Lusaka City Council (LCC) has approved a budget of K372.3 million for the year 2016 which represents an increase of 16 percent compared to this year’s national budget.
Speaking during a special council meeting, LCC finance and general purposes committee chairperson Crispin Kabole disclosed that K275 million would be raised internally while K91.3 million would be Government support. And Mr. Kabole disclosed that K139 million had been allocated towards service provision, representing 51 percent of the total budget. ‘’Service provision has been allocated K139 million, representing 51 percent of the total council budget as per guidelines and is inclusive of the Ward Development Fund (K11.3 million),’’ he said. Meanwhile, Mr Kabole urged the councillors and staff to put personal interest aside and work towards improving service delivery for Lusaka residents.
“’The members of this council need to put personal interest aside and put that which is expected of us first; we need to be as objective and transparent as possible in order to service our community, ’’he said.
And raising the motion, Kabwata ward six councillor Kunkuli Mbalazi called on the council to increase human resource in the engineering department.
Mr Mbalazi stated that the council was facing manpower challenges in the engineer department. And in response Lusaka Mayor George Nyendwa promised to deal with the matter.