United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema says it is sad that the first National budget under the Patriotic Front (PF) failed to address certain key issues that are meant to benefit the citizens.
Hichilema accused the PF government of failing to heed to calls for an increment in the budgetary allocation of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
He maintained that the CDF should not have been increased from K 720 million to K800 million, but should instead be K5 billion to enable Members of Parliament (MPs) to deliver in their constituencies.
Hichilema also claimed that an increase in CDF will help in the implementation of the decentralization policy and allow devolution to take place in the constituencies.
The UPND Leader advised President Michael Sata’s regime to consider revising the amount allocated as CDF in the budget as failure to do so will result in economic priorities in constituencies remaining a dream never achieved.