Responding to the Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development statement delivered in the House last Friday MCP spokesperson on finance member for Dowa West Kusamba Dzonzi said this is something to be proud of as a country.
‘Mr. Speaker Sir Malawi Congress Party would like to thank government for the commitment shown in singling out some 15 projects out from a total of 85 projects to be completed within this fiscal year. We believe that Malawians out there will be happy to see that the more than 15 years old Zomba-Jali-Kamwendo- Phalombe-Chitakale road gets completed by 30th June 2018’ said Dzonzi.
And Member of Parliament for Zomba Changalume responded on behalf of People’s Party.
The Budget and Finance Committee of Parliament was represented by its chairperson who centered his response on the effects of natural disasters that have affected the country’s economy.
Rhino Chiphiko says as alluded to by the Minister of Finance in his statement some of the challenges the economy has faced are indeed because of the fall army worms and electricity power outages that originated from failure by ESCOM to pump enough electricity into the national grid. He said this affected production of companies and in turn government failed to collect taxes as projected.
The chairperson noted the aligning of green belt initiative to the Office of President and Cabinet as a challenge saying this should be reconsidered for a smooth delivery of program which he said is capable of turning vibrancy of the agriculture sector.
The committee acknowledges that government has done more in public finance management by among other things putting measures that will save public finances.
And later Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe standing on a point of order urged members who responded to his statement to make reference to the numbers and projects as provided in the documents so as to have a clear reflection of how the economy has performed. This also caught the attention of the Speaker of the House Richard Msowoya who sustained the point of order.
‘Honourable Members it is true that we need to check and verify the facts otherwise members can easily be inaccurate,’ lamented Msowoya.
Earlier speaker Richard Msowoya sounded a warning to members of parliament on absenteeism. ‘Honorable members the business committee has noted with great concern over absenteeism from members of parliament especially the past two weeks.
'The committee has resolved to enforce relevant standing orders by among other things deducting allowances for parliamentarians who abscond meetings for improper reasons,’ said the speaker.