The Council for Non-Governmental Organisations in Malawi (Congoma) and the Public Affairs Committee (Pac) have called for a public inquiry into the issue of K4 billion, which was initially meant for 86 Members of Parliament (MPs).
In a statement issued yesterday and signed by Congoma Chairperson Steve Duwa, the non-State actor is calling on the Anti-Corruption Bureau to investigate the issue and prosecute any criminal elements involved.
Congoma says it discovered, in its analysis of the situation, that the Executive was set to spend the money without the approval of Parliament.
“The Executive secretly allocated a ‘saving’ of K4 billion to a selected few Members of Parliament for no explained purpose nor [sic] traceable source of the ‘saving’. Parliament agreed to regularise [it] by appropriating to their constituencies the sum of K4 billion which they did not know the source [sic], instead of pressing government to explain the source and purpose of the money initially allocated to a few privileged MPs,” reads part of the statement.
Congoma further observes that the conduct of all MPs puts to question the issue of public trust.
“The revelation of ‘loose’ money to the tune of K4 billion is a valid indicator that the Executive actually has more than enough funds to provide public services to Malawians. However, this is ironic because public services leave a lot to be desired. In addition, with this [sic] kind of resources, government should be able to fund its ministries, departments and agencies adequately,” it reads.
Pac Publicity Secretary, Peter Mulomole, has since described the situation as disappointing, observing that the current administration is well known for dubious transactions and disappointing Malawians.
“It clearly shows that some people have no conscience; they sold their vote for money. This means parliamentarians can be bought [and that] they have a price tag. It is the money that matters and that is very worrying because that is not why people voted them into power. They were sent to Parliament to make laws that make sense, laws that would serve the nation. We are worried about the independence of Parliament; after all, [it shows that] it is not independent and money can buy it,” he said.
About two weeks ago, our sister paper, Malawi News, revealed that the government allocated projects whose total value is K4 billion to 86 MPs who mostly voted against the Electoral Reforms [Amendment] Bills in December last year.
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