Goodall ‘wachekula’! Malawi MPs call on Finance Minister to resign over K4bn ‘illegal expenditure’

Members of Parliament  (MPs) are  demanding for the resignation of  Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe  for “failure to execute his duties.”

Goodall: Go!

The MPs demand Gondwe’s immediate resignation or dismissal, saying he has failed  his duties by spending about K4 billion without Parliament’s authority on about 86 constituencies belonging to government legislators and others associating with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairperson Alekeni Menyani,  who is also Dedza  North West MP (Malawi Congress Party – MCP) said the country’s purse-keeper is abusing the tax-payers funds.

“We are gravely concerned with the manner the minister is handling public funds,” Menyani said.

He also said Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) should move in to investigate how the funds were abused as gratification to some MPs, saying it is “illegal for Finance Minister to spend without the House’s approval.”

Menyani said the expenditure is criminal as  “no money can be  spent from the Consolidated Fund without the approval of the House.”

He said Gondwe cannot continue to flout the law, he should resign or the appointing authority should fire him.

According to Nkhata Bay North West MP Comodius Nyirenda (independent)  said government legislators  wanted the fund to be shared “ secretly” but Malawi News on Saturday exposed that K3.4 billion was allocated ti 86 MPs who voted against the Electoral Reforms Bills in December, translating to K40 million per beneficiary constituency.

But Gondwe said the money also benefitted some opposition MPs, saying it is a first phase of  developing rural areas.

According to Gondwe, other legislators will get  their share in the next budget session.

He said  President Peter Mutharika advised him to concentrate on on rural development and he asked Minister of Local Government  and Rural Development Kondwani Nankhumwa  to help identify  constituencies  to benefit in the first phase.

Commentators have also argued that Gondwe is not the same sharp young World Bank economist that he once was and pressure may just be too much for him.

“Malawians need a Finance Minister that gives people hope and confidence ,” social-political commentatorAllan Ntata  said.

Malawi News columnist George Kasakula said old age has caught up with Gondwe who holds a position that requires active and fresh minds that are flexible with latest trends in economy.

“ This is nothing personal but the Finance Minister should be spending time telling fireside stories to his grand children, and not managing our economy,” Kasakula wrote.

Many concerned citizens said a younger finance minister would fix the economy.

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Shithole Country
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Does it surprise you when Donald Trup calls you or us a shithole country? This is one of the reason. This is a country where taxpayers manoey is being stolen to appease jus a few. Goodall is now Badall Gondwe. I listen to Chilima lecture yesterday and I believe it was just lip service. Chilima talked about character and integrity. Is there integrity and charecter in dpp where shithole are being rewarded for rejecting 50+1 electorl bill. I believe we have a shithole president too in APM. Malawians have to stood up and make sure our taxes are not being… Read more »
Gebuza
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Ndalama zina anadyanawo a public Affairs committee, Gulu ili ndiye latherathu, Atsogoleri ake onse ndi aja amalanda ndrama a nkhalamba, komanso za osauka mma church ndiye akakane za president. Mwabisala pachande msana rikukuonani.

ndele
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uyuso ndiye khuntho wina. kakaka ngati nkazi woloola. civwimbo ici cipita liti kodi

MMalawi Waku Mudzi
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You Parliamentarians have all the responsibility and power to take Goodall Gondwe, Kondwani Nankhumwa, Peter Mutharika and Ministry of Finance to court, for spending without your approval, it happened in RSA and else where,but because all MPs are money hungry, you all have agreed to share money instead of setting the precedents and examples. Thank God that you will most of you not be coming again to our Parliament next year and God is watching us poor Malawians

Chidi Mbwengu
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Gondwe has been a thief finance minister ever since and this transaction is tip in the iceberg. He sponsors violence especially with his dpp regional governors. He cannot be fired because Peter eats from gondwe’s dirty hands from the till. Gondwe’s also sponsored main opposition team at Synod general conference and saw them loose. Millions of money went to Clifford Baloyi and Timothy Nyasulu from govt coffers. All he thinks is that people don’t know that he does these things. Jail should be very near after he leaves politics and we will make sure he goes back to lumbadzi to… Read more »
Crement
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Onse akula ndi peter yemwe palibe chomwe angati thandize koma kutenga ngongole kuti adzatisiye mavuto.

How I wish
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OUR COUNTRY IS STINKING.. PROCEDURES ARE NO LONGER RELEVANT. HOW I WISH MY COUNTRY TO HAVE LEADERS WHO WOULD SEE AND THINK OF THE FUTURE GENERATION. WE ARE SUFFERING BUT I FEAR FOR THE FUTURE IF WE DO NOT CHANGE.

Masoambeta
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When we say this govt of matchonas is very corrupt, you think we just hate the DPP or becoz we are not Lomwe`s. Is this how to run a government in multiparty democracy???? These people are not there to help us poor Malawians but to enrich themselves. This has come out and I suspect there are more billions of tax payers money which is going to their pockets as well and this is not only happening with the Finance Minister, even in parastatals. DPP is collecting money from most (ESCOM, Water Boards, MACRA and even City Councils) and this is… Read more »
Mwenelupembe
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Kodi mwawafunsa Akadzi ake kuti muziti Goodal Gondwe wakalamba? Anthu oipa inu kumanena mamuna wa mzanu kuti wachedwa.

DINKY
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A GOODALL MWADYERERA MUSILIRE ENA MUKUNGODYA NDI ACHINA NGALANDE MA CADET NDALAMA MUCHOKE BASI MUKAKAMILA MUKUMANA NDI MPINI MUTU

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