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President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has announced Government’s plans to review benefits and entitlements of senior Government officials, including the Presidency and all Cabinet Ministers “to ensure that public resources are utilised effectively.”


He was speaking at the New Parliament Building in Lilongwe where he delivered the State of Nation Address.


He added that the measures will also include “a reduction in procurement of motor vehicles in terms of numbers, type and sizes.” Arguing that “fiscal rules, medium term budgets and plans, and annual budgets are meaningless if expenditure cannot be controlled.”


Other measures, as announced by Chakwera are, A requirement for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to seek Treasury approval before effecting new recruitments;  a requirement for all Government institutions, without exception, to install and use pre-paid meters for utilities;  Fast tracking the digitalization drive to reduce paperwork and fraud, which has already been added to the portfolio of the Minister of Information; Procuring security equipment and fertiliser directly from manufacturers instead of middlemen to cut landing costs; fixing the perennial delays caused by people managing IFMIS by recruiting competent graduates in Accounting; and  operationalising the Debt Retirement Fund to deal with the rising public debt.

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