Malawi govt in wealth creation initiatives to close the rich-poor gap – Minister

Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology Mark Botomani   has said government is working on several wealth creation programmes to reducing inequality and poverty, and promoting equity.

Botomani: We are narrowing the gap between the rich and the poor

Botomani, who is government spokesperson, said there are social protection programmes for the poor to narrow the gap between the haves and the better-off.

The minister cited Farm Input Subsidy Programme  (Fisp) as one of the programmes aimed at ensuring food security.

“The economy has been stable for the past years. Inflation is at single digit. This means the country has created conducive environment for private sector growth which would translate into job creation,” said Botomani.

He stressed that government is geared to stimulate inclusive growth and reduce  the income gap between the rich and the poor.

Parliament’s Budget and Finance Committee bemoaned the glaring income inequalities in Malawi, warning that the situation is a potential recipe for conflict between the rich and the poor if not managed properly.

Committee chairperson Sosten Gwengwe said: “Income inequality erodes social cohesion in society and this is a potential source of conflict between the haves and have nots [the rich and the poor] if not managed properly.”

In Malawi, wealth inequality as measured by a generic measure called Gini-coefficient has worsened over the past years, according to recent studies. Gini-coefficient refers to the distribution of money across a nation, State or specific geographic region.

If a country has a Gini-coefficient of zero, it means that the country has perfect equality in terms of distribution of wealth among its citizens while the opposite holds true if a country’s Gini-coefficient is positive one, meaning that the country has high inequality such that the national income is shared by only a few elites.

Data from National Statistical Office (NSO) shows that Malawi’s Gini-coefficient has moved from 38 percent as established in the Integrated Household Survey (IHS3) conducted in 2010/11 to 41.4 percent based on the IHS4 conducted in 2016/17.

On the other hand, the World Bank puts Malawi’s Gini-coefficient at 46.1 percent as of this year, signalling the continued widening of the gap between the rich and the poor.

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Nyaphapi One
2 years ago

He he de! Wealth Creation the botomani way! He he de!

Bourne identity
Bourne identity
2 years ago

Dpp fraudsters don’t believe in equity, but only practice politics of tribalism & regionalism. You can not talk of wealth creation and transference if it’s not in your DNA. Stop the lying to us vulnerable Malawians, we’re super tired of your fraudulent existence, that’s why 80 percent of commence is in the hands of Asians/ foreigners who are feeding your status quo.

2 years ago

Tulusani ndalama mukubisaso kudzikundikila inunokha bwana anthu ndiye skywards kulimbananawo moyo malonda ulimi mukuutchulawo pachabe ndalama mwakhalila ntchito kulembana pachibale mphawi opanda mubale kutsogolo atukukabwani tatopa ndi malenjezo achabe bwana aganizileni amalawi naonso ndianthu ngati inu

2 years ago

Only if those money you keeping for your self or into your accounts # under the beds be released there will be equally. To say the truth people are trying tooth and nail striving for the living but in vain.

2 years ago

Trying the impossible ,,, unmeritorious pragmatism

Mateyu salijeni
2 years ago

Dear dpp members (cadets )
Please go to RWANDA and see for yourselves what your friends are doing for the country there —- don’t just drink bottled water and juices in offices —telling us lies NO NO NO !

Chris Thipa
2 years ago

Remove these unnecessary taxes first

2 years ago

This Botoman is very idiot really

Peter T
Peter T
2 years ago

Mr Botomani. We are not fools what plan government has since when you have been preaching that! Find that nothing comes out from government’s plan. People are sick and tired of you and DPP government you all Animals and ldiot.

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