Parliament passes 2020/21 national budget

Members of Parliament have passed the K2.1 trillion 2020/2021 national budget.

The legislators have also amended a Vote 460 to the Malawi Electoral Commission by increasing the electoral body`s allocation by K300 million to make it K5.1 billion from the previous K4.8 billion.

In an interview, Finance Minister Felix Mlusu said government has now a huge task of implementing the allocation for effective performance of the financial blueprint.

“I would like to thank the honorable member for their contribution towards the budget, the support they have given to the point that they have passed the budget now what remains for us on the government side is the issue of implementation,” said Mlusu.

And the Parliamentary Committee on Budget and Finance through its Chairperson Gladys Ganda has advised government to work through on crucial sectors when implementing the budget in accordance with the Tonse Alliance promises.

“As a new government obviously they made a lot of promises to Malawians and there is a list of all the promises that they did make to Malawians thus they have to come up with a proper roadmap and see how best they can implement those promises that are doable,” recommended Ganda.

Meanwhile, the House has since adjourned to Monday afternoon next week to continue deliberations on other parliamentary business including Constitutional Amendment Bills.

“We still have next week and we still have bills to come and we have about three if not four constitutional amendments bills and money bills that are coming next week, there will be question time and there will be ministerial statements,” said the Leader of the House Richard Chimwendo Banda.

The House is expected to rise next week on  October 23, 2020.

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