Lunguzi says DPP govt must behave: ‘Donors are skeptical’

A behaviour challenge on treating cooperating partners has been issued to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government by opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Dedza East Parliamentarian, Juliana Lunguzi.

Lunguzi appealed to government not to cross path with donors responsible for procuring the country’s drugs.

“What I would love to see therefore, and to hear, is a pledge that the Executive will behave in a manner that ensures that donors will not be placed in a position to desert us again, especially now that the Executive, in as far as the supply and availability of drugs is concerned, has put all eggs in one basket,” Lunguzi said in parliament.

Lunguzi:  increase funding to health

Lunguzi: increase funding to health

Lunguzi, who is also the chairperson of Parliamentary Health Committee, was contributing to debate on the 2014/15 national budget,

She told the House that most health facilities lacks basic necessities like electricity, running water, protective wear due to inadequate funding.

The total budget allocation to the health sector in national budget under scrutiny is K65.2 billion.This includes allocations to Ministry of Health, District Councils and National AIDS Commission.

The Ministry of Health owes various suppliers of goods and services about K5.7 billion and government had committed to a schedule of payment starting from the 2014/15 national budget.

The Dedza East MP said donors are “skeptical” , saying “they don’t want their money to be used for [paying arrears.

Lunguzi asked for more funding, saying the proposed allocation to the health manifestly inadequate/

“The budget that has been allocated will not suffice because as we speak, QECH owes suppliers MK359 million with the unpaid water bill amounting to MK140 million. Water is life, and hence at QECH, lack of water would be a national catastrophe,” she informed the House.

Lunguzi said government should desist from “banking too much” on donors when it comes to health sector funding.

Donors, the lawmaker pointed out, can be “unpredictable” not by design but because of “our inability to sustain positive relationships with them”.

Malawi is this year running on a zero-aid financial plan after donors stopped budgetary support due to financial malfeasancein the public coffers.

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matako
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DPP government continues to lie to Malawians just like Bingu did about zero aid budget. We should continue to engange donors in our efforts to erradicate corruption. As long as this government continues to hood-wink Malawians we will urge donors to hold off untill cash gate is fully dealt with. We need transparent and accountable government based on development not regionalism. We need a government that is not short-sighted but rather visionary and devlopment minded. APM is only concerned about how much money will his government swindle through dubious contracts with Mulli brothers. Wake up Malawians

DZ Generation
Guest

Yes, Adona that is completely true and tell them that Dedza hospital is also treating so many Mozambiquecans thus allocation is very small then kusolola AYI. We are tired with these donors so keep quite on that ukutichititsa manyazi . Do you not know that this is zero aid budget?do not cheat us as zero aid yet you borrow much from banks as the late president’s government. Tell them realia!

Wampwesa
Guest

Ma dnonor akutchulidwaso bwanji? I thought I heard it is a zero-aid budget

Ujeni Phiri
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@ 25 and 26 I think you don’t understand the budgting process and did not follow what the minister of finance was saying. He said Zero Aid in terms of Budgetory support but donors will continue to support committed programs outside this budget such as support to health sectors and others.

Mikute
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I may be wrong but I believe what we need most is not increased funding but change of modus operandi. There is perpetual shortage of drugs in our hospitals regardless of volumes acquired. Simple calculation may show that out of the 30 billion allocation may be 12 billion will go to the manufacturers of the drugs. Where will the rest of the money go? A chain of middlemen and corrupt officials. Malawi buys a lot of drugs from India and I hear we have a High Commission there. What stops us from going directly to the suppliers so that we… Read more »
Mukhala choncho
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Wakamba za nzeru namwali uyu.

Mwapheranjiru
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Mai Juliana, mukukambatso za ma donor lero m’mene kuli zero-aid budget? Ndiye pamenepo zikuyenda? Inu ndi chpani chanu cha MCP yalani pfundo zothandidza chuma cha Malawi. Nkhani ya zipatala njofunika zedi, koma ndi pfundo zanji zingabweretse ndalama zothadzirira ntchito za umoyo? Simukukamba za pfundo zolipira ku chipatala, simukukamba pfundo ya ma Khonsolo onse kutengapo mbali pa zipatala za m’madera ao, komanso mwaiwala kuti zipatala zathu mukudzadza ndi anthu a malire a Mozambique, Zambia ndi Tanganyika. Koma kwanu kutokota basi ndi anzanu a MCP? Perekani pfundo zothathindidza Malawi. K65 billion njochepa kwambiri pa ntchito ya umoyo mu dziko lonse la Malawi,… Read more »
Gongoni
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Palibe chanzeru apa,poyamba mayi Julie mudziwe kuti Malawi ikuyendera ZERO- AID BUDGET ndiye siunganene kuti ndalama zachepa umati zichokera kuti? Mmene zililimu mpofunika kugawana pang’ono pang’ono.

Mthenga
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Kasi jaha lira likuti mbuni? Ine nanozgeka kukathula ng’ombe ku Mtakataka.

SALIMA BOYS
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HOT PROP,Zoona Aunt Jullie okongola zoyankhula zabwino zoonazake……tell them mwina atseguka mu nzeru.

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