Malawi donors mum on aid resumption: Seal cash-leak

Malawi’s development partners under the Common Approach to Budgetary Support (CABS) say they will make a position when to resume funding after they appreciate the commitment of the new administration of Peter Mutharika in addressing the concerns they raised over the country’ public finance management.

The CABS chairperson Alexander Baum told a local radio that the grouping is scheduled to meet the new administration’s officials on the way forward after the appointment of the cabinet ministers.

“It’s too early to state our position now because the new cabinet is yet to be announced so we have not yet seen the government in place.

Baum: More wait for budget support in Malawi
Baum: More wait for budget support in Malawi

“After the appointment of the cabinet ministers is when we will start to engage with each of the ministers on various issues”, he said.

Baum said the grouping feel it is important to engage with the new government because there are lot of issues that he said needs to be followed up.

“As the president has already said in his speech that he wants to focus on key areas like public finance management and the management of the economy. I think the first step towards that is discussion when the time comes,” Baum said.

He described as untrue previous assertions that the CABS group was waiting for the new administration to resume funding.

“The weaknesses and flaws in the public finance management, is not linked to just one government and the system failures has been there for many years and underlining issues are not new and are not directly related to a specific administration,” he said.

He commended the previous administration of People’s Party under former president Joyce Banda for taking steps towards addressing the weaknesses in the public finance management system,

Baum expressed hope that the new administration under President Peter Mutharika will continue from where his predecessor stopped.

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