Malawi’s former President Joyce Banda has expressed pessimism that the DPP administration would successfully run the country on a zero-aid budget considering that the national budget is largely dependent on donor aid to the tune of 40 percent.
Members of Parliament on Thursday passed the 2015/16 national budget presented in the August House by Minister of Finance and Economic Development Goodall Gondwe. The budget will be financed by locally sourced funds, largely through taxes.
Malawi has for many years largely depended on donor aid to finance development and other programmes until recently when donors withheld aid due to corruption and theft concerns.
In an interview published in The Weekend Nation of June 27, 2015, Banda said experience had taught her that when government engages donors and comply with all what they are asking for, they resume aid.
She was responding to a question about how she assesses her successor, President Peter Mutharika.
However, she said it will be up to Malawians to judge President Mutharika’s leadership.
Banda denied that recent resignations from her People’s Party (PP) by some senior members were a result of her being away from the country.
“In a democratic society like ours, anyone is free to belong to a political party of their choice. Similarly, anyone is free to leave any political party that they belonged to. It is beyond my control when members decide to leave PP whether I am in Malawi or outside the country. In any case, as the party’s name suggests, the People’s Party is not run by and does not belong to any individual,” she said.
In the interview, Banda also tackled the issue of the DPP government having weakened her security by withdrawing security apparatus.