University of Malawi’s Chancellor College-based political analyst Dr Boniface Dulani has faulted and attributed President Peter Mutharika’s failure to win back budgetary support to his inconsistent position on the issue of donor aid.
Dulani also told Malawi’s flagship daily, The Nation’s Political Index that the country’s economic policies continue to make the nation unattractive investment destination with Malawians heavily squeezed with punitive taxes making domestic savings and investment impossible.
“On the issue of the President’s failure to win back donor support, I believe one of the main contributing factors has been his inconsistent position on the issue.
“One moment, the President is pleading with the donors to reopen the aid taps, making promises to meet all conditionalities. A few days later, he goes all macho and claims that Malawi does not need aid. Such inconsistencies and policy failures are certainly not a a good strategy to kick-start the econoy or win back donor support,” says Dulani.
The Zomba-based political analyst also advised the current administration to practice “austerity measures with reality rather than simply by word of mouth”.
He observed that government’s efforts “have been more in speech that in deed”.
However, Dulani patted Mutharika on the back for maintaining a lean Cabinet, claiming government has made some savings through salaries and other benefits that have been foregone.
Dulani furthers advised government to create a conducive environment for both foreign and domestic investors, saying this would lead to job creation and simultaneously widen the tax base and contribute to increased exports.
“For this to happen, the government needs to revisit its business and tax policies. In the year that has just ended, we had to pay punitive taxes for every poor service delivery,” asserts Dulani.
Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe will table revised 2015/16 budget in the August House next month.
Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya announced that Parliament will reconvene from February 22 to March 18 for the Mid-year budget review and this will be the second meeting of the 46th Session.
The 46th Session of Parliament was initially opened on November 6 2015 by President Mutharika.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :