Member of Parliament for Rumphi East, Kamlepo Kalua, nearly sent parliament in turmoil Tuesday afternoon when he accused the DPP -led government of nepotism, tribalism and extravagance.
The free-speaking MP, who is also vice chairman of Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, claimed government recently bought four six posh vehicles for the President and Vice President worth K1 billion.
Kamlepo said in addition to the four presidential vehicles worth K600 million and two for the veep Saulos Chilima worth K250 million.
He also claimed the government also bought a land cruiser vehicle for the chief secretary George Mkondiwa and some and 10 Prados for principal secrEtaries worth about K2 billion.
“We have all the evidence to prove this. We have the chasis numbers, we have engine numbers,” said Kalua.
Kamlepo accused the government of double standards when it accused leader of opposition Lazaruos Chakwera and Richard Msowoya of misuse of public money when parliament bought them cars.
Malawi government recently accused Parliament of abusing state funds on external travel at the expense of parliamentary committee meetings.
Minister of Information, Tourism and Civic Education, Jappie Mhango, and Minister of Transport and Public Works, Francis Kasaila, who is also Leader of the House in Parliament,s aid the Parliamentary Services Commission (PSC) and the office of the speaker had, within three months, blown over half of their annual allocated funds.
“Parliament has abused state funds,” said Mhango. “The PSC has already spent over 52 percent of its annual allocation and the office of the speaker has spent over 50 percent of its allocation just in three months.”
The ministers said instead of holding parliamentary committee meetings as expected of the arm of government, Parliament had spent the funds on external travel when the country was struggling with its economy.
According to the Leader of the House in Parliament, Francis Kasaila, Parliament, which is headed by opposition legislator, Richard Msowoya, as speaker, got all its first quarter allocation of over 2.8 million United States dollars from treasury and used it all on other businesses other than convening parliamentary committee meetings.
Kasaila also disclosed that mid October treasury disbursed part funding of over 700 thousand United States dollars out of the 1.9 million United States dollars allocated to the arm of government for the second quarter of the financial year.
Malawi’s financial year runs from July to June and it is currently in its second quarter.
The ministers have since said responsible authorities of government would take Parliament and its secretariat to task to explain on the extravagance at the expense of necessary parliamentary activities that would benefit all Malawians.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :