Malawi government under DPP still not trustworthy — Chakwera

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera, who is also Leader of Opposition in Parliament, has said the government led by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is still not trustworthy for donors to pump money.

Chakwera:We are not out of the woods yet

Chakwera was reacting to revised budget announced by Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe when he trimmed the 2016/17 financial plan by K20 billion following poor performance of grants and development support from donors in the first-half of the year.

“It is not a surprise that the money did not come through because this government is still not trustworthy because when you look at corruption and fraud that is taking place in the country, no donor can have the audacity to invest in the country. And my assessment is that we are not out of the woods yet,” Chakwera said.

Gondwe lamented the “disappointingly low” grants and funds for foreign financed projects, where only K30 billion was received by December 31 2016 against a target of K103.3 billion reflecting an underperformance of 71 percent.

The Finance Minister had projected an ambitious 45.5 percent increase in grants compared with the 2015/16 revised budget and is encouraged by the good performance of domestic revenues between July and December which resulted in a K400 billion collection beyond the K378 billion target.

Gondwe  expects Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) to collect an additional K57.2 billion in domestic revenue, an upward revision based on the tax revenue collections between July and December, 2016.

The Finance Minister said the economy is on its way to recovery.

But Chakwera begs to differ.

“This is not the first time the Minister of Finance has talked about economic rebound, how could you talk about a rebound  when you have a private sector that in six months has been the worst affected because government is failing to give them back the money it owes them?” queried Chakwera.

Chakwera stressed that there is no sign that the country’s economy is on the rebound, saying Gondwe did not  outline specific issues that would lead to economic recovery.

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7 years ago

Mr. Gondwe, do you honestly think any country/donor can channel their money to Malawi with rampant thieving going on? You must be out of your mind.

7 years ago

Very sorry to hear that the budget has been trimmed by 20 Billion and he expects the econony to get its truck, how and why? He said, donors did not support the budget with money they promised. Yes, who can support a country which covers people from coruption, a country with full of negative reporting and informations. This country will not prosper, never. Pokhapokha litatsogoleredwa ndi achifundo, osasolora, osadzikundikira, osafuna zabwino iwo wokha, osanena za bodza, ova zonena ena ndikudziletsa. God will help this country. Apo bii, it will remain poor for ever and inorncent poor Malawians will continue to… Read more »

7 years ago

Government thinks donors are as daft as APM. If some donors are still giving us money its not because of DPP, its because they are worried that some citizens may die as a result of poor . But given the way this theft government is running its affairs no donor would dare put its money in Malawi. When you assist people and they do not use the assistance in the right manner, do you continue to assist? The answer is no. So a government that does not care about its people but cares about the pockets of its president and… Read more »

Zander mutiuze
7 years ago

The problem with this government US that They van not understand donors are not giving their tax money to thieves. They see how Peter can not fire his corrupted minister. They also know why. Malawi has NO government except a bunch of old thieves.

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