Parliament has shifted the Mid-Year Budget Review meeting date to February 22 from February 10 so that it can assess the Covid situation in the country.
Speaker of the National Assembly Catherine Gotani-Hara issued a statement explaining that members of the Business Committee of Parliament met on Monday and Tuesday, when a decision was made to shift the dates.
“The Business Committee has resolved to postpone the meeting in order to assess further developments of the Covid pandemic and devise appropriate ways for Parliament to meet safely to safeguard the lives of members of Parliament, staff and all stakeholders,” the statement reads.
Initially, the meeting was scheduled to start from February 8 to March 12 to accord legislators a chance to review the K2.109 trillion 2020/21 budget that Finance Minister Felix Mlusu presented to Parliament in September last year.
This year alone, Malawi has lost three members of Parliament— Lingson Belekanyama of Lilongwe Msinja South, Jacqueline Chikuta of Ntchisi North and Zomba Changalume parliamentarian John Chikalimba— to Covid.
Meanwhile, the country registered 546 new cases of Covid with 35 deaths Wednesday. There were 14,664 active cases on the day.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
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