Cash strapped Malawi govt restricts ministerial travel 

The Malawian government has restricted domestic travel by cabinet ministers to eight trips per month as a cost-cutting measure to support the zero-aid  budget, Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe said Wednesday.

Gondwe: Cost cutting measure

Gondwe: Cost cutting measure

According to Gondwe, the restrictions have been done in the austerity measures  with no budgetary support from donors including Britain, who suspended aid following massive corruption scandal known as the ‘cashgate’.

“The restrictions have been there for some time but this time around will have further reduced the ministers’ internal travels to eight in a month,” Gondwe said.

He said this was an addition to the foreign trips restriction that the government imposed last year, which limited ministers to travel outside the country only three times in a year.

Gondwe said the government intended to take the measures to parliament to lobby lawmakers to also reduce their foreign and domestic travels that are bankrolled by the Treasury.

In October 2014, the government restricted public officers and ministers external travel to only three times in a financial year as a way of saving scarce foreign currency.

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Azo
Guest

Which small businesses r u talking of mbewaso iwe eti

Matako
Guest

I hope these measures are applied across the board including APM’s travels across the country where he goes to each and every opening of small businesses. I am sure it is just another way of swindling tax payers through hefty allowances.

sothini
Guest

There`s gold in Ntcheu, aggressive illegal mining is done, free tax trade. That tax wasted cud ve done two and more deveplomental projects.

Shamwari Dzowa
Guest

Also withdraw housing allowances for MPs; why are they being paid such amount while they are supposed to be at their constituencies living in their own houses ? Madness, isn’t it?

Njolinjo
Guest

A different mode of looting will be devised. I don’t believe this.

Kenkkk
Guest

Nanga bwanji pamenepa. Has nac money finished?

Sammy
Guest

Shupit Gondwe and Bwampini…u say ur government has no money?Whea did u take de money to pay Kyungu and his fellow foolish chiefs???How dd u pay K50pinz to journarist???How did u pay Lomwe vendorz of BT????MUZIONA DE BATTLE HAS JST BGUN..

Chikopa
Guest

Eeeeeeish wanganya. Mupulinge sono. 1,000 litres does not mean hotel bills, allowances for officials, MBC TV Crew to capture the ministerial events etc. A minister can be on the road daily from Nsanje to Chitipa and amass massive allowances. This is a good move to limit trips. Most of you guys quashing this idea do not have basic economics knowledge. Mwina mudzipanga comment za nkhonya osati these technical matters.

Kamdondo
Guest

INDEED STOP THE MADNESS OF ALLOCATING 1000LTS TO EACH MINISTER AND REDUCE THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES PER MINISTER. BWANA GONDWE CHITANI ZOMVEKA. NDUNA MPAKA EIGHT TRIPS/MONTH ZACHIYANI? HEHEHE KOMA BOMA ILI!

fathi slshehaab
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Yes dimple thinking reduce fuel allieance to 400ltrs u will save on trips vehivle wezr&tesr et c.
infact eithdraw thd furl cards….

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