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DIGITALISATION GOBBLES OVER K3BN UNDER PUBLIC ORDER, SAFETY

Zambian riot police officers patrol in the streets of Lusaka, on January 15, 2018, during march of Zambian traders and vendors to protest over a ban on street commerce aimed at curbing a deadly cholera outbreak. - Police in Zambia's capital Lusaka fired tear gas at angry traders marching to the president's office. The 500-strong crowd was trying to deliver a petition to President Edgar Lungu who has become the public face of the campaign against the outbreak that has claimed at least 70 lives since September. Authorities have banned several street markets in Lusaka in an effort to reduce the volume of food and drink sold in unsanitary open-air locations, which are particularly vulnerable to the spread of cholera. (Photo by DAWOOD SALIM / AFP)

UP to K3.1 billion will modernise and digitalise systems in the public order and safety sector in 2021, Minister of Finance Bwalya Ng’andu has said.

Dr Ng’andu made the announcement when he presented the 2021 national budget to Parliament on September 25, 2020.

“Mr Speaker, I propose an allocation of K3.1 billion to public order and safety. Key interventions under this allocation will include modernisation and digitalisation of systems and construction and rehabilitation of infrastructure,” the Finance Minister revealed.

Public order and safety ensures the internal security of the country by protecting people and property against crime (police protection), ensuring public order and resolution of crises and natural disasters (natural disaster protection), courts, prosecutors, prison administration and operation.

Ensuring security, public order, and safety is among the foundations in attaining the goals and strategies laid out in the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022

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