Parliament passes revised K2.3 trillion budget after DPP protests lack funding for chiefs houses, honoraria

Malawi Parliament has passed the revised K2.3 trillion  national budget after a brief showdown between government and opposition legislators over Local government vote.

Malawi Opposition members of Parliament wanted chiefs houses budget

Earlier, opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators rejected the Local government vote, saying it did not include construction of houses for chiefs and their increased allowances.

This led to a parliamentary division which the opposition later withdrew and agreed to pass the budget.

The budget was initially pegged at about K2.2 trillion.

The House has passed the budget amid concerns from the opposition, on the absence of an allocation of financial resources for the construction of chiefs houses under a budget line for the Ministry of Local Government.

In his response, Minister of Finance, Felix Mlusu, said Government has assigned financial resources for the exercise  citing the construction of a house for Paramount Chief M’mbelwa of Mzimba and rehabilitation of a house for  Paramount Chief Kawinga of Machinga as examples.

Finance minister Felix Mlusu hailed legislators for their contribution towards the reviewed annual financial plan.

Parliament is currently in its third week of a 5-week – long mid-year budget review meeting.

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Gladson
Gladson
4 months ago

A welcome development but those in authorities should look into the welfare of all Malawians rather than fattening their necks only.

Dan
Dan
4 months ago

I thougt DPP had repented from their arrogane for nothing posture. These are people full of useless arrogance. They never cared for the same chieves they are now pretending to care. They only cared for useless chiefs who they politically abused by teking them to MBC to waffle whip up DPP useless ideas and policies which ransacked Malawi. It would appear more and more unhonourables are finding their way into parliament. This must stop

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
4 months ago

A budget that has started with expenditure on borrowing.They would rather get rid of the too many fats from it and make it lean.

Wakwiya ndi kadeti
4 months ago

We want roads which are completely dilapidated. Chiefs can wait because people are losing lives on the roads. The roads in Lilongwe City are an eye-sore. One can say that there are no roads. The hospitals need rehabilitation and expansion. We need more schools and not chiefs houses. Some of the chiefs are useless and literally do nothing apart from waiting for handouts. The culture of handouts must end. We must be thrift with tax payers money.

bentby
4 months ago

DPP as if they care about chiefs wellbeing

Bauleni
Bauleni
4 months ago
Reply to  bentby

Shutup! What have you ever done for them?

Thengoliotcha
Thengoliotcha
4 months ago
Reply to  bentby

Iyi yokha ndiye isiyeni pajatu ndi DPP inayamba kuwalipira mafumu ngati anthu oti akugwira ntchito za Boma

I'm That I am
4 months ago
Reply to  bentby

DPP has always been supportive of chiefs wellbeing. It was the DPP which introduce honoraria for chiefs

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