Vuwa accounts for K1bn youth funds only, hits at PP Orange Movement

Minister of Youth Development and Welfare Simon Vuwa Kaunda has swallowed his pride and responded to queries from the Orange Movement, a youth wing of Peoples Party,on how his ministry has used public funds meant for youth development and empowerment throughout the country.

Director of Sports James Ndalama merely said the ministry is using the money for the intended purposes.

Faults PP youth

But Kaunda instead of outlining how the funds were used attacked the PP Youth saying they were spreading propaganda and misleading the youths.

Chikwemba: Took Vuwa to task

The Minister further attacked Orange Movement Desk Officer, Joseph Chikwemba saying in coming up with the petition he did not properly use government reports and its response in Parliament.

“In fact Chikwemba does not follow current affairs. Last year my ministry disbursed MK1 million and a further MK800 million is yet to be given out,” Kaunda said at a news conference in Lilongwe.

Taken to task

Part of the petition signed by Chikwemba reads:“We are aware Honorable Minister that the National Budget of 2009/2010 allocated about K2.2 Billion for Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF), while the National Budget of 2010/2011, allocated about K1.7 Billion towards Youth Development and Empowerment including K800 Million allocated specifically for YEDEF.”

The youth wing of People’s Party petitioned the Ministry three weeks ago asking Kaunda to go public on how the funds have been used.

The petition, a copy made available to Nyasa Times, has been directly addressed to Kaunda demanded a comprehensive report on how funds for the fiscal years 2009/2010, 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 were utilized.

The movement challenged Vuwa to respond to the concerns saying the youths of Malawi have the right to information and are legally entitled to know why they are not benefiting from the funds that were allocated for them.

Yedef General Manager Joseph Mononga said they have used MK1.2 billion to buy equipment for youths out of the MK3 billion.

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