Goodall says Information Bill among ‘new tougher conditions’ for aid resumption

Finance minister Goodall Gondwe has said Access to Information Bill is one of the new conditions donors have told the government to pass into law before they resume aid.

Finance Minister Goodal Gondwe in the centre flanked by  Major General Namangale and Police Commissioner Martha Suwedi. Pic by Chikumbutso Kajani

Finance Minister Goodal Gondwe in the centre flanked by Major General Namangale and Police Commissioner Martha Suwedi. Pic by Chikumbutso Kajani

Malawi lost up to 40 percent of the budget support aid it was receiving from foreign donors when the European Union, the World Bank, and the United Kingdom suspended aid last year because of the corruption scandal, known as “Cashgate.”

Speaking on Wednesday in parliament when he presented a ministerial statement on the outlook of the economy, Gondwe said there are also other sets of bills that the government is being pressurised and pushed by donors before they resume aid.

He did not however say when the Access to Information bill would be tabled to accelerate the resumption of the much needed aid whose withdrawal has severely crippled the economy.

Gondwe said other areas that donors want the Malawi government to look into critically before the resumption of aid include the wage administration to ensure that Capital Hill expunge ghost workers.

The donors also want change in farm inputs programme, saying they want fertilizer to e sold by the private sector instead of the state run Smallholder Farmers Fertiliser Revolving Fund of Malawi (SFFRM).

The Finance Minister, however, raised expectations of donor aid resumption to a new bar, saying he was extremely hopeful Malawi would be on track with the IMF extended credit facility.

Gondwe said despite the fact that the World Bank and European Union slapped the government with another set of 20 new and tougher demands as conditions for the resumption of aid to his country, apart from the usual IMF conditions, the government is upbeat that all the needed aid will be resumed by the fourth quarter of 2016.

“We need to be patient, we need to work hard as we pass through the turbulence;” said Gondwe.

Gondwe advised public officers to cut down external travel, saying it is sad that some officers take this as an income generating venture.

He also asked hospital management to exercise financial prudence, saying the government has noted with concern that in some cases, government had fully funded hospitals but management had used the money for its travel allowances leaving ambulances grounded and failing to buy food for patients.

“I am happy that my colleague, the minister of health is taking this seriously, he is in Mangochi meeting the hospital management,” he said.

“We are passing through turbulent times that were started by the floatation of the kwacha and withdrawal of donor aid. We need to take strong adjustment measures, strongest sacrifices,” he said.

Gondwe said Malawi will soon achieve its economic stability but could not say when exactly.

The Finance Minister said the current high inflation rate hovering at 25 per cent; the high interest rates and volatile exchange rate are pushing the cost of life up and enhancing poverty.

Malawian government has a zero-aid budget for 2015/16 as part of an attempt to win back the trust of major donors who do not want to see their money wasted.

According to Gondwe, Malawi government policy now is to embark on a stringent limitation of the need for budgetary support as Lilongwe is embarking on a public finance management reform program.

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51 thoughts on “Goodall says Information Bill among ‘new tougher conditions’ for aid resumption”

  1. The Patriot says:

    If our leaders think passing the ATI bil is a tough condition then we must be afraid, very afraid! Ndithudi a Goodall Gondwe, APM , Kusaila etal what is tough about the ATI bill? People are suffering in villages and towns, why cant you our leaders do the needful and pass the bill? It is very shameful for the Mzungu to be setting conditions for aid, when those same conditions are what we need as Malawians. Most Malawians want the ATI bill koma inuyo ma leaders simukufuna, where is the love for your people? Our government is supposed to work for us the people not against us! Last but not least, please inform us all the 20 “tough” conditions. If the government is not ready to meet these conditions then let them resign and we put in a new govt, mwalephera!!!

  2. maganizo says:

    AZUNGUWA ATOPA NDIKUTITHAZA MMALAO MOTI ANGONENA KOMA ZIFUKWA 20. TIVOMEREZE ATITHANDIZA ZAKA 50 NDIZAMBIRI TALEPHERA NDI IFE. KUBA SIKUNGATHE POPEZA ZIMAYAMBIRA KULIKULU KOMWEKO KOMA KUMAFINYA ANA. IWO AKAMANGIDWA 2HRS UMVA KUTI ALIKUCHIPATALA HBP. KOMA WOBA MBUZI ZAKA WOSAPITA KUCHIPATALA. AWUZENI KUTI ATISIYE TIZIVUTIKA.

  3. Enawa says:

    Ngati ukuwafunabe amai kuti azilamula uwatenge azikalamula banja lanja lako koma dzikoli president ndi APM as of now

  4. Chingolopiyo says:

    How many presidents has Mw got? The pic shows another president for Malawi

  5. nyenyezi says:

    Iam ashamed with this government,, if passing the ATI is a tough condition for APM, ndiye dzikoli mulikwanitsa? Munangogweratu izi sizinali mbali yanu, inu koma choko kuphunzitsa azungu mabodza, ngati unakukanika u miister of education ndiye umati dziko ungalithe? Ngati samaba ndipo palibe chomer akubisa let the ATI be passed into law, honey moon is over. Sinthawi ya Kamuzu ino yoti tizikhala mumdzima wosadziwa zomwe zikuchitika mdziko mwathu momwe. Moreover Pitala kunalibe m’mene tinkavotera multiparty, ndiye asatiphere ufulu wathu, iye anali kokudya polony kwawo kwa azungu, zautsiru basi.

  6. Njalayamalamuchiuno says:

    Every body now agrees that our female president worked wonders in bringing the economy in the right path in the two years she was in power. On the contrary the country has never seen any comfort since these men, under DPP placed themselves on the driving seat. The country is run like an experimental field. More time is spent on finger pointing and propaganda than leaders championing development. More action is needed than mare talk.

  7. Judah says:

    This is not the issue don’t cheat us but but but but 577

  8. vin mongu says:

    this business of donors doing the logical things whihc our own governments donot is sometimes a mystery. ndalama mukuzifuna but want to make life tough for yourselves. delaying ATI bill because you want to steal, delaying FISP private sector involvement because mwina amasapota zipani zina or ADMARC igwa. no wonder we are a failed state

  9. mphatso says:

    Donors will keep on shifting goalpost once you meet tehre conditions they will give you 10% of aid and then will tell you that to get more a new set of conditions will be given. I can see due to economic collapse most malawians should head to europe as migrants as we have no choice Donors wants malawis economy to collapse let them look after us in there countries

  10. John says:

    I DONT SEE ANY TOUGH CONDITIONS HERE. IS PASSING ACCESS TO INFORMATION BILL A TOUGH THING TO DO? ONLY THOSE THAT HAVE SECRETS TO HIDE CAN BE SCARED. BUT A GOVT THAT HAS NOTHING TO HIDE PALIBE NKHANI APA.

    ZIKUONETSERATU POYERA KUTI KUBOMAKO MUKUBA TOO MUCH!

    IN FACT, YOU DONT NEED DONORS TO PUSH YOU TO PASS ACCESS TO INFORMATION BILL.

  11. Think-tank says:

    Why should the government be pressurised to pass the ATI into law when it is the constitutional obligation to do so? This clearly shows lack of leadership in our president and his henchmen. Shame on!!!!

  12. Galu Mtabeni says:

    You forced your way into office thinking that God is asleep. Musalire, dziko lamulirani likukwaneni. You talked ill about JB but this lady was far much better than this your old and clueless prof. God is watching and he will soon come to our rescue. Dont you have any shame by lying day in day out? Go to TZ and see practical reforms not the useless stuff you are doing here.

  13. monte says:

    “tough conditions” muisova K577bn ija kaya mumaona ngati mwabisala thus why uyu mukuti ndani…….. amati donor age are gone cause amadziwa kuti pavuta apa

  14. Mr Pheee says:

    #22 umaona eti kikkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk this madala is old kikkkkkkk

  15. Mr Pheee says:

    Simunati ndipo zambiri zi ulululidwa ndithu,angoyamba kukuuzani za AIB kenako akubwera ndizofuna kudziwa momwe nkhani ya Robert Chasowa kumaso Njaunja ikuyendela komaso adzafunanso kuti apepesedwe ndi momwe Ibu amalankhulila kuti ma Donors sadzathandizaso dzko lino chifukwa aliso ndi mavuto awo ndipo ali busy kulongosola zao, kikkkkkk koma abale, ma Ghost workers akwa Molele kwawo kwa kaviphwisi!!!! koma ziliko

  16. lisiro kanthenda says:

    All the leaders they want to maintain their pockets and leave the country bankrupt. Kaya zanu izooo

  17. chivwamba says:

    Why then does your president say Aid will not come back? There are conditions that the government has to meet which DPP is failing!!!

  18. Titus scot says:

    Why can’t cabinet instruct Chief Secretary to issue a circular to curb the excessive external travel? It’s because it is him and Minister of Foreign Affairs and their officials who are always flying.

  19. Happening Boy says:

    Mwavifyontha, mukalyanga waka nakugawana ndalama za wazungu, mwalura mwekha keeee!!!

  20. BOGOLOLO WAMWENDO KHUMIKHUMI says:

    Please , let this bill be passed into a law , all what you don’t want is people not to know the people involved in the MWK577bn cash gate , the Njauju death which the ordinary people will bring the French to come and investigate , the APM fat account which he claims that he became a multimillionaire before he came to Malawi , how Ndata Farm was financed , the date Mbingu died , why Henry Mussa is very rich , where KK Trucks are being kept, NAC money how was misused etc etc etc .

    This is our country and we want to know each and everything happening today , tomorrow and what happened yesterday.

  21. Mbola says:

    Mukulanda munda mulibe makasu pambuyo pake nkumakabwelekanso makasu kwa omwe mwawalanda munda aja, zomvetsa chisoni.

  22. muona says:

    Thats try and error government musova

  23. Mbola says:

    Bwanji mabwana osangokasiya kadzikoka m’manja mwa mabritish omwewa inu basi nkuyimika manja kuti zatikanika, kadzikokatu kakhoza kukhala imodzi mwa maprovince awo? Anthutu antha nkumadyanso patsiku katatu, mukuzunzatu mtundu wa amalawi anthu inu mokuti palibenso ndim’modzi yemwe angkukhulupilileni.

  24. Urunji says:

    Mwawachita bwino amenewa kkkkkkk akhaula awona. Iwo amaona ngati ndi ochenjera kumazemba kubweretsa Information Bill ku nyumba ya malamulo, anthu masiku ano anapenya ndipo musayese kuti ndinu nokha amene mumalankhula ndi madonor, chaka chake ndi chino. Bring. the Access to Information Bill to the august house for things to work, tell us more of the new condtions, ” aphunzitsi, tiuzeni zambiri, pali zinanso ngati”.

  25. Malawi ndiwabwino ? says:

    Information Bill tougher condition ?

  26. mukharapwio says:

    Dialogue Of Peter And Goodall In An Economic Darkroom.Peter ‘Goodall Have I Seen An Investor On That Corner.’ Goodall ‘yes Prof Arthur Peter Sir! Aah Aah Aah Since This Is The First Half Of The Financial Year Aah Aah Aah Aah We’ve Been Aah Expecting Investors.’ Peter ‘who’re Those Guys With Sticks, Clubs,knives,machetes,grenades,rocket Launchers That I’m Seeing On The Door.’ Goodall ‘our Traditional Donors Sir.’ Peter ‘close And Barricade The Door And Keep The Windows Shut Let The Room Become Pitch Dark So They Don’t See U.’ Goodall ‘aaaaaah Aaaa Probally Sir They Look Tough And Mean Aaaaarrr A Aaaa We Can Manage’.

  27. Mashamase says:

    Osanamizila cash gate

  28. patricia kaliyati says:

    Mr Gondwe jekete mwamanga bwanji???????????
    Old age yafika pamenepa???? Kulephera kumanga jekete mumanaga bwanji economy?

  29. chakwela says:

    Well done our hardworking minister can you teach those who called SOS and opposition.

  30. Mapwiya says:

    Apart from the title information Bill is not appearing anywhere in the article! Are u guys serious? Or u r eating chibanzi?

  31. Jang'ala says:

    A Gondwe kulandila ulemu ngati president pamenepo

  32. Malawi is a poor country and if we do not work other country member will take over malawi

  33. Antoni apaphata says:

    How long did it take you same people to pass the useless change of flag with your stupid chiefs

  34. Antoni apaphata says:

    What is so tough about the information bill?

  35. Wisest One says:

    We need practical actions on the ground rather than talking talking and talking without major impact on the ground. We are getting tired over your empty promises! We cant keep on suffering like this in our own motherland in the name of governance inability..

  36. Aaron Mwala says:

    Who said we are now independent and have self rule. We used to call them colonialists, now we know them as donors

  37. Joku joku says:

    Oooohoo chabwino

  38. Rasta says:

    No wonder the western puppets institutions(other media houses and CSO’s) in the country(Malawi)the usual suspects r beginning to increase their noise on the bill which clearly might weaken our gvt’s(soverenity) today and in future,and this is what everyone should know that not a single country today in Africa u can point at that is rich/successful bcoz of Aid.why?Aid is not help.It is used to undermine our freedom to destroy our society socialy,politicaly and economicaly.

  39. Kaligondo says:

    Unless u pass the ATI bill in parliament or else nothing 2 change

  40. MLOMWE says:

    We are tired of such political propaganda we need new propagandas not that old fashion propaganda you doing and you must know that Malawi has opened her eyes and so soon we shall remove all the DPPs from the government.We don’t want greedy,corrupt ,regionalism,riches we want our own poor bread Malawian who knows our problems and has stayed with us in our own mother land Malawi.To the Donors what you must know is that you have given the money to the wrong hands at a good time.Lets watch them together

  41. The Analyst says:

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    Who said that the Information bill would be tabled in parliament because it is one of the items in the DPP manifesto? How then has it become a tough condition for resumption of aid? Mmatinamizatu sichomcho? You never even wanted to table it, right? You people are strange! How come you people in govt have all over sudden become shameless cheats – you Goodall, Jappi, Kasaira and sadly n dangerously even the president? Et tu Brute?
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    Now you hoodwink the opposition n all Malawians into believing that the bill would be tabled n passed only to be left wondering? What will you do now? Cheat the donors also? At the expense of the common man? Aaaaa!!! Remember . . .
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    “You can fool some of the people all the time and all the people some of the time. But you cannot fool all the people all the time.” – Abraham Lincoln
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
    Now tell Jappi n other ministers to work round the clock and sieve out all the non-existing-yet-never-ending inconsistencies in the bill and pass it. You have for so long shamelessly given donor-aid freeze from cashgate as an excuse for your cluelessness and underperformance! And its not helping anybody. A a!
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

  42. Nyembezi says:

    Mr Joseph Mwanamvekha is a good example of a minister who is using travel as income generating venture. He is always travelling. Just check the trips. As we speak, he is with Mutharika in Europe. But what does he do? Nothing! He uses all the money that the Ministry of Trade is given. He is the most lazy minister

    1. Ayobe says:

      Mrs Mwanavenkha must be a very lonely woman; her husband spends more time outside Malawi than he does in the country. Mid this year he was in the UK “hunting” for investors, upon return he went to SADC in Botswana, then later to Mozambique, then Zambia. He then accompanied APM to China; and upon return APM stated that Mwanavenkha would go back to China to “sign” some more agreements. Then he accompanied APM to New York as part of that mammoth entourage. On return from New York he was off to India for the India-Africa summit. And currently he is with APM on the Malta-UK-South Africa trip.

      The reason many people don’t know that Mwanavenkha has found a gold mine in foreign travel allowances is because he keeps a low profile. He doesn’t make political speeches – the only time he talks to the press is when there is something to do with investment. He makes many trips on his own and then gets to accompany APM on all his trips as well. By April 2019, Mwanavenkha will be a multi Kwacha billionnaire just on travel allowannces alone…

    2. Romento says:

      Ambwana siukunama. Mwanavenkha amposa Mulli kulemera, chifukwa cha ma allowance! The guy is a frequent flier. Just consider this: Since mid this year he has been to the UK, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, China, the USA, India, and now he is on APM’s Malta-UK-South Africa trip. All this in just some six months! And he is supposed to go back to China. Just how big is the Ministry of Trade’s travel budget?

  43. lackison says:

    So passing access to information bill is a tough condition? Wat are u hiding? Why is it tough? By the way don’t pass it after all the president said donors time is over

  44. uncle pa says:

    Goodall looking like the president

  45. choonadi says:

    Stupid donors. Let them get lost. We must move on. We are survivors. Be assured that after all those pre-conditions are met they will come up with a new set of conditions to be met. They simply are not coming back. It is good for Malawi because we shall learn the hard way to live within our means.

  46. Peter says:

    So Goodal is confessing that time for donor aid given to crooked governments is over. APM must put his house in order and let donor aid flow to the poor.

  47. NAMATHANGA KU MAULA says:

    KOMA NKHALAMBAZI
    GUYS
    ZAPYSEREDZA DZIKO
    NA BOLANI IZOZO ZIKUMWA WAINI.

  48. Sapitwa says:

    For two years without the 40%direct budget aid and we are painfully striving. Look at the goal posts being shifted. They will keep on shifting making us a laughing stock of fools.
    Take your time on the info bill until all irregularities are sorted.Any country in the world deserves to keep some secretes from exposure to the public domain like difence security and presidential security. No country aid or no aid would expose these.
    Fertilizer to be sold by a private sector will be sold at a high price.
    Let’s just work hard to maintain zero aid and come out of these unreasonable demands.

  49. Mafikizolo says:

    Here we go again: The clueless president stands on a hill top and tells us that we should forget about donors. His Minister of Finance is now telling us that donors are still part of our lives, if only we can satisfy a number of conditions. Who should we believe now?

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