flow of allocated resources to social sectors such as education, health and water and sanitation, says Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) media and information officer Mwiinga Shimilimo.
Ms Shimilimo said JCTR was pleased with Government’s announcement that it has commenced implementation of the 2015 approved Budget.
“We as JCTR endeavoring to promote social justice in Zambia are elated that this process has commenced and we accordingly commend government.
“However, we appeal to the Government to keep its tabs on regarding any funding gaps that may emerge in the execution of the 2015 Budget.
The Government through the Secretary to the Treasury announced on 4th January 2014 that it has commenced implementation of the 2015 Budget effective 1st January 2015. On the inauguration of the Treasury Single Account [TSA] system, which was in pilot phase, Ms Shimilimo said it was the hope of JCTR that by the time of eventual full roll-out of the system all key pre-requisite and initial undertakings for the success of the system will have been reasonably considered to thwart any future stalling of such a robust system.
“While we appreciate that the system will make it easy to identify idle and redundant balances and also be handy in giving a real time consolidated position of Government balances,
“We are also alive to the reality that the system may dilute essential social sector spending against politically inclined expenditures,” she said
She said with the knowledge of hindsight, social sector spending had often been sacrificed amid other competing demands that were politically expedient.
“We therefore ask that at the time of full roll-out of the TSA, social sector allocations will have been ring-fenced,” she said
It was also JCTR prayer that the system would not add any delays in releasing of funds through bureaucratic approvals that went with such a system.