advocate eric matinenga 23-03-11.jpgHouse of Assembly Members, who have failed to provide audited reports of the 2010 Constituency Development Fund (CDF), will not receive any government allocation this year until they produce such reports in a move expected to ensure accountability in the handling of such funds.

The government’s decision, which is expected to harness and protect tax-payers funds from abuse, comes against a backdrop of various cases of embezzlement of such funds by a number of legislators who have failed to account how the money was used in their constituencies.

The Minister of Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs, Advocate Eric Matinenga said of the over 200 legislators in the House of Assembly, only 60 have provided audited reports of the funds, saying these are the only eligible for the next batch of such funds once it is made available.

The Constituency Development Fund has been received with so many expectations by the electorate but some legislators have been accused of disbursing such funds along partisan lines while others have been accused of enriching their pockets, prompting observers to call for the disbursement of such money through local leadership.