UN, partners give $9.2m: Chakwera demands ‘breakdown’ of Malawi floods money

Malawi government should give the country a breakdown on how disaster response money have been spent, leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera  has demanded.

Chakwera with President Mutharika: There should be transparency

Chakwera with President Mutharika: There should be transparency

Chakwera said in parliament that before making further adjustments and allocations to disaster funds, government should be transparent and accountable to what has been spent already.

“It’s not enough just to say we have increased funding to all flood victims,” said Chakwera reacting in support of the Midyear Budget Review, delivered on Friday by Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe.

“ First, we need to know how the money which was initially allocated has been used. Then we can begin to add more money. Otherwise where is this money going?” he added.

Chakwera,  who is also president of Malawi Congress Party (MCP), pointed out that there are reports “that relief is not reaching the vulnerable people and this is raising questions as to how the funds are being used and here we are bloating the allocations.”

He continued: “ What we need is this government to be accountable. that’s all.”

Meanwhile, Reuters report that the United Nations and its partners have allocated $9.2 million in emergency funding to save lives and and bring help to people in three districts hardest hit by floods in southern Malawi.

The money will help provide food, shelter, education, water, sanitation, agriculture and other emergency aid to more than 270,000 people affected by floods in Chikwawa, Nsanje and Phalombe districts, the world body said.

“As well as helping to feed displaced people, …the CERF funding will support re-planting, where feasible, this harvest season to ensure families who have lost everything including their crop are not food insecure until the next harvest in 2016,” UN Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo said in a statement.

The majority of the funding – $6.9 million – will come from the U.N. Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which can release cash quickly after a disaster without aid agencies having to wait for donations to roll in, the statement said.

More than $2.2 million will come from the Humanitarian Window, a U.N.-run local mechanism, with donations from the UK International Development Department, the Flanders International Cooperation Agency and the Norwegian Embassy in Malawi

 

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david missi
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Me all need to be truthful our current sParliament is controlled by MCP why has they overspend in the mid year sharing allowances at best can the leader of opposition look at this too orche is an interested party hippocricy is not good at all Abusa let’s learn to say the truth for Malawi to grow not falsehood….

justin
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It is very important for government to be accountable for every transaction.So nothing wrong for Chakwera to demand that.

Wakwithu
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Kodi Chakwera nde otinso? Tandikumbutsani onthuni

Marimar
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Chakwera, zinthu akamachita wina zimakhala zosavuta kuziyankhula. Tiuzeni nanunso mwasatanesatane mmene munagwiritsira ntchito ndalama ya Mulungu imene timapereka sunday lirilonse komanso yochokera kunja? I know u were one of the cashgaters of God’s money in our church. There was no transparency and accountability on ur part. Remember it was God’s money from poor people. Yu don’t deserve to be called reverend. It fits u to be in that dirty game(politics).kkkkkkkkkkoone of the

Phodogoma
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Malawians are fools. Why asking the government for accountability yet you are the same people who argued that donors should not channel its donations via account number 1. You succeeded. Yet you want government to be accountable. Accountable for what? Did you approve special budget for relief items. Please ask the WORLD VISION to produce cash inflows and outflows as it was World Vision that was receiving all the donations.MWAPULIKA.

Peter
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Imagine Macra spending K30,000,000.00 on 20 bags of maize,20 bags of beans and 20 bags of salt. Please stop this barbaric behavior.

aphiri
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He is talking about government increasing budget allocation for disaster management not donor relief aid. School is important. Chizungu cha chakwera chimakuvutani kumva koma cha jean kalilani ndi nankhumwa.kkk

Mccarthy
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Most people in Malawi, they don’t love their country: and Chakwera is trying to fight for poor, but most fools; they do not understand what Chakwera talking about” shame on u.

KANDAWE
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WEAKLIKS? thats wy u r weakliks! stupid nickname, ideas, and the way u r, indeed u r very weak and poor the way u think and understand things

Nyani wa ku Mwananyani
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Nyani wa ku Mwananyani
This APM (and Chilima) government is probably the most responsible and transparent one we’ve had in this country over a long time. This is a fact – not even arguable: MCP regime was probably the least transparent in our history. The good reverend should always have a historical perspective, abale inu. And people are even afraid that oChakwera, if he becomes president, he will continue with the same corrupt tendencies that were common in his denomination when he was leader. And with the same extreme “have it all” (zonse ndi za Kamuzu), and by seizing property by hook or crook.… Read more »
Zosautsa
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Koma ndiye kusemphana nayo nkhani. I think you were scoring less than 20% in class. Comment on issues not personality. APM and Chilima have been in govt for 10 months only which most accountability r u talking about.
MCP had its weaknesses and strengths as well. It is the only party that did tangible development. Ndiye nkhani ili apa ndiyoti account how you have spent what was allocated before we consider additional allocation, inu mwati ayi, why? Mufuna mubenso ngati K92 billion?

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