Budget Committee Wants Ministry of Gender Fully Funded
Parliament Budget Committee has noted that the institutions of traditional and cultural leaders play a key role in mobilizing communities for development and promoting cohesion for communities to work together but government does not recognize them as to why it gives them little money.
The MPs say that institution of Traditional/cultural leaders act, 2011 accords benefits and privileges to traditional/cultural leaders which include two vehicles (official and support): Honorarium which is tax free, education for two biological children up to University, travel with a spouse by first class at least once a year, rehabilitation of official residences, maintenance of cultural sites among others.
The MPs added that the ministry of gender labour and social development is underfunded and cannot meet the obligations set by the law. The Ministry therefore requires 1.04bshs in the FY 2013/14 budget to cater for other benefits and privileges as provided for in the Institution of Traditional Cultural leaders act, 2011.
The committee however recommended that there is need for a framework for recognition of cultural leaders bearing in mind that nearly all groups of people are setting up institutions ultimately demanding government recognition.
The committee also recommended that government either fully funds the ministry of gender, labour and social development to meet its obligations or amends the law to reduce the benefits imposed by the act.