Malawi govt wants to buy new convoy for President Mutharika: ‘Mapwevupwevu Hall’ budget under contention

Members of parliament on Monday afternoon took Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe over government decision to buy eight vehicles for presidential convoy.

Finance Minister Goodalal Gondwe: State House vote budgets stir uproar in parliament

Finance Minister Goodalal Gondwe: State House vote budgets stir uproar in parliament

This issue was raised when the legislators were scrutinising the K1.1 trillion national in a committee of supply.

Gondwe defended the K906 million budget, saying there are a lot developments to be accomplished at State House including the buying of eight vehicles for President Peter Mutharika’s convoy.

“The motorcade is old and needs replacement,” he said.

Gondwe said the presidential convoy is 12 years old.

“I know this because I am the one who bought the convoy,” he said.

The Finance Minister said it would be a security risk to be breaking down when the President is on the road.

Gondwe agreed with some of the suggestions that State House can buy four vehicles this year and four next year taking into account the state of the economy.

The minister also defended the K95 million ((about $150 000) multipurpose hall, saying the State House used to have a marquee  but was destroyed in a storm.

Gondwe also said the State House regularly employs waiters hence the need to train them on regular basis.

But most opposition legislators said it was unnecessary  for a banqueting hall given the numerous problems, including food shortages, affecting the country.

Most opposition MPs said  questioned the priorities of the allocation for construction of a “mapwevupwevu” hall at a time 2.8 million Malawians are in need of food aid.

In his critique of the State House and OPC votes, Rumphi West MP Kamlepo Kalua (People’s Party-PP) said State Residences should not have been allocated such huge sums of money when there are other ministries which are suffering and need the money better.

The MPs passed the vote.

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15 thoughts on “Malawi govt wants to buy new convoy for President Mutharika: ‘Mapwevupwevu Hall’ budget under contention”

  1. Hangman says:

    This and the greedy being shown by Members of Parliament where they get loans with interest subsidized by our taxes and they want an increased allocation to Parliament which shall translate into more allowances for themselves. With such moral bankruptcy why should I waste my time to vote in 2019 to put in positions whose motive is to enrich themselves? We Malawians still remain dead people as described by HE Kenneth Kaunda in the 70’s

  2. Chigumbuli says:

    Mr Gondwe is being economical with the truth. Bingu’s convoy was made up of Hummers now there are Toyota landcruisers no Hummers

  3. George Mata says:

    Age of a car does not mater. What maters is the mileage. How any KMs have these cars clocked in 12 years?

    1. I drive a 10 year old (2005) VW Citi Golf (180,000kms on the clock) and 11 year old (2004) Jeep Cherokee (204,000kms on the clock). And they do not break because I look after them – service! service! service. Maybe the government should take a leaf from this and buy a VW Polo for the president as it will always go go go! Even lighter on fuel and maintenance. Better still maybe a Totota Aygo would be a better fit! ki ki ki

  4. Nzika says:

    So you mean all the MPs believed what Gondwe said? Muntharika VX is not 2004 model, what do you mean when you said the convoy is 12 years old? so you mean ministers and PSs are driving modern vehicles than the president? i dont believe you Sir, komanso a well serviced vehicle cannot easily breakdown panseu, in addition, there are two or three vehicle that can be used by the president on the convoy, he can only switch in the unlikely event you want us to imagine happening.

  5. Pax Romana says:

    The TRUTH shall prevail,we’re a dead NATION .Muvi woyang’anira umalowa m’maso.HERE WE’RE JUST WATCHING AS THESE SO CALLED OUR LEADERS ARE MILKING US.Very STUPID AND ROTTEN government with it’s dead people.

  6. Smith says:

    Insane, insensitive, very stupid government. How does one justify luxury over need. Cost of living is just too high, deny civil servants a hike and tell starving Malawians to eat ziwala to survive the situation, These are people who put you into Office and you are supposed to serve them. Putting your foot down and making such hard suggestion, then you want to allocate resources for new motorcade. Hearless, stupid, uchitsiru, usatana, unyolivwa no sone cha. imwe muli vindere nadi

  7. The Analyst says:

    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O
    ONCE UPON A TIME

    The leaders we have now; are disgustingly strange . . .
    . . . Couldn’t Good-All buy 2 or 3 new vehicles for the Head of State?, as we are made to believe that these are hard times?
    . . . And is Gondwe and cohort really convinced that the hall is needed? Now?
    ……………………………………………………………………………
    These old wineskins are clearly out of touch with reality . . .
    . . . coz any leader (and friends in crime), even if using just 0.10% of their brain; would realise and accept that these are hard times and thus that extravagance, is an arrant insult to the many people lying in wait for the same govt to help them, help themselves..
    ……………………………………………………………………………
    . . . is it not said that . . .
    “If you cant help the poor, at least you shouldn’t hurt them.”? – The Dalai Lama.
    . . . Isn’t Good-All and company, hurting the many Malawians when they seem not to care, or understand that these are hard times? Kapenatu mukumatinamiza kuti these are hard times?; kuti muzidya nokha?
    ……………………………………………………………………………
    . . . is anybody anymore surprised that the Parliament of monkeys was angrily demanding loans?
    Am not surprised! Coz you cant tell others you have no money yet inu mukuchezera kumowa iai.
    . . . what happened to old age that, once upon a time; used to accompany wisdom? it seems true that . . .
    “Age does not always bring wisdom. Sometimes, old age comes alone.” – Tom Wilson.
    . . . No doubt; these are some of those times.
    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O

  8. izinso ndiye ziti? says:

    This is total madness. By the way paja akuti ife tizidya mbewa ndi ziwala and ma civil servants do not demand salary increase, iwo ndalama akugulira ma new motocade. Exactly why Malawi as a nation will go nowhere. The leaders have priorities upside down. Even as everything is collapsing, they do not mind at all. Shame on our leaders!

  9. Dr Mbilixi says:

    Nsetete zokha zokha

  10. Winston Msowoya says:

    It is abnormal and lack of sense of probity at this brutal economic slump the Head of state would fatuously conspire to purchase new convoy for himself and his spouse.Any sensible human being under Malawia’s cut-throat economic trend,would not have dared to undertake such immoral undertaking.This is political and economic genocide that the Head of State must be impeached for misusing badly needed finances to buy food,medicines,creat jobs and myriad of other necessities.Peter,stop that.You have gone too far,but your time will come sooner than later.

    1. Alfred Minjo says:

      Iwe Winston, ndekuti chani ukunenazo? Zamanyi basi!!!

      1. Smith says:

        Ulije mahara kambwe iwe Minjo,,,,mutu nga ni nyinda

        1. Puludzu says:

          So you all oppositions MP’s you agree to this issue as well? oh what a shame at you. or maybe you agree just because ” mukukoza kapansi kuti nanunso kammwamba katsike” mxii…you are both of you oposition as well ruling dead people. how can the whole of you pass the Bill while other side you are crying talking talking zopusa basi.

          1. pido says:

            Pamenepo ndiye tizidya Mbewa ndi Ziwala. Ma civil servants muzilimbikira ntchito zanu osati kupempha salary increment. Osagwira ntchito koma business

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