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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22 thoughts on “Cash strapped Malawi govt restricts ministerial travel ”

  1. Azo says:

    Which small businesses r u talking of mbewaso iwe eti

  2. Matako says:

    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.

  3. sothini says:

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

  4. Shamwari Dzowa says:

    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?

  5. Njolinjo says:

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

  6. Kenkkk says:

    Nanga bwanji pamenepa. Has nac money finished?

  7. Sammy says:

    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..

  8. Chikopa says:

    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.

  9. Kamdondo says:

    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!

  10. fathi slshehaab says:

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

  11. Citizen X says:

    Mr Gondwe tell us are going to reduce the fuel allocation or not?

  12. ConyoH says:

    Za ziiiiiiiiiiii

  13. Alungwana says:

    Democracy has benefited Malawians with nothing.

  14. OBABA says:

    Ukalamba siwamasewera

  15. Big brain says:

    We will make it madonot fotseki we will never look at you again

    I don’t like donor at all they make us poor dependence

  16. Financial shambles in malawi will go on unless APM think it wise. I believe even farmers they are going to cry this year. What do we do? Anyway trimming ministrial trips on mouth can not work but trim fuel allocation as well. Goodwell is also becoming of old age which means his thinking capacity is also aged. I respect him but lets try other new blood finance and economy wizards. There are alot of them and what we need is seaching for one now. Mukamamva kuti president resigned, this will happen in malawi soon. “ZAVUTA APA”

  17. Patriot says:

    Koma kuchulutsa maulendo oyitana mafumu kuzapanga demo yopanda ntchito kuti ogwira ntchito m’boma achotsedwe ntchito?

  18. kesterchipala says:

    Ngati mwachepesa ma ulendo anduna abweze theka lamafuta amene amalandira pa mwezi mapeto ake azingogulisa.

  19. Gudo Gwondwa says:

    You haven’t done anything here! Behave like the International Economist you are yauted to be.Think clearly…just reduce fuel allocation to say 400litres. Then you are making a saving…not just this lip service mdala!

  20. Zansete says:

    Ndalama mukupeleka Ku mafumu,mavenda ndi Ena kuti akuikileni kumbuyo ndie nkumatinamiza kuti cost cutting? fotseki!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Stupid and madness. You already give the ministers 1000 litres of fuel and what point are driving at you 80 year old finance minister. Most ministers change the 1000 litres into cash in what they call “kusungunula” and it happens at filling stations.

  22. Moses mtalama says:

    Malawi surely needs some intervention from above. our fallen spirits gat to be evoked to appease the gods who can offer us the right path.

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