Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Parliament passes 15 votes

Finance Minister Ken Kandodo says he is so far impressed with the progress on the national budget. Pic by Malawi Digest.

By Emmanuel Sobilika

The Malawi National Assembly currently meeting in the administrative capital, Lilongwe discussing the 2009/2010 national budget on Tuesday went into the committee of supply almost instantly approving 15 votes pertaining to government ministries, departments and organisations.

The committee of supply is the stage in the budget deliberations where members of the national assembly consider and approve monetary allocations to ministries, departments and organisations that get government subventions.

Those that had their votes approved on the very first day of the committee of supply were the Office of President and Cabinet, Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Ministry of Development Planning and Cooperation, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ministry of National Defence and the Malawi Defence Force, the National Audit Office, the Public Service Commission, Directorate of Public Procurement, National Statistical Office, Department of Human Resource Management, the Local Government Committee, the Judiciary, Department for Nutrition, HIV/Aids and the National Aids Commission.

The approval and allocation of this money to the above stated ministries, departments and organisations is to complete departure from the behaviour of opposition MPs in the last four years where they almost derailed proceedings in the house.

The opposition MPs, who were then in majority were receiving orders from former president Bakili Muluzi and Malawi Congress Party leader John Tembo not to approve and pass the national budget which is mean for every Malawian including the rural poor.

The two, Muluzi and Tembo wanted to unseat Malawi President Ngwazi Dr Bingu wa Mutharika from the presidency within his term of office but they failed in their evil plans.

Muluzi and Tembo used their MPs in the national assembly to try and cripple government operations but they also failed.

Muluzi and Tembo also went into an electoral alliance during the May 19th Presidential and Parliamentary polls but they got defeated together.

Speaking in an exclusive interview to Malawi Digest on the progress of the budget session especially on the committee of supply, Finance Minister Ken Kandodo said that unlike in the past when the opposition did not wish Malawians well, he was impressed with the current crop of MPs.

“With DPP in majority, MPs are putting Malawi first which is a clear testimony of a sense of patriotism,” he said.

Parliament continues sitting Wednesday afternoon at 2:00pm and Malawi Digest will keep you informed- Malawi Digest.

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