Government has set the 21st of this month as the deadline for all legislators to submit the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) returns to improve transparency in the handling of public funds.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs, Ms Virginia Mabhiza said 163 legislators have already submitted their cash returns with 47 constituencies yet to forward their submissions.
Ms Mabiza said those who fail to meet the deadline will risk losing financial allocations for this year as well as facing imprisonment on charges of corruption and breaching the treasury regulations.
Legislators are expected to account for the US$50 000 allocated when the CDF was introduced last year.Â
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs will tomorrow conclude the CDF capacity building programme aimed at equipping legislators with an in-depth appreciation of how to handle public funds.