Leader of the House George Chaponda has said the passing of the K1.1 trillion national budget is Thursday, June 30 amid fears opposition legislators are set to torpedo it in order to force the government give them K3 million each.
Chaponda said from Monday, the House will enter into committee of supply stage where they will be examining each vote critically.
“After we pass the budget, we will now go into bills phase, we will have a week to deal with both outstanding and new bills,” said Chaponda.
Key among the bills is the Access to Information bill which has been outstanding for two years now.
Chaponda said the Access to Information Bill will be tabled but will immediately be sent to the Media Committee following misgivings by media watchdog Misa-Malawi and other civil society groups.
The opposition MPs are orchestrating to force the government give them the loans, refusing the government offer to be their guarantor for bank loans.
The parliamentarians got K24 million each for vehicle loans. In addition, they receive K1.5 million as basic salary.
Renowned economist Professor Ben Kaluwa told the MPs to be sensitive urging them not to force the government give them loans when the economy continues to shrink.