Parliament Sitting Extended to Accommodate New Mid-year Budget StatementThe current sitting of parliament is likely to go beyond next week, Leader of Government’s Business Henry Phoya has announced.
This, according to Phoya, is to accommodate the new version of the Mid-year Budget, following a dramatic withdraw of the original copy by Finance Minister Ken Lipenga on Thursday.
“The process of scrutinizing budget is very important, not only to parliament, but to the entire nation, so if it becomes necessary, we will seek an extension,” said Phoya on Friday.
Speaking at an impromptu press briefing last night, Lipenga said he plans to present the statement embracing new figures next week.
He said financial experts at his ministry are working around the clock to finalise revising the figures and prepare new budget document to enable him present it in parliament next week.
The dramatic withdraw of the budget statement plunged parliament into chaos, with the opposition suspecting foul plays.