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MHRC report reveals gaps in budget implementation

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Sunduzwayo Madise

The Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) budget tracking analysis has revealed gaps in government commitment towards meeting human rights and adequate allocation goals.

The report, released Friday, says it is critical for the government to demonstrate incremental provision for basic services that facilitate people’s realisation of their human rights and the need to improve funding disbursement.

In its analysis of the 2020-21 national budget, MHRC observes that politically driven allocations harm the economy as they cannot be sustained.

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“Unmandated expenditures at council level including servicing politically-motivated activities such as coronation of chiefs and introduction of Affordable Farm Inputs to small-scale farmers including internship allocations may be difficult to sustain,” the statement reads.

On the local council budget, the commission is of the view that the Ministry of Transport should prioritise construction of few but durable roads instead of constructing many poor quality roads.

Presenting the report, Commissioner Sunduzwayo Madise said, for the 2019/20 budget, the report bemoans the increase in recurrent expenditure in local councils, ministries, departments and government agencies.

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MHRC Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Committee Chairperson Martha Chizuma bemoaned poor attention paid to some areas of national development.

“There are some areas that are not given much attention. Issues of social welfare and climate change are given little resources at the expense of agriculture and education. What we are saying is we really need to move to ensure that these areas are also given the attention and they should also monitor the misuse of the public resources that we see all the time,” she said.

Ministry of Local Government Deputy Director of Administration Victor Sandikonda said they would study the report and respond to raised issues in due course.

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