MK1.3 trillion budget passed

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Parliament on Thursday passed the 2017/18 national budget, pegged at M1.3 trillion, with an eleventh increment to carter for MK12 million that has been added to the MK18 million Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

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This means that the National Local Government Finance Committee (NLGFC) has been allocated a MK193.8 billion vote.


Before the passing of the budget, the members from both sides of the House joined forces in forcing Gondwe to consider reviewing the CDF which he only increased from K18 million to K20 million while members of the Parliament wanted an increase to be K30 million.


The vote which was under NLGFC was earlier deferred on Tuesday for the same reason came at the end before the budget is passed and MPs continued to ask Gondwe to consider increasing the  CDF allocation and remove the 5 boreholes per constituency money from Local Councils and make it to be under the Member of Parliament as the  one in Control.


But Gondwe stood firm refusing to increase the amount arguing if it wasn’t for his love of the CDF government could have just removed the whole allocation due to the noncompliance by some MPs.


This didn’t go well with almost all members of the House who stood up to speak against Gondwe’s stand arguing it’s not them who abuse the funds but secretariat at the council challenging the Minister  to do the  investigation


The House had to adjourn for at least one hour after leader of opposition proposed that Cabinet Ministers and party leaders should meet over the impasse which saved the situation


When the House reconvened, Gondwe said  the  leaders agreed that the CDF be increased to K23 million each constituency and that the K12 million water project fund be under the authority of the MP of an area to decide where to drill borehole or any other water project with the technical advice only from the government.

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