The Department of Community Development owes workers about 1.2 million Kwacha in unsettled repatriation and settling in allowances.

The Department of Community Development in Eastern Province has an outstanding debt of about 1.2 million Kwacha in unsettled repatriation and settling in allowances.
Provincial Community Development Officer, Banarbas Musonda disclosed this during Budget Tracking Programme on Breeze FM this morning.
Mr. Musonda says that under the 2013 budget, government allocated 257 Kwacha to offset the debt but only 60 thousand Kwacha has been released.
And Mr. Musonda says that government this year allocated 320 thousand Kwacha for rehabilitation of Katete Skills Training Centre and that 120 thousand has been released.
He however, expressed concern that the rehabilitation works, which are supposed to be completed by the end of this year are running behind schedule because of a few challenges with the contractor.
And speaking during the same programme, Senior Community Development Officer, Charles Mumba says that the department has faced challenges in recovering loans under the Village Bank Micro-Finance facility Project.
Mr. Mumba also hoped that government would soon change the system of funding the department, which is currently under the provincial administration.
He explained that funding is erratic because the provincial administration is committed to so many departments and that there is need for the department to be funded directly by the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health headquarters in Lusaka

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