Tempers flare as Malawi MPs press for more money to National Assembly vote

Malawi Parliament prematurely adjourned Thursday as opposition wanted government to raise budget line for parliament a move Leader of the House Francis Kasaila described as unpatriotic.

Parliament had an early adjournement

Parliament had an early adjournment

The parliamentarians had successfully passed all but four votes, budget lines for each ministry including the contentious State Residences vote.

When Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe moved a motion on National Assembly indicating the law makers budget had been raised by K100 million to K84 billion.

However, the legislators said the K100 million increase was not enough and behind the scenes they were lobbying for K1 billion.

Most of the legislators expressed concern that the government failed to fund committee meetings.

One of them even suggested a raise in their K50,000 sitting allowance, saying the parliamentarians though called honourables, cannot afford hotel rooms but instead lodge in cheap low key areas of Chigwirizano or Bwandilo, arguing the allowance is not enough following the high cost of living.

Gondwe said treasury does not control National Assembly vote, saying the government funds parliament quarterly based on its annual budget and does not dictate which activity the money should be used.

He said after a newspaper report which said the government was withholding money for committee meetings, he inquired and discovered that the National Assembly has used 80 per cent of its budget allocations on committee meetings at the expense of other activities.

Leader of the House Francis Kasaira said it was unfortunate and unpatriotic for legislators to demand more money when Malawians are suffering due to harsh economic times.

However this did not go down well with the opposition MPs who demanded that the House be adjourned in order for them to consult and verify if indeed more money was used on committee meetings.

When the House reassembled, the government wanted the House to tackle the Office of the President and Cabinet first before taking on the National Assembly vote but this did not go down well with the opposition who kept on standing demanding to speak, causing commotion which forced First deputy speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje to adjourn the House to Friday.

This was after the same members of parliament successfully forced the government to reduce the State House vote by K300 million from K5.4m to K5.1m when initially government had wanted the budget to be raised by K3 billion.

Rumphi east MP. Kamlepo Kalua, Lilongwe Mapuyu South MP Dzoole Mwale and Salima South MP said legislators had no problems to pass the contentious OPC vote unless the National Assembly budget increase was effected.

Things nearly went out offhand when an appropriation bill was circulated in the House, indicating how much the House was to pass in the House.

Opposition MPs called this uncalled for, inappropriate, undemocratic as they would not be forced to rubber stamp the budget.

They said it was bizarre to circulate in the House the bill indicating how much the budget is when debate on budget line was ongoing. This forced Gondwe to withdrew the bill and apologise.

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Yoweri Magufuli
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Yoweri Magufuli
6 months 14 days ago
YOU CANNOT BE AN EMPLOYEE OF YOUR OWN UNLESS YOU ARE THE PROPRIETOR OF YOUR ENTITY, SADLY THIS IS THE CASE IN MANY POLITICAL DEMOCRATICAL SOCIETIES, SUGGETED OPTIONS WHICH I BELIEVE CAN INCREASE THESE ‘IDIOT’S PRODUCTIVITY FOR MALAWI; 1. MP’S SHOULDN’T BE ON A SALARY, A WAGE OR SESSION APPEARANCE ALLOWANCE SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT. 2. IF MP’S ARE TO BE SALARIED, THEN SITTING ALLOWANCES ARE TO BE ABOLISHED, PARLIAMENT IS THEIR OFFICE SO WHY SHOULD SOMEONE GET AN ALLOWANCE FOR ATTENDING HIS ROUTINE JOB IN HIS/HER OFFICE? 3. THE THREE ARMS OF GOVT (GAFFERMENT IF YOU LIKE) SHOULD ALL BE… Read more »
Manuel
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Manuel
6 months 14 days ago

Any wonder that malawians still trust MCP wth their vote? Just see how they make new standing order as they go along. A sign that wth MCP we can quickly go back to hardcore dictatorsip& that selfishness

Namarokoro
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Namarokoro
6 months 14 days ago

This is now the opposition headed by MCP (Leader Chakwera) who want more money ignoring the current economic situation. What more when you become ruling party? You either do not understand economics in Malawi or you are simply opposition idiots

Phwisa
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Phwisa
6 months 14 days ago

Really stupid , sensiless MPs. You fight hard to reduce budget for OPC and your presidency office saying its Mapwevupwevu budget. Malawi has big problems but here you have forgotten Malawians problems. So OPC is Mapwevupwevu anf yours is money for sweat

vilimukuchamukucha
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vilimukuchamukucha
6 months 14 days ago

Stupit ZANU all members of the house why discussing of raising ur sitting allowaces instead of tabling the problems of hunger & shortage of drugs in government hospitals.Zili bwino muzigona Ku chigwiri nanga sii ndalama mumathera ma hule mumagalimoto mwanu mumangonunkha mwankhwala a ma ARV akakuwonjezelani ndalamazo mukufuna mutiphere asikani athu panyo panu ndithu akhwangwara odya zonunkhu kuiwala kuwola kwawo” Muli ndi problem”

Mbuya
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Mbuya
6 months 14 days ago

If dat money is less just resign mukufuna muzikanyekhera mahule dat is enough

Bololo
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Bololo
6 months 14 days ago

Dziko Lili mmanja mwa agaru ili. Malawian youth wil suffer for the fulishness of this idiots. Malawi a moto!!!

Marco Rubio
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Marco Rubio
6 months 14 days ago

In Zambia they have a parliamentary village where parliamentarians get their spouses with them during the sessions. By doing that, you will never find some scandals like kupezeka ndi mahule. Its all about self respect kungoti zikatero ndiye kuti ma allaowances adzawadula because in the parliamentary village mumakahlanso mashop a duty free ndiye everything is cheap. ena ovutawo amalowetsa zibwenzi koma since its a public knowledge mkazi kapena mamuna wa MP aliyense amakaonzekera kukasamala chinthu chake. we can do that!

Nathan
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6 months 14 days ago

Mukuti simungakwanitse kulemba aphunzitsi, ma nurse ndiponso anthu akufa ndi njala koma inu mukudziwonjezera ndalama zokhalira pa mpando ndi zopitila ku chimbuzi, kodi pali chilungamo pamenepa?

Truth
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Truth
6 months 14 days ago

This is a very good and active parliament which is good foe democracy. The Executive must be held fully accountable.

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