Malawi’s Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe might have finished all the paperwork in the mid-year budget, but the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has no kind words for government for slashing funds to relief.
In the mid-year budget he presented last week, Gondwe revealed that government had reduced the budget for relief maize from K15 billion to K8 billion.
This has not gone with the MC which feels the government has not considered the current maize crisis and hunger situation.
Speaking on his part in the August House on Wednesday, MCP’s Member of Parliament for Lilongwe Malingunde Peter Dimba, said it was not making sense for government to cut the allocations to maize relief in regards to the current economic turmoil, an on going hunger situation and maize crisis.
Dimba said it was necessary that government ponders on the allocations towards relief maize in tandem with the situation now.
Ironically, government is depending on maize imported from neighboring countries like Zambia and Tanzania.
Recent reports Malawi24has show that Malawi government has authorized is to import 50,000 tonnes of maize from Tanzania.
According to a report by Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC), over 3 million people are food insecure due to the devastating floods that hit the country last year and led to a low crop yield.