DPP trashes Tonse budget: Mwanamvekha says Malawians have been duped

Main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  has  dubbed the Tonse Alliance  first national budget as a wasted opportunity with former Treasury czar Jospeh Mwanamvekha saying the economic fundamentals delivered by Finance Minister Felix Mlusu  do not give confidence.

Mwanamvekha during budget presentation on Friday. Photo (C)Govati Nyirenda 

Mwanamvekha, who is DPP spokesperson of finance in Parliament, said he will give a comprehensive response to the budget statement in the House, but in nutshell said he was impressed with measures to enforce fiscal discipline  and the  revenue mobilisation strategy .

He also said one of the strength of the fiscal plan is the organizing informal sector into cooperatives is transformative both from the perspective of facilitating their growth and from the perspective of broadening tax base.

However, Mwanamvekha pointed out that the budget has failed to, among other things , roll out implementation of the  pledged universal fertiliser subsidy , reduced fees for  passports, duty free weeks, and zero-connection fees for electricity and water.

“The Tonse Alliance administration has in essence duped Malawians as it first promised to implement a Universal Subsidy but we have seen that it has actually backtracked by bringing a completely different version of targeted subsidy,” said Mwanamvekha in an interview with Nyasa Times in reaction to the 2020/21 budget statement.

He added: “Malawians have been cheated  and  should be reminded that not all that glitters is gold. The Tonse Alliance administration promised a litany of things to Malawians but they are nowhere in the budget. They  promised to take Malawians to Cannan but in actual truth, we are going back to Egypt.”

Mwanamvekha said: “ Most of what was promised by Tonse Alliance has not been provided for in the budget.”

He also accused the Tonse Alliance of “copy and paste” in most of parts of the budget which he said were what the DPP has done.

However, Mlusu defended the Affordable Input Program (AIP), saying it is not far from being a universal subsidy programme.

Mlusu said only 4.2 million farmers will access the cheap fertilizer  which will be sold at MK4,495.00 per 50Kg bag.

“This not far from being a universal subsidy program assuming an average family size of four people, which gives approximately 16.8 million people that will be covered under this program out of the 17.6 million people in Malawi.

“Each farming household will purchase two 50 kg bags of fertilizer at a price of MK4, 495.00 per bag.”

Mwanamvekha also pointed out that the national  budget has also failed to give Malawians  hope in terms of management of coronavirus pandemic.

“The budget has not provided strategies or measures that government, through ministry of finance, will put in place to address the Covid-19 pandemic. In a nutshell, Tonse Alliance government has failed Malawians in management of Covid-19 and in the process we may end up losing more lives as a result of governments’ lack of focus,” he said.

Mwanamvekha further pointed out that the projected K1.179 domestic revenue in the budget is likely to be unattainable.

Said Mwanamvekha: “The economic fundamentals do not give confidence that such amount can be realized.”

He said the development expenditure at 23% continues to be low and lower than estimates in previous years, saying the development component  has failed to pass the development budget test as the minimum threshold internationally is 25 percent.

Mwanamvekha accused the Tonse Alliance  government of cheating those who voted it to power.

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Joseph phiri
Joseph phiri
8 days ago

Hahahaha kodi mwati mwanavekayu adali ndiyake budget…..??? Dpp sinabwereko ndi budget yopindulira a Malawi koma mbava basi.. Dpp is a bag of robbers people that can not be trusted. I will be happy to see mwanaveka atakhala chete if alindizeru. Koma poti ndichibekete apitiliza zopusa zakeko.

Malawian of the North and Central each and every year working and paying tax for the people of the south. Now enough is enough everyone through this budget must work for his generation

Marumbo
8 days ago

And the SONA which Nankhumwa delivered was the most powerful to the extent that Chakwera has already appeared in parliament to respond to it. In his response, Chakwera ably addressed Nankhumwa more than 20 times paying attention and respect to strong points which Nankhumwa put in his SONA. Phwaaaaaaa abusa apenga kale.

Rodrick Phiri
Rodrick Phiri
8 days ago
Reply to  Marumbo

Tulo a Malawi. Chakwera analonjeza pa campaign kuti mujamuvotera azidzabwera Ku parliament kudzayankha mafuso. Ndiye Iwe unamuvotera Ndiye pano uzilankhula zako zako

Medson
Medson
9 days ago

Zawavuta a Tonse alliance
Ukanama zikuchedwa kucha

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
9 days ago

ce mwanaveka munasulutsa ciz8mba munkaenda naco cija. Mulungu si Joseph.
kuba inaba iwe kuja mpaka kuyamba geni ya nkhuku ndi kale lose munalibe inu. mpaka zina ndalama kumanyengela tiana ti ma slay queens. kkkk ka nkaladi kaja. koma cikondi anakoza ndithu.

inu badikilani 2085 mpamene Pitala azakuloweseniso m mu boma atanyenyanyenya
kuwafinya
kusokoneza
kuzunguza ndipo kuponya ci bomb kwa a Malawi tosefe.

maso ngati kangombwa eti tamuoneni.
inhokhalani pasi mulibe nfundo mukutithobwa mmaso

Bristone Mabichi
Bristone Mabichi
9 days ago

Opposition must start showing maturity, otherwise you will be history if you miss 2025; ask UDF guys. We clearly see that Mwanamveka’s budget was worse and all the mones ended in your pockets.

Sarah sarah
Sarah sarah
8 days ago

How was mwanaveka budget worse that this one? Just saying it does make it true. Mwanaveka budget was so good so much so that people duped it a campaign budget but in essence took into consideration the economic effects of coronavirus. As an economist he understood the shrinking of trade and exports in these time and the likelihood of recession, not this appealing to donors thing and missing the minimum threshold

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
8 days ago
Reply to  Sarah sarah

anali kuti nthawi yammbuyoyi?
Mxii anatanganidwa ndi A4 azao ali pa A5.
ia Malawi sakufuna za mmapepala zokha koma hands on the ground. cifukwa no matter how big or good the budget was there, sipakanaonekapo cocita than ndalamazo kungogawana a DPP.
LIP SERVICE AMAITHATU.
Jappie ndi botomani yao ija.kkkkk
mukutithobwa mmaso ia malawi maso ali cithogolo

msundwe
msundwe
8 days ago
Reply to  Sarah sarah

Campaign budget sikuyamikira koma kunyoza. Ndangodutsa

HAHAHA
HAHAHA
8 days ago
Reply to  Sarah sarah

Obsession with filling the country with Stadia is a good budget these days? ok

Unable to collect taxes. Actually systematic policy of tax evasion and fraud. K4.1 deficit included.

Ok. We believe you Sarah sarah

Phiri
Phiri
9 days ago

Mwanamvekha, please, give us a break! You drove this country into unimaginable debt. You became finance minister on the back of being Lomwe but those of us who know you, you should not have been anywhere near the Finance Ministry. You record cannot inspire anybody. Sometimes, it is better to keep quiet. People will respect you.

Sarah sarah
Sarah sarah
8 days ago
Reply to  Phiri

Lol show some objectivity please. Mwanaveka a qualified economist, a former banker who was a bureaucrat at the ministry of finance, and a successful agriculture minister credited of bolstering food security was not qualified to be a finance minister?
For the record, under his stewardship Malawi had macroeconomics stability even when the country faced floods, drought, fall armyworms that disrupted our backbone, agriculture.
Please say something else, not this! Or continue following your charted insurer as an economist who don’t know basic macro and micro

Rodrick Phiri
Rodrick Phiri
8 days ago
Reply to  Sarah sarah

Koma amayendera xithumwa. Ndiye pano zinasuluka. Ukamuona skuchita kumvetsa chisoni. Kaya pomatha 2 yrars Nfiye azioneka bwanji kaya

msundwe
msundwe
9 days ago

Paja amakonda kugona mu parliament madalawa sanamve zomwe mzao amanena akhululukireni. Azipita akapange disciplinary hearing ya Jefu wa Jefu ndiye zomwe atsala nazo

Chikoti
Chikoti
9 days ago

4.2 million families, yes, but two bags of fertilizer per household..munda okwana matumba awiri siungatulutse chimanga chokwana kudya anthu 4, whole year..so its not near universal subsidy…and ma legumes sanapangidwe prioritise, as this is the biggest commercial area of a subsistence farmer….waiting for the implementation of the budget..in all this Malawialns must see a change for the better….

Innocent
Innocent
8 days ago
Reply to  Chikoti

Ndipotu si matumba awiri monga zikumvekera akamatiuza. Its one 50kg bag. 1 npk and 1 urea which are applied tothe same crop. Ndiye muganize kuti munda olowa thumba limodzi mkutulutsa chimanga chodya anthu 4 chaka chonse.

Rodrick Phiri
Rodrick Phiri
8 days ago
Reply to  Innocent

Tikumamva mosiyana. Zachuluka Ndi ndale Apa ndithu

Rodrick Phiri
Rodrick Phiri
8 days ago
Reply to  Chikoti

Kodi munthu wamkulu amadya chimanga chochuluka bwanji pa chaka? Think and anlyse odangolemba Bola mwalemba ayi

Wenga wenga
9 days ago

kkkkkkkk Mwanamveka dont make me to collapse or faint, what do you mean go back to Egypt, you mean DPP was having full of tyrant leaders not so, zinazi posutsa tiziona koma munali mommotu bwanji you failed to implement such development mr mwanamveka

Cathbert Ndeule
Cathbert Ndeule
9 days ago

I first met Mwanamveka when he was Secretary to the Treasury and I was working in the Ministry of Health. At that time the Ministry had a challenge whereby it was supposed to absorb into its payroll over 4,000 HSAs who had been recruited and were being paid using The Global Fund resources. The meeting comprised of officials from DHRMD and MoH. The then Budget Director in Treasury Department facilitated the meeting. I liked the way he provided direction in resolving the issue by saying the government cannot afford to lay off all the HSAs without considering the negative effects… Read more »

Sarah sarah
Sarah sarah
8 days ago

First thank you for acknowledging Mwanaveka statue. But I fail to understand why you haven’t seen his point of view. Those tonse alliance promises were main signature election promise, Chilima was carrying a fertilizer bag to every campaign rally and promising that this will be impremented as soon as they got into govt. Mwanaveka is right to claim Malawians, especially rural Malawian were duped. Him coming from leading agricultural ministry and finance, he knows the importance FISP played in achieving those food security. But it’s important to make politicians accountable on their promises especially those main signature promise. Airports and… Read more »

okhay
okhay
8 days ago
Reply to  Sarah sarah

This is personal for our friend here.
Can’t be objective at all.

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