‘Useless’ CDF guidelines anger MPs


By Nation Reporter

DEPUTY Speaker of the National Assembly Mukondo Lungu has described as “useless” the guidelines for the management and utilization of the Constituency Development Funds (CDF) submitted to Parliament by the Minister of Local Government and Housing Stephen Kampyongo.  

And Kawambwa PF Member of Parliament Nickson Chilangwa described the document as ‘‘useless as the people who drafted it’’.

MMD Kasenengwa Member of Parliament Victoria Kalima said the document was rubbish.

The Ministry of Local Government and Housing has drafted a document which provides for guidelines for the management and utilization of the CDF.

Yesterday, the guidelines were presented for discussion to all Members of Parliament on voluntary basis but it was, however, rejected after the MPs discovered that the document presented was the same as the one that Mr Kampyongo had presented on the floor of the House during the previous session.

MPs who attended the meeting walked out after discovering that the document presented by the ministry had not been amended as advised by Parliament.

The aggrieved MPs said they were not consulted when the document was drafted by the Ministry of Local Government.

The Deputy Speaker however pleaded with MPs to come back for the meeting as they were all walking toward the exit door led by Choma Central Member of Parliament Cornelius Mweetwa.

“This is the gravest mistake you have made to present this document. This is a useless document,” Mr Lungu told Mr Kampyongo.

The Deputy Speaker however encouraged officers who had come for the meeting to consider withdrawing the document because MPs and councillors who were the custodians of CDF were not consulted.

Mr Lungu said for the past 12 years that he had been a Member of Parliament for Lundazi constituency he had never seen such a document.

Earlier, the visibly annoyed Mr Chilangwa said the document was as useless as the people who drafted it and warned the ministry to stop treating MPs as if they were stupid by bringing a useless document for discussion.

And Mr Mweetwa said there was no way MPs would start discussing a document which they were not part of when it was drafted.

The Choma lawmaker proposed that all the MPs should walk out of the meeting because the document was baseless.

Immediately after Mr Mweetwa suggested that MPs walk out of the meeting his Kasenengwa counterpart seconded him as the rest of the MPs agreed and started walking out of the House.

Before they could reach the exit door, Mr Lungu called them back but still the meeting did not even last for more than 30 minutes.

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