PP’s Chikalimba says Mutharika made ‘right choice’ in Mwanamvekha as Malawi purse keeper

Zomba Changalume legislator John Chikalimba (People’s Party-PP)  has said President Peter Mutharika made the “right choice” in appointing  Joseph Mwanamvekha, an economist and former banker, as Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development.

Mwanamvekha: Finance Minister

Mwanamvekha was previously holding the ministerial post of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development where he was credited with boosting food security through surplus harvests of maize, Malawi’s staple grain.

He replaced Goodall Gondwe, who has been the Minister of Finance for a decade.

Speaking in parliament, Chikalimba pointed out that Mwanamvekha was “ a very successful Secretary to the Treasury in the Ministry of Finance.”

He said: “So, coupled with that experience, now he is going back to the Treasury, as head of Treasury, I do not doubt him.

“This country, through the President, Arthur Peter Mutharika, has made a right choice, at a right time, by appointing him as Minister of Finance.”

However, Chikalimba advised the Finance Minister  that when he us  doing his job, he should be himself, saying “ in the past, we had seen people who had not been telling the President the truth and not revealing what is really happening on the ground.”

He said the minister should not be economic with the truth on country’s economic growth.

“In 2014/2015 Financial Year, the economy did not perform because we were supposed to collect through MRA 9Malawi Revenue Authority)  K540 billion, but we only collected K530.9 billion, which means we underperformed by 1.8 per cent.  What did we tell the President? The economy really performed.

“In 2015/2016 Financial Year we were supposed to collect K653 billion through MRA, we only collected K643 billion, we underperformed by three per cent.  But what did we tell the President? We said the economy is boosting and there is an economic growth. How can you have economic growth when you have underperformed in terms of revenue?  “

Chikalimba continued: “In 2016/2017, we were supposed to collect K840 billion, we only collected K823 billion.  We underperformed by two percent.  But the report we got when the SONA [State of the Nation Address] was presented in this House, the President said during the last period, we performed very wonderfully, which is not true.

“So, it is my plea, that the  Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, we know you very well, you should be yourself. We are available to support you because whatever the opposition does and whatever the ruling party does, it has one common  goal and that is the welfare of people of  this country.

“I urge my friends, those that have solutions, we should not just stand and start criticising but we should offer solutions. However, we can only offer these solutions if your door is open.”

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1 year ago

Bravo chikalimba
We need to be positive
Not awa akudikira dooms day for our beloved country
Ziphulika pakhomo pawo

1 year ago

Tonse tidzafa. Enawa sikale or alipa ulemero….

1 year ago

Chikalimba ndimamupatsa ulemu, koma kutengela za mkutu walankhula apazi ndasiya! Mkuluyi akuoneka age has caught up with his thinking levels………………… zoona iyeyu wachiwala kale kuti Mwanamveka is the architect of Mulli’s K4.5 billion MSB money that is not yet paid todate? Moti pali iyeyupo sakuona kuti there are more reasons that what our eyes can see in APM for putting this gentleman at that post in this his last tenure?

chakwana chakwana
chakwana chakwana
1 year ago

mmmmmmmmmm a chikalimba, simukumudziwa bwino ameneyu mudzalira patsogolo. This is the man even late Bingu Mutharika (MHSRP) used to siphone money from the MSB. This is the man Bingu used to steal cash for Mardef through the MSB as the bank managing the receiving of group registration to qualify for a loan. This is the man Peter himself used to steal cash from the government through the ministry of agriculture as a minister and today you are ululating when the same Peter has appointed the same Mwanamveka as minister of finance so that he can continue siphoning money easily from… Read more »

Matutu Malizani
Matutu Malizani
1 year ago

Whoever posts an item, as commentary, should provide adequate, balanced, authentic and ethical information to be useful to interested readers. I however note most of the posts are close to rubbish not worthy reading. For example do we realy know why the person in question was taken as a Minister in the so called government. There is a lot to say about this.

1 year ago

Bravo a mp a kwanthu keep it up We have to look things with positive mind,That is maturity in politics not critising everything

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