MCP hits at DPP’s ‘desperation’: Kachali queries funds for State House banquet halls

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) member of parliament for Lilongwe North, Patricia Mkanda has accused the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of acting in desperation and advancing a political budget as the House has since p approved a K5.4 billion (US$12 million) allocation to State Residences amid resistance on two activities of construction of two banquet halls.

Kachali:  Why is the construction of banquet halls so important at this time

Kachali: Why is the construction of banquet halls so important at this time

Commenting on the financial plan tabled by Finance, Economic Planning and Development Minister Goodall Gondwe, the Lilongwe North MP said the budget without goals “is just a pair of handcuffs.”

Nkanda said going through the 2015/16 national budget “you can actually discern desperation and politics.”

She said: “A good budget does not do injustice to other districts or sectors. It is well researched and based on reality on the ground. I can see that this budget is politicised, that is why we are maintaining the Malata-Cement Subsidy.”

The MCP lawmaker said the 2015/16 budget is not offering Malawians any hope because of “drastic cuts” and that “Malawi is on a life-supporting machine.”

Nkanda challenged Minister of Education, Science and Technology. Dr Emmanuel Fabiano to visit her constituency where she said two girls were raped in one month because there are no girls’ hostels.

“I also invite him to visit Nambuma, Kalonga and Kabudula Community Day Secondary Schools. I am sure the Minister will close the schools after the visit because girls and boys are living in rented houses, which have no window panes. There is no electricity, the rooms are infested with ants and some girls are living in thatched houses. Mr Speaker, Sir, if most of us went to such schools, I am sure we would not have been in this House,” said Nkanda.

Government Deputy Chief Whip Grace Chiumia stood on a point of order against remarks by Nkanda that the budget is politicised.

“ If you look in the budget books, you will see that funds have been allocated to all the districts, including the CDF (Constituency Development Fund) increment we are asking for, is for every Member of Parliament.,” she said.

Chiumia also said it “wrong” to say that girls who are sleeping in thatched houses will not be able to be MPs, saying others who used to walk to school are now in the National Assembly.

“Mr Speaker, Sir, we need to find ways on how to improve their accommodation. The Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development has shared with us information that he used to walk from Rumphi to Livingstonia to go to school, but today he is here. ,” said Chiumia.

Speaker of Parliament, Richard Msowoya , advised Chiumia that “ we do not debate opinions in the Chamber. That is the Member’s opinion and that is how she feels. If you disagree you can also rise up and talk about.”

Meanwhile, Mzimba South-west MP Khumbo Kachali asked Gondwe to consider reallocating the K500 million of State Residence allocation towards construction of banquet halls at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre and Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.

“Why is the construction of banquet halls so important at this time when so many budget allocations have been drastically reduced?” wondered Kachali.

Kachali, immediate past vice-president during former president Joyce Banda’s two-year tenure, received support from Rumphi East MP Kamlepo Kalua (People’s Party-PP) who repeatedly described the allocation as meant for “malo a chisangalaro…  [kumangodya amapwevupwevu].”

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Mulohmwe Wa kwa Golliat
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Mulohmwe Wa kwa Golliat

DPP plus UDF kkkkkkkkkkkk madeya plus mbava koma ziliko eeeeehhhhhh Agalu inu ooohhhh yes Agalu inu!!!!!!!!!

Julie
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Where is the logic here? Money to buy food, parliarment had to authorise a bill to borrow frm the World Bank, and yet you have managf to allocate K500mil to build banquet halls! Be human pls! You are there to think and consider for the poor, they voted you for that.

Hule Jean Mathanyula Petulo Kalira
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Hule Jean Mathanyula Petulo Kalira

Grace Chiumia pa chakuti pako. If Goodall Gondwe used to trek from Rumphi to Livingstonia that was then in the 1950s. So children of nowadays (2015) should be leading a life that Nganga Goodal Gondwe led? Ndiye osangolibwenzeranso dzikoli kwa atsamunda bwanji? Poti iwe kholo umanyamula chimanga chokazinga m’botolo popita ku school, so your children should also nyamula chimanga m’botolo? Cn we say we will develop with that kind of spirit? Get a life Grace Chiumia and also start applying something kunkhope kwakoko. No wonder you really lead a 1900 lifestyle.

Trevor Manyi
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Bwampini mathanyula akufuna
banqueting

Trevor Manyi
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92 BILLION woyeeee 577 BILLION woyeeee

Hoitty
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what the MP is saying is true. Better construct girls hostels than banquet halls at this lean time

Joseph Moyo
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a MCP ngat sukulu munti yadibwa nchiswe ndye mukufuna gondwe akaone akakupheren chiswecho?akupasen ndarama zina mujesenso nchiswe?ndinu anthu osasamala.amalawi mumaganiza kod a mcp akadakhala akulamula akadachita resist za banquet likukamba bomaz?now jelous limeneli lidampanga Bingu kupambana bwino mmbuyomu ngat mwaiwala a Tembo akut section65iyambe budget isatire.panonso mukut report liyambe kenako budget burn your hands as we watch you tikuonerani y do politicians repeat same mistakes.bingu repeated kamud

fredpa
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The future is worrysome..the first steps to the first 50 years was started with MCP, malawi saw universities,schools and infrastructure.on the unfortunate note,Malawi on the next 50 years journey has crooks,thieves,manipulators and pretenders

Nangozo
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Ine APM ndiye ayi!!!!!!

chisombezi likhunya
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Dont forget dpp is full of madeya, udf thieves pomwepo. This country can never develop with these kinds of leaders in front. Sorry for mother Malawi

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