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1st Committee Report - Estimates2009

1st Committee Report - Estimates2009

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Published by Zambian-Economist
First report of the Committee on Estimates for the fourth session of the tenth national assembly appointed on 23rd September, 2009.
First report of the Committee on Estimates for the fourth session of the tenth national assembly appointed on 23rd September, 2009.

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FIRST REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ESTIMATES FOR THE FOURTHSESSION OF THE TENTH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY APPOINTED ON 23
RD
 SEPTEMBER, 2009
Consisting of:
Mr H H Hamududu, MP (Chairperson); Mr E M Hachipuka, MP; Mr S Chisanga, MP; Mr J P LMulenga, MP; Mr A M Nyirenda, MP; Mrs S T Masebo, MP; Mrs E K Chitika-Molobeka, MP;Mr E M Sing’ombe, MP; and Mr G Lubinda, MP.THE HONOURABLE MR SPEAKERNATIONAL ASSEMBLYPARLIAMENT BUILDINGSLUSAKASir, following the guidance that your Committee should table the Report of the previousCommittee for the Third Session of the Tenth National Assembly, your Committee studied theReport in detail and, on Thursday, 8
th
October, 2009, adopted it.Your Committee, Mr Speaker, now have the honour
 
to present the Report.H H Hamududu, MP October, 2009
CHAIRPERSON LUSAKA
 
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REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON ESTIMATES FOR THE THIRD SESSION OFTHE TENTH NATIONAL ASSEMBLY APPOINTED ON 21
ST
JANUARY, 2009
Consisting of:
Mr B Imenda, MP (Chairperson); Mr J P L Mulenga, MP; Mr E M Hachipuka, MP; Mr H HHamududu, MP; Ms J Kapata, MP; Mr S Chisanga, MP; Mr E M Sing’ombe, MP; and Mr A MNyirenda, MP.The Honourable Mr SpeakerNational AssemblyParliament BuildingsLusakaYour Committee now have the honour
 
to present the Report on their deliberations.
Functions of the Committee
2. The functions of your Committee are as follows:(a)
 
to examine the estimates and Excess Expenditure Appropriation Bill;(b)
 
to report on the economies, improvement in organisation, efficiency oradministrative reform, consistent with the policy underlying the estimates,examine whether the money is well laid out within the limits of the policyimplied in the estimates;(c)
 
to suggest alternative policies in order to bring about efficiency and economy inadministration;(d)
 
to carry out regular examination and scrutiny on budgets, estimates andmanagement thereof, and conduct budget hearings; and(e)
 
to make recommendations in a report to the House for consideration andimplementation in future budget estimates.
Meetings of the Committee
3.
 
Your Committee held fifteen meetings during the year under review to considersubmissions from various relevant stakeholders, including four Permanent Secretariesand the Secretary to the Treasury in the Ministry of Finance and National Planning.4.
 
Programme of Work
Your Committee adopted the following Programme of Work during the year under review:(a)
 
consideration of Action-Taken Report;(b)
 
consideration of budget estimates and budget legislation; for the financial year 1
st
 January to 31
st
December, 2009;
 
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(c)
 
consideration of the budgetary performance of the Ministry of Local Government andHousing for 2007 and 2008;(d)
 
consideration of the measures in place to broaden the tax base and enhance thecontribution of non-tax revenue to national income; and(e)
 
tours to selected local authorities and revenue collection centres.
Procedure Adopted by the Committee
5. During their deliberations, your Committee considered both written and oral evidencepertaining to the budgetary performance of the Ministry of Local Government and Housing andselected local authorities for the years 2007 and 2008. The local authorities selected for yourCommittee’s study were: Kitwe City Council, Livingstone City Council, Nakonde DistrictCouncil and Mpulungu District Council. Your Committee also received both written and oralsubmissions related to possible measures that could be taken in order to broaden the tax base andenhance the contribution of non-tax revenue to national income. Further, your Committee alsoundertook tours of projects of the selected local authorities during the period under review, aswell as to selected revenue collection centres.
Organisation of the Committee’s Report
6. Your Committee’s report is arranged in four parts: Part A outlines the findings,observations and recommendations of your Committee with regard to the review of the budgetaryperformance of the Ministry of Local Government and Housing and selected local authorities;Part B enumerates the findings and recommendations of your Committee on possible measuresthat could be taken to broaden the tax base and enhance the contribution of non-tax revenue tonational income; Part C outlines the findings of your Committee arising from their local tours;and Part D contains the observations and recommendations of your Committee with regard tooutstanding matters from the Action-Taken Report on your previous Committee’s report for2008.
PART A: REVIEW OF THE BUDGETARY PERFORMANCE OF THE MINISTRY OFLOCAL GOVERNMENT AND HOUSING AND SELECTED LOCAL AUTHORITIESFOR THE YEARS 2007 AND 2008
7. Your Committee recognised the fact that local government was a crucial sphere of thenational governance structure, one which impacted directly on the life of every citizen throughthe provision of critical services, such as solid waste management, firefighting services,environmental health services, community development services, local roads, drainage, streetlights, amenities such as markets, bus stops, parks and gardens and in some cases water andsanitation, as provided by the
 Local Government Act,
Cap 281 of the Laws of Zambia
 
and otherrelevant legislation. There was no doubt that central government covered a wide range of national policy issues in the civil sphere as its functions were largely those of guidance,regulation and control, but in the social sphere, service provision was left mainly to otheragencies, namely, industry, commerce, public corporations and local government institutions. Inother words, the local government system was an integral part of the Zambian governancestructure. In short, your Committee noted that under the
 Local Government Act 
, local authoritieswere public bodies that had a multiplicity of duties impacting on the whole social and economicfabric of the Zambian society. Accordingly, improved provision of services by the localauthorities could provide an impetus to Zambia’s development efforts.

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