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.
Today teachers across the country celebrate world teacher’s day. As a political Party we hold a belief that teachers play a very important role in defining an individual, a family, a community and indeed a country. This can be exemplified from the hard work that they put in despite the harsh working environment that our teachers are subjected to.
On behalf of the United Party for National Development, I would like to pay glowing tribute to the teachers across Zambia for their sacrifices and hard work despite the poor working conditions . It is our view that education is the best economic policy thus teachers are the back bone of national development.