Vote by vote scrutiny commences in Parliament

Written by  Isaak Jali

Members of Parliament have started scrutinizing vote by vote financial allocations to various Ministries and government departments in the 2015/16 national budget.


Speaking when he wound up debate on the Mid-term budget review statement, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe reiterated the need for parliament to approve the reduced budget saying it will help government reduce domestic borrowing which has a huge impact on the lives of Malawians and the country's economy as a whole.


The Finance Minister therefore called on various Ministers and departments to ensure they are prudent in utilization of resources whether adjusted upwards or downwards considering that grants from bilateral donors have not performed well in the first half of the 2015/16 national budget.


"What we need to do at a difficult time like this one is to join hands to work together in revamping the economy, through prudent use of the resources we have," said the Finance Minister.


Meanwhile the House has scrutinized and approved revised financial allocations to the judiciary, National Audit Office and Asset Declaration while State Residences and National Assembly votes have been differed.

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