Govt’s Tough Ride In Parliament: Opposition Reject Additional Funds to Joyce Banda’s Office

Malawi's Parliament

Malawi’s Parliament

Honeymoon is no longer the order of the day in President Joyce Banda’s side of parliament as the opposition is coming wave after wave demanding sanity from Finance Minister Ken Lipenga in the on going Mid year budget review exercise in parliament.

Few minutes ago, the opposition benches have just denied an increment to the revised vote to the Office of President and Cabinet.

Government wanted the funding to the office be increased from over Mk4billion to over Mk5billion, but the opposition said no arguing President Banda will abuse the funds on “her uncontrollable appetite for traveling”

Opposition parliamentarians took turn in giving out reasons why the funding to the president’s office should not be revised up wards.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) chief whip Joseph Njobvuyalema wondered why the funds should be increased when the opposition side had already queried the “larger and unjustifiable allocation to the president’s office”.

“We passed that larger amount in the main budget for the sake of progress,” said Njobvuyalema.

However Lipenga explained that some of the additional funding to the president’s office is meant for the Presidential Initiative on Hunger.

But Nkhotakota Central Edwin Banda counter argued that it is senseless for Presidential Initiative on Hunger to be drawing public resources when President Joyce Banda does not grow maize to feed Malawians.

Said Banda: “Minister of Finance has cited hunger reduction initiative as a justification for the upping by Mk1 billion in the vote to the OPC. On this, I have a problem because the president does not grow maize to feed Malawians, which can warrant parliament to pass this vote.

“Or is this money meant for food distribution by the president? Or the newly adopted crop inspection tour? By the way why is the president inspecting the crops when she passed through the same maize on her way to distribute maize?”

In response, Finance Minister Ken Lipenga said the Presidential Initiative on Hunger is aimed at taming hunger, arguing it has nothing to d with President Banda’s maize distribution drive or crop inspection tour.

11 Responses to "Govt’s Tough Ride In Parliament: Opposition Reject Additional Funds to Joyce Banda’s Office"

  1. Five Moba  March 7, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Achita bwino kukana ndalamazo azipangila kampeni yachimanga, chitsilu, ndalama zaboma zimenezo uzipangila zinthu zachipani chako, gang’a iwe, its true honeymoon is over mnyelo wako

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  2. Homohabilis  March 7, 2013 at 4:51 am

    This is 4 personal glory. She will use that money 2 label the bags of maize her orange party and distribute them to PP shadow mps and this is unfair and bad. She is even adamant in declaring her assets so why risking taxpayers money amountin to a billion? This is inhumane.

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  3. Tiona Mall  March 6, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Surely? I do support the justification to refuse the increase of this budget line!! May be she can use the proceeds from the closure of JBF to do her crop inspection money making tours

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  4. daph walker  March 6, 2013 at 12:23 am

    I like the song primary school kids sung as they were protesting against their teachers’ strike on wages. “Yanyamuka-wokagawa chimanga’
    Ndiye zibvuta-ana nyimbo ayitenga kuti sopano?

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  5. Tinkanena  March 5, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Ill timing Lipenga! The presidential initiative for hunger was launched so many months ago and was factored into the budget but nothing of its intended objectives has been achieved hence revising it upwards is just like clinging to a pregnancy which you are not responsible for. Keep it up opposition, this government has to cut a suit accord to the size of the cloth! This is what austerity measures are for. Shame on Lipenga for taking the budget as poetry. This is man’s business and not folk story or drama

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  6. mental virus  March 5, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    sanity shud be pumped in the minds of those who send lipenga to present such stupid votes and lipenga himself. thumbs up opposition i am for one proud of u

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  7. Cosmas Milonde  March 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Cosmasmilonde. @Gmail com.

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  8. Nastima ku Malawi  March 5, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    The increment can be used to improve Queen Elizabeth Central in any way you care to mention! the whole hospital needs doing up! drugs brought in nurses paying properly, Drs paying properly! The president has no sense of econmy she will start travelling ahgain with this money dont let the office of the president have this money! its criminal!

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  9. Mufwa Mkandawire  March 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Tiye nayeni Abitiyu ayamba kuzolowera kudya ndalama zathu popanda kuvutikira. The the MK1 billion kwacha go to the Ministry of Health to purchasse drugs and other essentials or to the Ministry of Education to buy learning materials for the poor pupils across Malawi.

    MPs, I urge you kindly NOT to pass this vote. Please reject it overwhelmingly as the increase will not benefit any Malawian.

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  10. Zabweka  March 5, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I support the move by the opposition ngakhale akulira ma ten million awo kuti sakuwapatsa.

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  11. sydney phiri  March 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I like the argument by KK central parliamentarian when he said why should the president need a crop inspection tour when she passed the same area on her food distribution stupidity. I rest my case, I reserve my comment.

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