Malawi president Peter Mutharika
Malawi president Peter Mutharika

Minister of Information, Tourism and Civic Education, Jappie Mhango, and Minister of Transport and Public Works, Francis Kasaila, who is also Leader of the House in Parliament, made the allegation at a press briefing they jointly held in the capital, Lilongwe.

Malawi president Peter Mutharika
Malawi president Peter Mutharika
Mhango, who is also government’s spokesperson, said the Parliamentary Services Commission (PSC) and the office of the speaker had, within three months, blown over half of their annual allocated funds.

“Parliament has abused state funds,” said Mhango. “The PSC has already spent over 52 percent of its annual allocation and the office of the speaker has spent over 50 percent of its allocation just in three months.”

The ministers said instead of holding parliamentary committee meetings as expected of the arm of government, Parliament had spent the funds on external travel when the country was struggling with its economy.

According to the Leader of the House in Parliament, Francis Kasaila, Parliament, which is headed by opposition legislator, Richard Msowoya, as speaker, got all its first quarter allocation of over 2.8 million United States dollars from treasury and used it all on other businesses other than convening parliamentary committee meetings.

Kasaila also disclosed that mid October treasury disbursed part funding of over 700 thousand United States dollars out of the 1.9 million United States dollars allocated to the arm of government for the second quarter of the financial year.

Malawi’s financial year runs from July to June and it is currently in its second quarter.

The ministers have since said responsible authorities of government would take Parliament and its secretariat to task to explain on the extravagance at the expense of necessary parliamentary activities that would benefit all Malawians.

Spokesperson for Malawi Parliament, Leornard Mengezi refused to comment on the matter saying the Speaker was better placed to comment.

“These issues were discussed in bussiness commitee meeting of Parliament and the Speaker is better placed to comment on the matter,” Mengezi told the local Malawi News Agency.

The local agency reported that the speaker could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, the Leader of the House in Parliament announced the commencement of the next sitting of Parliament slated for Friday, Nov. 6, with State of Nation Address from President Peter Mutharika.

Kasaila said among other businesses during the sitting, the minister of finance is expected to deliver ministerial report on the state of economy in the country. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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