Malawi Parliament on Wednesday continued to give tough time to government officials over the K1.1 trillion national budget with deputy chairman of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Kamlepo Kalua claiming government officials are failing to defend the budget because it was drafted and designed by the IMF.
“They seem not to know anything which is in the budget and we understand them, this is not their budget, this is an IMF budget after all,” he said.
The Rumphi east MP also said his committee believes the national budget is above the K1.1 trillion, saying the government is playing tricks to fool parliamentarians.
He accused Finance ministry officials of lacking seriousness.
The Finance ministry officials were meeting PAC, the Budget and Finance Committee and other committees through what they call cluster system whereby the officials were supposed to defend their vote and say in detail how they are supposed to use the money and how they used the previous budget.
But committees, chaired by opposition legislators have accused the government officials of ill preparedness and lack of in depth knowledge of the system.
“Their input leaves a lot to be desired, it smacks lack of professionalism,” said Kalua.
However, accountant general William Matembo tried to defend the K14.7 billion budget to his department, saying this will sort out some of the challenges the department is facing.
He cited ageing office equipment and understaffing, among others.