By Kenson McCloud
The NGO Coalition on Child Rights has emphasized on the need for the national budget to respond to the needs of the children who constitute a large percentage of the population.
The remarks comes after the Minister of Finance, Felix Mlusu presented the 2021/2022 budget statement in Parliament last Friday.
Speaking to Timveni, the organization’s Chairperson Desmond Mhango said, "The coalition has started review meetings to assess how the intended budget has addressed critical issues affecting children in the country."
Mhango cited education, child protection, and early child development as some critical areas under scrutiny.
In his budget statement presentation, Mlusu said apart from wages, the education sector has been given a larger share amounting to K327 Billion.
Government has also allocated over K11 Billion towards Community Based Care Centres.
Meanwhile, Mhango said child rights stakeholders will be engaging committees of Parliament on their findings and aspirations.