Chisomo Children’s Club has accused Malawi government for the increased number of streets children flocking the streets, saying it is not showing interest in delaing with problem.
Chisomo Childrens Club Executive Director Charles Gwengwe said the figures are indeed rising because of ailing economy.
“The is need for government to address our social economic problems rocking the country because currently people are at risk because of social status we are going through since families have no food in their homes,” said Gwengwe.
Gwengwe said social protection expenditure is highly inadequate to address and reach all vulnerable people.
He said a country anywhere cannot expect to deal with the issue of street begging when its social protection budget is being cut each and every year.
Gwengwe gave an example that Ministry of Gender which received K5.9Billion in 2014 -2015 financial year while the same ministry received K3.7 billion during 2016-216 and this financial year, the ministry has just received K2.7Billion.
“This is the only Ministry which has to deal with all vulnerable in the country we talk about the elderly, children, poor men and women, disabled, now you can see that its a very critical ministry,” he said.
Gwengwe has since appealed to Government to make a budget review and increase the money to this vote.
“Evidence of the growing inequalities and continued poverty incidences amongst the most vulnerable is clear indication that there is need for renewed commitments. It is vital that government should ensure reprioritization of resources within its budget to ensure that it is pro poor and focused on the marginalised,” said Gwengwe.