K200bn pumped into Health Ministry

By Times Reporter

FINANCE and National Planning Deputy Minister Chileshe Kapwepwe has told Parliament that the Government provided K200 billion from domestic revenue to the Ministry of Health to cushion the withdrawal of funding by the donors to the ministry.

And Defence Minister Kalombo Mwansa told the House that the Government would promote a stable and predictable tax regime that would promote growth not only in the mining sector but others as well.

Contributing to the debate on the report of the committee on estimates on Wednesday evening, Ms Kapwepwe told the House that the Government provided the money to mitigate the impact of the donor funding withdrawal.

Donors recently withdrew some funding to the Ministry of Health following revelations of misapplication and misappropriation of funds.

She welcomed the committee’s recommendation for the Government to increase funding to the Ministry of Health.

Earlier debating the motion, Roan Member of Parliament (MP) Chishimba Kambwili (PF) urged the Government to re-introduce the windfall tax.

Sinazongwe MP Raphael Muyanda (UPND) urged the Government to re-introduce the windfall tax, as this would help the Government collect more revenue that could be used for infrastructure development.

But Mines Minister Maxwell Mwale said the Government had to withdraw the windfall tax to make the mining companies more competitive because Zambia was operating in a global market.

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