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.