Opposition dominated national assembly has shot down vote number 090 for the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) that has a total allocation of about 5.2 billion kwacha. This is an upward increase of over 1billion kwacha from the approved 4.2 billion to 5.2 billion kwacha.
Before the vote was defeated, UDF MP and chief whip Clement Chiwaya said the increase was meant to finance president Joyce Banda’s endless internal and external travels.
Thyolo Thava parliamentarian Lefred Nawena told the house that increasing money to the vote is not justified and accused Finance Minister Ken Lipenga of taking Malawians for granted.
Nawena was responding to Lipenga who was trying to justify the increase in resource allocation to OPC. MCP MP for Nkhotakoka took his turn by concurring with other member who spoke on the same vote accusing government of putting alot of the country’s scare resources up for a buse at the an expense of poor rural masses that are feeling a pinch of the devaluation.
Votes for State Residence and National Assembly have been deferred by min of finance without any explanation.
At the commencement of scrutinizing ministries and government department votes Lipenga explained that there has been a big cut of funds to government ministries in-order to make-up for salary increment for civil servants. Minstries of Lands, Education and agriculture has lost a big chunk of funding.
In the funding cuts, over 2billion kwacha from ministry of agriculture,1.5 billion from ministry of education,500 million kwacha from lands and housing,300 million from OPC.
There is no any movement of funds from the national assembly but an increase of 250 million.in the revised budget.