Opposition trash Goodall’s statement seeking extra K32m: Malawi Mid-Term Budget

Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and People’s Party (PP) have trashed the minister of finance’s mid-term statement presented in Parliament on Friday proposing a supplementary expenditure amounting to K32 billion( $64-million).

Gondwe:  government missed its target on both domestic revenue—which comprises tax and non-tax revenue—and grants by K36.6 billion.t

Gondwe: government missed its target on both domestic revenue—which comprises tax and non-tax revenue—and grants by K36.6 billion.t

In his statement, Gondwe said government has under-spent by 1.5 percent of the total expenditure of the targeted K365.7 billion by mid-year.

The Finance Minister told the House that the implementation of the 2014/15 zero-aid budget  had  faced setbacks due to the under-collection of domestic resources and a lack of grants from donors.

Donors pulled aid out of Malawi following revelations that public resources had been pilfered in a corruption scandal known locally as “Cashgate.” Auditors claim the government lost close to $100 million as a result of the fraud.

Malawi was left with no choice but to craft a zero-aid budget for 2014/15.

“This requested extra funding is due to an interest bill that increased by 26 billion Malawian kwacha [some $52 million] and the Farm Input Subsidy Program, which increased by 10 billion Malawian kwacha [about $20 million],” Gondwe said.

The minister  proposed scaling down of the 2014/15 development programme to the five votes and transferring resources between votes as necessary.

The notable votes that have overspent include the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) which spent 63 percent of its annual vote by December 31st, 2014, the National Assembly (63 percent), the Accountant General’s Department (60 percent), the Malawi Police Service (156 percent), the Malawi Electoral Commission (99 percent) and the Immigration Department (62 percent).

“These, therefore, are among the votes that will require supplementary resources to allow them to operate to the end of the financial year,” he said.

Opposition parties, however, criticized the minister’s statement as “empty.”

MCP rubbished Gondwe’s statement as “concealing” and “lacking in specifics.”

MCP spokesperson on financial matters Joseph Njobvuyalema said Gondwe failed to outline how government has implemented the Farm Input Subsidy Programme as well as the cement and iron sheets subsidy.

“We did not hear how  the two main projects aimed at poverty reduction have performed,” said Njobvuyalema as quoted by Weekend Nation.

He said MCP expected Gondwe to provide details on how government has dealt with outstanding payments it owes the private sector.

Leader of PP in Parliament, Uladi Mussa, said his party would have loved to hear about “the magic” that has led to the stabilisation of the kwacha.

According to Mussa, his party has information that government borrowed money to help in the stabilisation of the currency.

“Gondwe was supposed to enlighten us on this allegation,” said Mussa as quoted by the paper.

Leaders of political parties represented in Parliament are expected to start reacting to the minister’s speech next Monday.

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NZATHUZOMWE
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Useless opposition seeking clarification on what then what are they expected to do

Nana Nyamchete
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On the said subsidy program I really don’t understand how it has been implemented this season bcoz there’re other areas who have not yet received their full allocations and a good example is Makande Admarc(Ngabu Area) which received only 900 bags of Urea fertilizer but no NPK uptodate.So many intended benefiaries are still having the coupons.Opposition to seek clarification on the implementation of 2014/2015 subsidy program

Uchindami
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Mutu wankhani K32m koma mu ndime yoyamba K32b! Chikuchitika nchiyani?

wayunda
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wamalawi waseweleskeka

david missi
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Am told in developed countries when one overspend is arrested immediately no discussion so Malawians what are going to do with over spenders advice please

david missi
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Did we had flood in national assembly parliament for them to overspend to 63% of their allocation in the first quarter our govt in waiting imeneyo

politician
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Opposion at work . kkkkkk

politician
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Opposion @work. Kkkkkk

aljx
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0 my CongressParty Ithought Chakwera would bring non jealousy politicS but alas let us play for our leader cChakwera. To play vissionary leadership not to be led by jealousy Kabwira Kapasula as name indicates dont close your eyes elections ahead we want to see God in your not jealousy and ill will .Dont be rude. Only satan is interested in ill will.Please be it far from you

Okhrana
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Ukuona ngati akufa ndi ma flood ndi alomwe hede ndi asenatu. Alomwe nga nzeru amamanga mapiri. Kukalonga ndi mangochi nso kuli alomwe? Ndiwe chindere chakufikapo

Mtupatupa
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For some dptments to overspent its reasonable, like the MDF, their helicopters are and hav been rescuing the flood victims whch could not wait for approval. Am not sure for Malawi Police Service, and for MEC am also not satisfied with this overspending becoz the money for elections were already in the previous year budget. To say about the stablisation of the Kwacha, i believe there is somethng bad these people have done, becoz Malawi had had no water neither power from October to January, there is no production whch can be done without water and power whch can be… Read more »
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