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Decentralized Process for CDF Approval

The province Local Government Officers are in charge of approving Constituency Development Fund (CDF) applications, and they work under the direction of the provincial permanent secretaries.

This is being done, according to NICHOLAS PHIRI, Permanent Secretary for Technical Services at the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, in an effort to reduce red tape associated with the approval of CDF projects across the nation.

Mr. PHIRI stated that the development is being made in an effort to increase efficiency and achieve efficacy in the implementation of the CDF in 2023 while speaking at a joint media briefing in Lusaka today.

The Attorney General’s Chamber is also opening offices in each province to evaluate all contracts in which the ggovernment has a stake, including CDF contracts, according to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, THANDIWE DAKA.


Mumba Chanda, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Finance Accountant General Office, stated that the government has hired financial organizations to oversee the lending portion of the CDF.


The financial institutions have the ability to screen and identify submissions of feasible business plans, according to Mr. Chanda.

Justin Matimuna, Director for Research and Capacity Development at the Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA), further stated that the authority will be obliged to design and submit plans on how it wants to carry out the procurement under CDF.

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