K3.8 billion in commissioners’ pockets so far

K3.8 billion in commissioners’ pockets so far

Sebastian is the biggest beneficiary as he chairs more commissions, paid as minister and nominated MP

Government has revealed that K3.8 billion was spent on the four commissions of inquiry constituted to look into various national issues between 20th September and 30th November, 2011.

The commissions are on the Energy Regulation Board (ERB), Mongu riots and related matters, Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) and the Zambia National Building Society (ZNBS).
The total budget for operations of the four commissions is K16.7 billion and K11.9 has so far been released of which K3.8 has already been spent.
So far, Government has spent K1,155,618,118.07 on the ERB commission of inquiry which has a balance of K2,676,121,881.93 while the commission on Mongu riots has spent K1,783,866,180.25 and has a balance of K1,794,545,999.93.
Government has further spent K315,536,933 on the ZRA commission which has a balance of K2,184,463,067 while the commission on ZNBS has so far spent K593,168,800 and is remaining with K1,406,831,200.
The total balance for the four commissions of inquiry stands at K8,061,962,148.68.
Deputy Minister in the Office of the Vice-President Edgar Lungu said a supplementary budget was requested for to account for the expenditure as the programme came after the approval of the 2011 national budget.
Mr Lungu was answering a question from Chipata Central member of Parliament Reuben Mtolo (MMD) who wanted to know the number of commissions of inquiry that were constituted by President Sata last year.

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