Malawi government has swallowed its pride by admitting that it failed to fund ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) which forced them to suspend delivery of some critical social services to the public, including healthcare, but assured that it is working hard to ensure that they are funded in time.
Addressing a news conference at Capital Hill in Lilongwe, Secretary to the treasury Dr Ronald Mangani, who was accompanied by the budget director alongside other senior officials from the ministry apologized to Malawians for the delay.
“The Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development regrets to inform the general public that the Treasury was unable to release funding in time for the month of October. This was due to technical challenges encountered in the course of the funding process, “ said Mangani.
He said Treasury deeply “regret with concern” and reassure all government entities that “we are working hard to ensure that they get their funding in time so that they timely implement their activities as planned.”
Mangani added: “ Let me also take this opportunity to assure the general public that the Government has adequate resources to implement the Budget as approved and will continue to fund its ministries, departments and agencies as expected.”
Mangani said the ministry will continue to fund the MDAs as expected.
He did not reveal the technical problem which caused the delay in funding the MDAs.
According to published reports, several district commissioners (DCs) confirmed that operations had been suspended because Treasury is not providing the funding.
They said essential services and operations in the districts through out the country have been suspended or scaled down due to lack of funding.
Despite the delay in funding the MDAs, the public tax collector, Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), reported an increased revenue collections, beating its monthly target in August 2016 by K6.2 billion.