Opposition demand accountability on budget: Poverty worse now than ever before in Malawi

Opposition parties say they will ask the government to account for the national budget passed last year, saying poverty among Malawians is worse than ever before.


Chakwera: Malawi lack moral capital

The major political parties said the government should give a convincing break down on how the money has been used.

Leader of opposition Lazarous Chakwera said they will demands  answers as to what happened to the money parliament approved last year for poverty to wear the ugly face.

He said MCP legislators will rap up Finance minister Goodall Godnwe on how the budget was used because of the worsening cost of living in Malawi.

“This country lack moral capital,” he noted on Capital Radio’s DayBreak Malawi program.

“We hardly adhere to principals. On paper we have wonderful plans and we make wonderful speeches [but in practise we do things differently],” he added.

People’s Party spokesperson Ken Msonda said: “If the money was used as parliament approved it, poverty levels would have lessened instead of worsening. Something is not adding up.”

However, ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesperson Francis Kasaira said it would be awkward for the opposition to ignite debate on the past budget.

“This meeting of parliament is called budget meeting because we want to discuss the 2016/17 national budget. The honourable members should discuss the forthcoming budget which the Finance minister will present to parliament next week,” he said.

He said there are laid down procedures on how a budget can be monitored.

President Peter Mutharika is expected to deliver his state of the nation address on Friday before Finance minister Goodall Gondwe presents the national budget to the House next Friday.

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23 thoughts on “Opposition demand accountability on budget: Poverty worse now than ever before in Malawi”

  1. nndebvuzamwayi says:

    Some of the money is being used as monthly salaries for dpp cadets who have been hired in all the State Houses.

  2. Apao Kugola says:

    If parliamentary procedures on budget preclude an assessment of the previous budget’s performance then the house is indeed suitable for misfits. It doesn’t require high academic qualification to know that after implementing a project (in our case the national budget) a thorough evaluation (pointing out where we did well or otherwise and then the Whys and Hows of that achioevement) is supposed to be done before embarking on the new project. Accounatbility should be a key tenet in the implementation and discussion of the national budget. But Kasaira wants the nation to continue squandering public resources without anybody questioning why we are failing pathetically in the region in areas of economic management.

    Shaa. To be highly educated and work in Malawi is a mockery to higher education.

    The Fearless Samurai

  3. Zoopsa says:

    Ine ndimaganiza kuti a Kasaila ndi a nzeru koma ndakhumudwa. Does this man really read public finance management act? My country, my foot!!!!! mxsiiiii

  4. mwana nyungwe says:

    Lazarous has a point and a fact here Kasaira only the law breaker fears the men in uniform so What ever your are telling Malawians is that you are afraid of the check and balance but we Malawians we are fine with it and we support it come what may

  5. Mwai says:

    The opposition on behalf of Malawians are the right people to demand not only accountability but also transparency in the way government spent last year’s allocations. I agree with the leader of the opposition that minister of finance must explain line by line how the money was spent. Otherwise they are just rubber stamping budgets that are going to Muthalika’s foreign bank accounts. No explanation no budget!! This corrupt government can not be given a blank check. Muthalika has been looting state resources with impunity. We need accountability. The minister is equally naive to demand that the parliament discuss this year’s budget and not last year’s who does he take Malawians for? We are not daft as he thinks.

  6. Kanyimbi says:

    Hahahahahahah! is this how a reasonable government can respond? Za chamba basi. What the opposition is saying is very good and welcome.Please to avoid embarasment, the Finance mininister should be prepared to respond. Otherwise no explanations no budget. What for?

  7. Hede says:

    Mahule onse go konko ku LLsko. Ngakhale Richard akudziwa kuti Jessie cannot sustain him as she is very spent. Bola juliana.

  8. paul says:

    With The kwacha devaluation which has already started as early as May, will the budget not be disturbed as they are pricing a budget which will not be enough, as fertiliser prices will go up, medicines, fuel, travelling local abroad, civil servants will ask for price increase, how will this budget work. It is time we follow Zimbabwe and adpot the US Dollar as our national currency as Malawi kwacha is unstable and we can not even make a budget in Malawi kwacha as almost certainly it will Lose value. We need a new Economic ideas as currently our economy is in Intensive care unit

  9. Mac says:

    Mukuti aKasaila kaya, inu mudakhala bwanji mukuti pabudget sipakhala kuona zambuyo kuti nthawi ija zidali zingati are serious?

  10. Kenkkk says:

    You can’t prepare a budget without first knowing how the previous budget performed or how the money allocated to the previous was used. Only Dpp thugs think otherwise. Kasaila, please know your responsibilities!!! Lying is what makes the devil of dpp.

    There is nothing wrong with what laz is requesting. In fact that is what is supposed to be done every year especially in a country as corrupt as ours which is led by the most corrupt govt ever formed. The opposition should be doing that every year requesting information on what was done with the budgeted money in the previous year. It is very important that we as Malawians tax payers know how the budget money for 2015/2016 was actually spent on the ground, was it spent as required or intended?

    These are simple questions which any meaningful govt would happily answer.

  11. Wiya Kalingamchibo says:

    How can Parliament approve 2016/17 budget if it doesn’t know how the 2015/16 budget performance. If parliament can approve the budget without reflecting on last year’s budget performance then Malawi doesn’t need this institution called parliament. I feel pity for Kasaira that at that level he can’t grasp the importance of reviewing how the current budget has performed. He is a minister for that matter and we expect anything good to come out of this government. So sad that Malawi has cabinet members who know nothing at all. We know they are very afraid because some monies collected by MRA are used by dpp before being deposited to account number one. I hope Hon CHAKWERA and your colleagues are aware that resources collected by MRA are being diverted by this administration to something for political consumption

  12. Just a question? says:

    The only thing that the opposition know is to beg its relevance when budget sessions meet, outside that, they are very irrelevant. Phokoso too much most of you not even a single chitukuko in your constituencies. We will as well demand explanation of where you used the CDF or else after this parliament, recall provision. Most MPs in the Centre you can’t point at what they have done in two years, like what LL City and Mz City are failing to do waht BT City and ZA Manucipality are doing.

  13. Mlomwe says:

    Another seven (7) weeks of drinking tea in parliament is here onceagain. Yes, close to two months of receiving K50,000.00 daily allowance just for wearing suits in the august house.
    Little do they know that what they call point-of-order are actually points-of-disorder

    The situation is even worse when the leader of opposition is a hypocrite like chakwera.

  14. Mlomwe says:

    We are more united when the parliament is NOT in session. And that is what the august house has achieved so far.

  15. Bololo wopanda ntchito says:

    As i already said, i dont knw where these bustards got this thing called Fransis Kasaira? What was the motive of making him a spokes person? He a stupit just as those who made him to a Cabinet Minister. This is one of the reasons why Malawi is not developing. People should know how last year’s budget have been used, are the budgeted projects finished? If yes, what were the challenges? If not implemented, Why? Why is it the economy is still under its feet? If Parliament is not checking, why should we need auditing? Frm the look of things, Corruption has out grown beyond the gvt control.

  16. ANALYST says:

    This country is in the hands of dogs! And BIG DOGS for that matter! You dont expect a Minister to willy-nilly say “this sitting is for the 2016-2017 budget, not the previous budget” – Really???? Ohhh, My God! And someone will comment here to defend the DPP and its policies here???

  17. esau says:

    kasayila we are tyred of your rabish comment.ukule mu nzelu

  18. munthu weni weni says:

    Is this Mr F. Kasaila’s thinking? Really, and we should be surprised with the rise of poverty amongst our people?

    parliament must ensure that dpp government makes full account of the money bills amounts borrowed including the toilets and boreholes bill aimed at improving sanitation. The maize amounts provided and explanation on how mera provided mk3 billion as addition to maize procurement and make sure there are tax reliefs on vat and paye as new levies will be introduced. Don’t endorse the ATI adulterated version nor the Communications Act that would take away our freedoms and wouldn’t free mbc.

  19. Omex70 says:

    Kasaila, guard your mouth. You want to take Malawians for a ride. Who told you that there no need to seek explanation on how the previous budget was used? Please you better shup up your unwise mouth rather than exposing your lack of wisdom here.

  20. His Excellence the Life President Wolemekedzeka Mkango Lion Chivomerezi Chisokonezo Artillery ArchMissile Manthakanjenjemereza says:

    The Secretary to the Treasury (ST) should be accounted for. e,g. July and August this year the funding was not given to govt departments. Where did this allocation go? Last year June funding was given to few depart. Where did the monies go? And there is a tendency by ST to give the funding a month after. hence affecting utility. Timing of funding should be questioned also. Otherwise Malawians are taken for aride.

  21. Mzakwacha, says:

    RT.HON.Chakwela is right.Let malawians know how last budget was used.Amalawi,poverty will be worse as far as peter qoata system mutharika is alive in state house.Khalani pasi mafumu,mcp,pp,aford,mabungwe ndi nonse amalawi,muchoseni ameneyo.Malawians are slaves just becoz of peter.Kumpoto,ninanena kale,ndi dziko lina very soon we will get independence.Meanwhile,we are slaves+,a peter qota system.Or budget ya 2016/17,dont expect good.Tiyiwona.I cry for malawi.Analakwa bakili kutenga bingu.Mutundu wopusa wachilomwe.Mzakwacha Nixon;pretoria+277249222992.

  22. Nkhuduza Kaluserela says:

    The leader of opposition is not honest. It is very clear as it was at the time of passing the 2015/16 budget that the budget was just another piece of paper with no significance to the development of Malawi. For the leader of opposition to assert that Minister of Finance should explain and account for the resources packaged in the 2015/16 budget raises fear as to whether Malawi has politicians who know anything about the management of the economy. It was obvious at the passing of the 2015/16 budget that nothing would come out of it in terms of changing the lives of Malawians and for anyone to have imagined that it would change our lives is sheer craziness. What the leader of opposition should demand is that this year’s budget should allocate more resources to productive sectors and empower Malawians to fend for themselves instead of perpetuating dependence. For example let FISP be a resource for agricultural productivity improvement by targeting farmers who can access it with capacity to repay. There are Many Malawian small scale farmers with capacity to repay loans as long as they are organized in groups. It bothers me that despite your numerical numbers in opposition you can’t change the structure of the budget but you just rubber stamp. This economy can ill afford subsidies as subsidies only perpetuates and aggravates our poverty levels.

  23. man says:

    mr kasaila, where are the checks and balances if you deny taking stoke of last yrs expenditure. how can somebody approves the new budget when the previous one is not reported how it was used. please don’t play with malawians and their taxes you are there because of us and we need full report on how our money was used.

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