Opposition demand Goodall’s resignation

Opposition parliamentarians on Monday called for the resignation of Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe for allegedly allocating extra K 3.4 billion to 86 constituencies which voted against the electoral reforms bills.

Speaking in parliament on Monday, the Leader of Peoples Party in the house and parliamentarian for Nkhatabay Central Raphael Mhone asked Gondwe to explain on the criteria that was used to select the constituencies.

Mhone told YFM online that the development is contrary to the 2017/2018 National budget which was passed in May 2017.

“All of us were given equally the amount of CDF at K23 million and Area development at K12 million making a total of K35 million but the figures we are being told now are around K40 million to those selected MPs,” he said.

Mhone said the conduct of the minister is a typical style of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to award parliamentarians who voted against the electoral reforms.

“Of course in the absence of an explanation that’s the only thing that we can speculate,” he said when quizzed if the extra allocation could be politically motivated.

Commenting on the same, the chairperson for Public Affairs Committee (PAC) of Parliament, Alekeni Menyani expressed concern on the matter.

“We are gravely concerned in the manner in which the minister is proceeding to handle public funds. We all know that public funds have guidelines as to how they must be used,” he said.

Menyani said it was also strange that the house was not allowed to further quiz the minister.

“The minister said they had identified money elsewhere and went through the process with the minister of local government without telling us secretariat,” he said.

Menyani called upon the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to investigate the matter.

In his response, Gondwe argued that the move follows advice by President Peter Mutharika to concentrate on rural development.

Gondwe said the remaining MPs will get their share in the next budget session.

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