Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has accused the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for keeping the gap between the rich and the poor widening.
MCP’s Divelias Zaipa MP for Mchinji South Constituency told parliament during his contribution to the 2015/16 budget statement that the proposed financial which Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe presented in Parliament on May 22, has nothing to offer to the poor.
He expressed worry that inequality is a threat to economic growth, saying it is “very pathetic” that government has reduced money on subsidised farm inputs.
Zaipa said the DPP government continues to widening the gap between the rich and the poor.
“How can the Minister increase allocations to the presidency and reduce those for the poor?,” wondered the MP and asked Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development to reduce the President’s Budget and increase allocations to those of the poor.
Zaipa said when it is an austerity budget “there is always a need for everybody to tighten the belts and those in the driving seats should be exemplary.”
He said: “How can the Minister of Finance increase allocations to the Presidency while teachers are serving under very poor conditions of service which needs immediate attention by the government.”
Zaipa called for an increase in the allocations to the law enforcement votes.
“I think the Judiciary, Police, Anti-Corruption Bureau and National Audit Office need a lot of money to carry out their duties efficiently,” he said.
Leader of the House, Fancis Kasaila rising on a point of order accused Zaipa that he misinformed the nation that Minister of Finance has increased resources only to the President’s Vote.
“I want to inform him that if he goes to his Budget Document under the Ministry of Youth; that budget line has been increased from K266 million to K5.4 billion, Education from K8.4 billion to K10.1 billion, RFA from K15 billion to K29.4 billion. This is just an example and therefore it’s not true to misinform the nation that it’s only the President’s Vote that has been increased,” explained Kasaila.
But Richard Chimwendo Banda MP for Dowa East (MCP) challenged Kasaila, saying he was out of order “to lie” that the Ministry of Youth Vote has been increased.
First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje asked go use a better word, noting that “lie” is unparliamentarily word.
Banda said: “I will give you three words: misinformed, lied and not telling the truth. But the point is, on the Ministry of Youth Vote; the K5 billion which is there it is a loan from the Chinese Government and it is for construction of a stadium. You have not increased funding to the Youth Vote. The Minister sitting close to you actually is looking at you and is he surprised.”
Kasaila said figures that he mentioned are in budgets voted for the House to approve.
He protested that it was “unprocedural” for Chimwendo Banda to be allowed to make a point of order out of another point of order which Mcheka-Chilenje agreed.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :