Budget meeting shifts to Monday
Speaker of the National Assembly Catherine Gotani Hara says the 2020/21 Budget meeting that was supposed to resumes today, June 25, has been pushed forward to Monday June 29.
Parliament suspended the budget debate to allow members of Parliament to go and vote in the fresh presidential election but the office of the speaker, in a press release, said extended the suspension because most of the MPs were playing some roles in their political parties during the election period.
“The office of the Speaker of the National Assembly is informing all members of Parliament and stakeholders that reconvening of the august House for the continuation of the 2020/2021 budget meeting has been shifted to Monday June 29, 2020,” reads the statement that was signed by Gotani-Hara.
She said the decision has been arrived at after appreciating the challenges members of parliament may face if the House was to reconvene today.
Malawi Congress Party spokesperson of finance Sosten Gwengwe said the continuation of budget meeting will depend on the outcome of the fresh presidential elections.
Minister of Finance in the Democratic Progressive Party led government Joseph Mwanamvekha presented a K2 trillion kwacha budget which MPs were expected to deliberate and pass before the start of the new financial year on July 1.