DPP scoffs at ‘sham’ 2020/21 Tonse budget for Malawi: ‘ The breaking of voters promises’

Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesperson on finance  Joseph Mwanamvekha on Monday punched holes in  the  K2.2 trillion maiden substantive budget for the Tonse Alliance administration,  christened the 2020/21 budget as a consumptive financial plan as opposed to development-oriented as 92 percent of domestic revenues are financing recurrent expenditures.

Mwanamvekha: Tonsepromised to take Malawians to Canaan but most of what was promised has not been provided for in the budget.  “Malawians have been cheated and not all that glitters is gold.

=Political parties represented in Parliament have started to give their official input to the budget as the House reconvened  on Monday  for general debate having broken into cluster committees  to scrutinise the fiscal plan.

Finance Minister Felix Mlusi presented the budget —with domestic revenue projected at K1.2 trillion or 20.1 percent of gross domestic product (GDP)— on September 11 2020.

Commenting in his capacity as DPP’s spokesperson on finance, Manamvekha faulted the budget, saying the budget is unfriendly to the business sector as no fiscal incentives necessary for cushioning and supporting the struggling private sector during this Covid-19 period have

been provided.

He congratulated Mlusi for what he called  his bravery by accepting the appointment of Minister of Finance at the time when the country is at the crossroads.

“I know the Minister as a professional, experienced and capable person. However, he has been put at the very deep end of the sea by being tasked to deliver on unattainable and insurmountable promises which he was not party to. I feel sorry for the Honorable Minister of Finance and we will keep him in our prayers,” said Mwanamvekha, an immediate former Finance Minister.

He said the financial plan is  “unrealistic”  because all assumptions used in the Budget are “overlay exaggerated.”

Said Mwanamvekha: “ It is overburdening in debts as it proposes a yawning worst ever budget deficit in the history of this country of K754.8 billion which is equivalent to 7.5 percent of the budget.”

Mwanamvekha  and lastly the national budget is a total loss to Malawians because all the promises made during the June 23  Fresh Presidential elections have not been featured.

“In effect, I agree with the description of this budget by the Consumers Association of Malawi, who described it as a ‘sham,” said Mwanamvekha.

Said Mwanamvekha: “Madam Speaker, it is sad to note that the very same Malawians that queued up that chilly Tuesday morning on 23rd June 2020 to cast their vote, waited with unabated breath to hear the Hon Finance Minister unpacking the flagship Tonse Alliance consolidated manifesto into reality and a budget that takes them to the promised land, but alas! they had a rude awakening to note that they will never see the promised land.

“Malawians were in shock and in total disbelief hearing the Minister ending his budget statement without mentioning most of the promises made during the campaign period.”

He said  Malawians feel cheated that the Tonse Alliance maiden budget was elusive on the promises of  universal subsidy program where every Malawian anxiously waited with abated breath to be buying a 50 Kilogram bag of fertilizer at K4,495.

Some of the issues he said Malawians were expecting in the budget included; The K15,000 monthly allowance for the senior citizens aged 65 and above; Free water and electricity connections; The mega farms that should have helped to realize the yet another failed promise of one million jobs in the first year of the Tonse Alliance Government; Obtaining a Passport at a reduced price of K14,000 from the initial K90,000.

Other he said included; The 400 modern roads within 8 months of Tonse Alliance administration; The construction of Health Centers on every 7 kilometers and the much talked about three meals a day.

“Madam Speaker, it is even shocking to note that the budget is silent on Covid-19 risk allowances for medical doctors, nurses, teachers, the police, immigration and the prison staff just to mention but a few.

“Madam Speaker, if the aforementioned is anything to go by, then it is quite surprising that the Budget should have the theme ‘Living the Promise.’ Which promise Madam Speaker? Otherwise, Madam Speaker, the most appropriate theme for the 2020/2021 Budget should have been ‘the Breaking of the Voters Promises’. That would have augured well with the Budget which was presented in this august House,” he said.

The general debate on the budget is expected to conclude with a speech by the Finance Minister. Immediately after the winding speech, the House will go into a Committee of Supply.

The House will then pass the Appropriation Bill and also consider any remaining business on the Order Paper before adjournment of Parliament Sine Die.

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Anaconda Mfune
Anaconda Mfune
8 months ago

For the first time, i have seen a responsible opposition in Malawi. All the points cited are spot-on. Unfortunately, the message and advice presented will fall on deaf ears due to the alliance’s pride and pomposity. I am surprised to read one idiot saying DPP left no money; if they left no money, how come we are talking of the foreign reserves holding only less than 3.5 months only in its coffers whilst when the previous Reserve Bank Governor left more than is mentioned was left, and under whose watch has the money been depleted? To cap-it-off, the Pastor and… Read more »

Manyazi Chakwera.
8 months ago

Chakwera shall clock 100 days in office next week. What shall he point as his achievement? Anzake by the 100th day, Bakili had already introduced free primary school education and mass employment of teachers etc; Bingu had already introduced fertilizer and seed subsidy program, the Green Belt program, the Shire-Zambezi waterway, plus five new universities; Joice Banda had already transferred the Bingu stadium from BT to Lilongwe and launched Mudzi transformation trust plus the kabaza and a-cow-a-family project though senseless; APM had already introduced Community Technical Colleges, Rural electrification program, Malata Subsidy and City roads among others. Koma Chakwerayu what… Read more »

chipatso mbewe
chipatso mbewe
8 months ago

mmesa inu munkati tizakhala ngati tiri ku Singapore?

mtete
mtete
8 months ago

I would have excused the comments had they come from Mchacha I didn’t expect such a response from a seasoned financial guru as Mwananvekha.
The Tonse Alliance government has been in power for just 100 days and he expects in that time free water and electricity connections, clinics within 7km, reduced passport fees support for the elderly etc, etc before the budget is even passed? Ofcource his duty is to analyse and offer constructive criticism but I see he is opposing for the sake of it.

chipatso mbewe
chipatso mbewe
8 months ago

A Mwanavekha khalani chete. Inu zinakukanikanitu, ndiye lero mukusunzumira za anzanu 3 months yokhayi , inu mutatha zaka 5, mwalemba mmadzi baba, mukunama inuyo, zingowonererani basi, anzanu akuyendatsa boma mwa english osati mwa chilomwe muja mumachitira inumu. mmesa munadzadzana alomwe okha okha mmenemu, alekeni anzanu azungu awa, osaba, osakondera, opanda nkhanza, zikapangani campaign kuja kuli ma elections ku kaya , muchedwatu mukasowa poyambira iyaaaaa

Mtumbuka wa Zeru
Mtumbuka wa Zeru
8 months ago

Its only three months you lomwe thief and idiot, we are miles ahead of your stupid DPP government so cry and cry but we are beating you hands down, just wait, its only three month from June.

harry
harry
8 months ago

Mwanamveka yu mmangeni. Akulubwalubwa koma iyeyu alibe milandu. Let him release the money he stole the we run the govt

nyarugwe
nyarugwe
8 months ago

DPP have to say something, what can they do they have to oppose for the sake of doing so. They are angry because there no money for them to steal

Mwini muzi
8 months ago

That’s the job of the opposition to interrogate the budget whether to like it or not. There are some promises that could have been included in the budget ti be effected immediately: stipends for the elderly over 65, the passport fee reduction, free connections for water and electricity, no renewal to drivers licences – all these should have been immediate. All other promises that Mwanamveka has mentioned should have highlighted on a project plan indicating sources of funding on the budget. What message are they sending to Malawians if they keep mum?

Last edited 8 months ago by Mwini muzi
Nalipule
8 months ago
Reply to  Mwini muzi

How can the new government fulfil campaign promises straightaway when billions were stolen from the same government? The Tonse government has inherited this huge debt in the government and Mwanamweka is trying to sound clever when he is well aware of the situation.

Gologolo
Gologolo
8 months ago
Reply to  Mwini muzi

Do clearly dont have a passport or a drivers licence for that matter. Ma pasipoti we dont pay for every year mwe.

Bauleni12
Bauleni12
8 months ago

In a year or 2 Malawians will remember this. Malawians are very slow learner’s. They will catch on and realise the Tonse dream is a full of sand.

Phaloni
Phaloni
8 months ago
Reply to  Bauleni12

Tonse alliance government is miles better than the thieving DPP government. How many campaign promises were not honoured by the thieving DPP government? Mutharika failed even the simplest campaign promise of trimming presidential powers! DPP government will never be missed.

Bauleni12
Bauleni12
8 months ago
Reply to  Phaloni

The same Muntharika who built that area 18 carriage way, community colleges and many other things? What has Tonse done?show us

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