…State House confirms public funds wasted on travel allowances
Government has blamed the inflation of the Malawi Kwacha as the reason behind the disappearance of billions at State House and two other ministries.
Official documents sourced by one local paper reveal that Presidential Residencies has used about 50% of its annual allocation within 3 month.
However, Director of State Residences Peter Mukhitho, downplayed the profligacy or claims of cashgate, saying instability of the Kwacha was responsible for the over-expenditure.
“What happened was that soon after the passing of the budget, the country experienced high inflation,” Mukhitho has been quoted as saying.
He also revealed that government doubled the travel allowances that people get, which in turn wasted of billions of public funds.
The report spreads further a grey cloud on the extravagance that has rocked the Peter Mutharika administration as Malawi continues to bask in a deep economic recession. Mutharika has come under fire for introducing austerity measures that commentators have said cripple the welfare of millions.
The amount is likely to rise with Mutharika increasingly globetrotting from one summit to another.
According to the Ministry of Finance report, the Malawi Defence Force and that of Lands and Housing also spent about 50% each of the respective annual budgetary allocations.