35 out of 97 returning Members of Parliament risk failing to access the Constituency Development Fund after it emerged that they failed to account for the previous disbursement of $50 000.
This was said by Acting Speaker of the National Assembly William Mutomba in the chamber last week while standing in for Speaker Advocate Jacob Mudenda. Said Mutomba:
I wish to inform the House that in terms of Article 14 of the Constituency Development Fund Constitution as read together with Article 18 of the Accounting Officers’ manual, the Constituency Development Committees are required to submit their returns to Parliament on a quarterly basis. To date, only 62 out of 97 Members of Parliament who retained their seats have so far submitted or partially submitted their returns. Consequently, all returning Members of Parliament who have not submitted their returns will not access funding for 2018 until they comply with provisions of the CDF Constitution and the Accounting Officers’ Manual. The CDF allocation for 2018 is now ready for disbursement.