By Jecina Chikwelete 

Parliament has on Tuesday passed the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Bill which seeks to repeal the PPP Act.

The Bill also seeks to ensure efficient delivery of public goods and services in order to achieve sustainable economic growth and social development.

Presenting a report on the Bill, Chairperson of a Joint Committee on Industry, Trade, Tourism, Legal Affairs and Budget, Gladys Ganda said the PPP Act has been repealed because it had various gray areas that needed to be addressed.

According to Ganda, the challenges mostly affected the efficiency and effectiveness of operations. 

Ganda also mentioned that the Act was not clear on who is supposed to fund the Public Private Partnership Commission, but now there is a recommendation that the commission should get an allocation from the National Budget.

Responding to the passing of the Bill, Democratic Progressive Party spokesperson on legal affairs Bright Msaka said it is sad that the Bill has been passed without considering certain amendments.

According to Msaka, the Bill will create more room for corruption and this will frustrate efforts of ensuring transparency and accountability.

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