By Patricia Male

Transparency international Zambia –TIZ- has described the 2022 national budget availed by finance minister Situmbeko Musokotwane as ambitious.

And TIZ Executive Director Maurice Nyambe says it takes note of the increase in constituency development fund –CDF- from K1.6 million to K25.7 million in the 2022 budget which it says will be monitored closely.

Mr. Nyambe is of the view that the proposed increased allocation in CDF entails that the development agenda has been taken at the local level.

He has however appealed to civil society organizations to begin to think strategically and put in place intervention mechanisms that seek better accountability and public finance management at local level because such resources risk being exposed to corruption and mismanagement.

Meanwhile, the national action for quality education in Zambia –NAQEZ- says the latest announcement by the minister of finance Situmbeko Musokotwane that government will recruit 30,000 teachers in 2022 is historical, unprecedented and exciting.

Government in the 2022 national budget has announced that it will recruit 30,000 teachers.

Reacting to this announcement, NAQEZ Executive Director Aaron Chansa says his organization finds this governmental action very important, progressive and commendable and goes to show the value the president and his administration attaches to education.

Mr. Chansa notes that having 30,000 new teachers next year will undoubtedly go great miles in healing the acute shortages of teachers in schools, especially in rural schools.

Finance minister Situmbeko Musokotwane yesterday presented an ambitious k173 billion 2022 national budget which is 37 percent of the gross domestic product.

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