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Mthuli increases CDF to ZW$175K

By Daniel Chigundu

Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda has revealed that the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) has been increased to about ZW$175 238 per constituency.

Legislators had complained during the Supplementary Budget debate that what had been previously allocated to them in the initial 2019 budget had been eroded by inflation and changes in the currency before they could use it.

Since the 2019 budget, the government changed the exchange rates from the initial 1:1 and then went on to discard the multi-currency regime adopting the Bond Notes (Zimdollar) as the only legal tender in the country.

However, making announcements in the House, Honourable Mudenda said the allocations have been increased and that legislators should submit projects in line with the new figures.

“…I have to inform the House that following the presentation of the 2019 Mid-Year Budget Review and Supplementary Budget by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development on Thursday, 1st August 2019.

“Honourable Members are advised that the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) allocation for 2019 has been reviewed upwards from ZWL$80 000.00…..  It has been reviewed upwards to ZWL $175 238.00 per constituency.

“Members are therefore advised to submit projects for funding amounting to ZWL $175 238.00,” he said.

The increase in the CDF fund takes the total allocation for the 210 legislators to about ZW$36 799 980 and comes at a time when the government is failing to buy essential drugs and other amenities needed by hospitals for them to effectively function.

In a recent interview, Kadoma Central legislator Muchineripi Chinyanganya said he was forced to change the initial project he had earmarked the funds for due to loss in value and ended up buying building material for schools in his constituency.

Legislators had also wanted the fund to be pegged using the interbank rate arguing that by the time the money is disbursed it would have lost value and won’t be able to fund the projects that would have been proposed.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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