With the Patriotic Front(PF) starting its second year in government, it is surprising that the confusion that has characterized its government has continued. This confusion has manifested itself in the unwarranted attack on United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema by a civil servant, In’utu Suba, Permanent Secretary Special Duties at Cabinet Office.
Ms Suba, who is a senior civil servant is quoted in the Post Newspaper of 21st October, 2012, as claiming that Mr Hichilema will boycott Independence Day Celebrations this week, for selfish reasons. According to Ms Suba, these celebrations are a national event and invitations were sent to all political party leaders.
19TH OCTOBER, 2012
1.0 General Overview
1.1 The UPND recognizes that the Patriotic Front Government is responsible for the 2013 Zambian budget framing and implementation. Irrespective of the party in government, the budget, as an important tool for generating public revenue and directing expenditure priorities, affects in many ways citizens, residents and others who do business in or relate with Zambia.
1.2 Our summary comments on the 2013 budget are presented below.
1.3 Many people were looking forward to the second national budget presented by the PF Government. The PF made a lot of election promises which many people expected would be fulfilled through the 2013 national budget. The overall picture emerging from the budget presented by Finance Minister, Mr. Alexander Chikwanda is that the budget did not address a number of key concerns of the Zambian people and has to a large extent failed to depart from the past in approach, content and value add to the quality of Zambian lives.