Goodall presented an illegal budget: Malawi opposition says Finance Minister must go back to the drawing board

Malawi opposition have labelled the proposed 2015/16 National Budget presented by Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe as an illegal document because it violates the provisions of the Public Finance Management Act and not backed by any current economic and fiscal policy.

Jooma: budget does not indicate how much is being funded to each vote.

Jooma: budget does not indicate how much is being funded to each vote.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesman of finance, Dowa West MP Alexander Kusamba Dzonzi and Mangochi Monkey Bay MP and People’s Party (PP) spokesperson on finance in Parliament, Ralph Jooma unanimously called the budget document illegal.

Jooma said the 2015/16 national budget does not indicate how much is being funded to each vote.

“In the past, we used to have a column for preliminary out turns. I am talking about the time, we, PP were ruling. Why is this column hidden?” wondered Jooma former Economic Planning Minister.

Jooma also noted that in the presentation of the budget, Finance Minister said nothing about the progress of the public finance management reforms.

“Would the Minister tell the nation, exactly where the negotiations with donors are? What else is supposed to be done to unlock the aid? Could it be that perhaps donors are looking for an audit of the K92 billion Cash-gate? (From 2005 to 2012.)

“Government should move on this issue. Otherwise budgets will continue to be made under challenging circumstances except that it will not be by accident, but by choice.”

Jooma noted that the Budget was prepared “under very difficult circumstances” of the steady nose-diving of donor support.

“But that notwithstanding, here we are discussing a K901 billion budget. The largest budget of all the years with a 21 per cent nominal increment over last year’s approved budget. In fact, with average inflation being at 16 per cent, we can safely conclude that the budget has a real value increment of over 5 per cent.

“Although the Minister has chosen to relate it to the GDP value, we have chosen to relate it to inflation because that is what drives prices of goods and services. So, what we are saying is that this budget should have produced more output than last year’s if, and only if our priorities are right,” said Jooma.

He continued: “If only fairness, equity and objectivity were at play during the allocations, this budget would have given hope not only to the end beneficiaries but also to its implementers.”

MCP response

First to give a reaction after a two-week Parliament recess, MCP’s Dzonzi laid out seven recommendations which the party wants Finance Minister to address.

“This budget is illegal because it has not been deployed within the legal framework as set out in sections 14, 15, 18 and 19 of the Public Finance Act. We strongly recommend that the minister must adhere to the spirit of the laws that govern budgeting processes,” Dzonzi said.

He had earlier highlighted Section 14 of the Public Finance Management Act which states that the Minister of Finance shall submit to the national assembly and publish, not later than April 1 of each year, an economic fiscal policy statement which shall specify the needful.

On Section 15, Dzonzi said the minister shall lay before the National Assembly a written budget policy statement.

“Mr Speaker Sir, my reading of the annual budget and my recollection of all preceding events hitherto clearly show that the Honourable Minister of Finance has not and has never laid before this august House an Economic and Fiscal Policy that speaks to Malawians as to which direction our economy is going to take as required by Section 14 of the Public Finance Management Act.

“Going through the draft Financial Estimates tabled before this House, it is clear that the Minister of Finance has neither provided the economic and fiscal policies that underlie the present budget nor any policy objectives to be addressed by the budget in the 2015/2016 fiscal year,” Dzonzi said.

He also stressed the need for Gondwe to go back to the drawing board to match expenditure items with Malawi’s core economic requirements and the need for government to handle tendering processes of the replanting of Chikangawa Forest Reserve in an open and professional manner.

Minister of Finance  is on record saying during pre-budget consultations that the budget will be shrunk and will be an intellectual budget that will be difficult to sell to Malawians including MPs.

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23 thoughts on “Goodall presented an illegal budget: Malawi opposition says Finance Minister must go back to the drawing board”

  1. Phodogoma says:

    Frustrating national budget is what MCP does just to let Malawians know that the pary is still surviving after 30 wasteful years. Had it been that MCP is good at producing sound national budget that brings change in Malawi’s economy,we couldnt have been where we are now.Imagine MCP made 360 national budgets for the wastteful 30 years. Yet Malawi is still in extreme poverty. For sure our porvety is there because of these useless Chewa because they had 30 years playing with Malawi. If I regret for our poverty, then its time when MCP was ruling this country peaceful and single handedly. Yet it did not develop this country. Otherwise people could have remembered those development and MCP could not have stayed for 25 years out of government. The Lomwe stayed in government only for 10 years, even less, but it has bounced back in the government. This is because of the Lomwe’s good leadership. SO ALL THE GULEWAMKULUS WHO ARE AT PARLIAMENT, YOU CAN NOT CHANGE WHAT WORLD BANK AND IMF SENIOR PENSIONEERS ARE DOING. The history of Malawi tells that Chewa people are very good at the position of leader of opposition. Thus for you. For the post of president leave that for us the Lomwes. After APM Nakhumwa or Patricia is taking the presidency post.If votes fail us we know how to accumulate more votes even if we end up involving courts, judges, teachers, ECM chair for the DPP to succeed, it does not matter. As long as by the end of the day the Lomwe should rule this country.Lomwe woyeeeeee. Alomwe woyeeee.

  2. bob says:

    Exactly if you Jooma were part of the consultations for the budget, you should have submitted your protests at that time other than waiting until this time. Was your plan to help in making the budget or merely to embarrass the Govt side. The criticism you gave is not constructive

  3. phwado says:

    Only empty skulls shall not understand the points opposition is raising.We can’t have a budget that doesn’t state how much shall be spent on a particular vote.Olo mnyumba ukamapanga budget umaika roughly mtengo wa chimene ukufuna kukagula.Za nsete basi.Goodall wakalamba akakhale kunyumba adzikamwa tea,kuothela dzuwa zidzukulu tudzi dzikumuwenga zala zakumiyendo!

  4. Damamoyo says:

    we want us to look into the rear view mirror ? We are looking forward, not everything you were doing during PP was right

  5. Desmond. says:

    I think sapitwa u are too stupid & clueless like dpp ya mbavazi.

  6. Benson Chirwa says:

    What consultations? Do you think any of the people’s views are taken into consideration? The finance minister and his guys only trot around to make allowances. Little wonder the actual figures are hidden. Don’t take people for fools with your consultations. Just sit ku chipaniko and decide how much you want to kusolola.

  7. Youn says:

    Bravo opposition! Akwenyeni mpakana atipatse budget yakupsa. Its high time Malawians suffered under ukamberembere wa anthu andale. Psaaa Kookaaaa!!!!!!!

  8. Boni wa Boni says:

    Koma ndiye zilikodi……Nanga nanunso a bwana a Jooma, ndiye business yanu ija mukukumbitsa mijigoyi ndi abwana a Kaunda ija ndiye kuti zikuyenderani ngati mukane budget’yi? ndangodutsamotu……tikukudziwanitu…..

  9. matako says:

    Providing checks and balances is what the opposition is doing. Holding this corrupt government accountable all the way to the bank. Do not think you can come to parliament with half baked budget and expect parliament to hand clap. So much mediocrity that our parliamentarians are in fact beginning to notice. Lets be vigilante with these corrupt and clueless DPP mbava. Well done opposition.

  10. mwana mulopwana says:

    I understand that there were consultations prior to the budget submission, so my question to the opposition team and mostly the members from the opposition side who head the finance in parliament, What role did you play during the consultation, it sees you are just bulking now for the sake of bulking,

    We need members who should bring value not only in parliament but even outside parliament, you had a role to play before the house met, it seems you did not do that, This budget is for Pro poor , let it pass

  11. Sapitwa says:

    Kungofuna kubvuta. Mr Jooma, what negotiations with Donors do you expect when Donors want all cash gate cases to be prosecuted successfully and recover money as much as possible?
    Which cash fate triggered to Donors stopping to support Malawi? It was your PP Incompetent government that was caught red handed with cash gate and we are yet to see the global wanderer ; the big fish to come and face music in court once she steps foot on Malawi soil.Only the intellectuals as the Minister put will be able to understand this budget. The minister based it on GDP as the correct factor than inflation as Malawi has no targeted inflation %. Again this a sign of these guys not understanding the former World Bank professions a Mr Gondwe.
    If tikaona kuti mukutitayitsa nthawi ndi umbili wanuwo don’t get surprised when we start disbursing the budget as we have done before.

  12. CHAKWERA NDI TOMBOLOMBO says:

    When Will Mcp Learn. Let Me Remind U That It Was This Kind Of Attitude That Made People To Give The Late Bingu A Lot Of Votes. Let Chakwera Do The Same If He Can See Votes. Zokana Bajet Zinayesedwapo Kale Ndi Obaba Otembo Nthawi Ya Section 65. Mapeto Ake Bingu Anakusasanthani Pa Mavoti. Ulendo Unonso Mudzaziona. Chakwera Wathout!

  13. SENTI Chimoka says:

    Jooma & Dzozi are you serious, your busy talking noses issues is that importance to the peoples in this country or your just only kufuna kumchuka pa Malawi pano stupid. GOODWALL don’t panic.

  14. Kadakwiza says:

    Lomwe government.

  15. makito says:

    Good work from the opposition for now. But it will only take one financial incentive for the votes to be secured.

  16. Nachipanti says:

    Tiyeni nawo amenewa. Amayesa kuti akupanga budget yakunyumba kwawo mmene adzikadyera bonya. Achimine….Thumbs up Malawi Opposition.

  17. ndadabwa says:

    a goodall zomwe mwayamba zomathandizana kuba ndi Peter mutharika, ndithu mufa msanga

  18. Mbewa ndi nchira says:

    OPPOSITION parties you are very stupid people if you pass an illigal budget. Better do the needful. Reject!!!

    Vuto ndiloti DPP imaganiza kuti iyo yokha ndiyo ya nzeru. Yet the country slipping back into Federation of Nyasaland and Rhodesia era.

    When somebody from UK in 1958, found us literally nake.
    (he passed by Zomba mental Hospital )

  19. Charombanthu says:

    Good observations by the opposition here. Job well done and keep it up please…

  20. BigMan says:

    Stupid opposition, they never learn. These games that they are playing with the budget have been tried before and have never achieved anything apart from wasting tax payers money.

    1. Think Tank says:

      the question is,despite the opposition being “tupid” as you put it,are their observations true or false?

      1. JJB says:

        Is this the first budget Gondwe has presented? That should answer your question.

  21. mulopwana says:

    Good work by people who know why they are in Parliament.Not these other Lomwe Thugs.

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