By Chileshe Mwango
A consortium of Civil Society Organizations on decentralization has expressed concern with the slow pace at which Constituency Development Fund -CDF-is being disbursed to councils.
CSO Decentralization Alliance Network Interim National Coordinator George Chimembe is also concerned with the new narrative by Local Government Minister Garry Nkombo that CDF will be disbursed in phases and on the approval of projects by the minister.
In an interview, Mr. Chimembe has wondered how many projects the minister will approve in the 116 districts of the country and is concerned that this may delay a lot of projects.
He has observed that such a trend risks the country not achieving the desired results adding that in the spirit of decentralization, the approving of projects under CDF should have been left to the provincial local government officer.
Government has increased the constituency development fund from K1.6 Million to K25.7 Million per constituency but disbursement of the fund is said to be slow.