Goodall faces pressure to resign

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Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) Tuesday morning continued to put pressure on Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe after he allocated K4 billion to selected constituencies.

The opposition legislators forced proceedings in Parliament to stop for an hour saying Gondwe should explain why government gave money to 86 constituencies whose MPs voted against the against the Electoral Reforms Bills last year.

Goodall Gondwe

Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe

On Monday, the MPs called for Gondwe’s resignation over the same issue saying the minister failed his duties by authorising the expenditure which saw each of the 86 MPs getting K40 million.

Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairperson, who is also Malawi Congress Party (MCP) for Dedza North West MP, Alekeni Menyani suggested that the expenditure is tantamount to corruption hence the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) should step in.

He questioned why Gondwe went through the Ministry of Local Government in allocating the funds saying he should have also sought Parliament’s approval before authorising the expenditure.

“It is an illegal expenditure, no money can be spent from the Consolidated Fund without the approval of the House. We don’t know what kind of power he has presented himself with,” he said.

Menyani then asked President Peter Mutharika to deal with the issue saying Gondwe’s conduct shows that the minister has too much freedom which does not reflect well on the president.
He was supported by Nkhata Bay North West MP Comodius Nyirenda who said the matter is bordering on corruption.

Nyirenda suggested that public funds have been used as a ‘thank you’ to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and some opposition MPs who voted against Electoral Reforms Bills and independence of ACB Bill.

But Gondwe claimed that he was advised by Mutharika to give money to selected constituencies, especially those in rural areas.

“I discussed with the Minister of Local Government, and he said he was going to discuss with MPs one by one. When the money reached K4 billion, we decided to close the list,” he said.
Gondwe added that other MPs will be allocated similar amounts in May.

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45 Comments

  1. Gondwe to say the fact is excellent in his economic management. No doubt that he is able to stand the heat and I hope that only death,natural ,will separate.

  2. He is old and don’t know what he is doing he must leave the office now this time is not for old people like him to be a minister

  3. Mukamanena atumbuka anayambana tchito wokhawokha inu anakuzani kuti mukhale mabulutu ndani kungoziwa kubelekana kwambiri kumasiyira Ana azimayi nkuchoka kukabelekaso kwina ndinu mabulutu tumbuka simungakwanise ndinu Ana.

  4. Oro mudapita ku sukulu palibe mukudziwa. munthu uyu adakhoza masamu ku sukulu inu bayoloje ndi history pepani awa adaphunzira masamu a durelo ngati muawadziwa zinazo zonyozana musiye oro abambo anu sadaphunzire ngati ameneyu. inu ntchito yanu nyau. ndi dzinamwali basi. welenganins kawiri mumve bwino.

  5. A Malawi tonse tidziwe kuti zomachita kudziwiratu kuti munthu akakula kwambiri sagwira bwino ntchito yake, ife nkumamusankhabe, olakwa ndiifeyo, becoz we are abusing the old man!

  6. at 82 still minister of finance? what a shame to mother malawi, kulibe anthu ena anzeru ku bomako oti atha kuyendetsa undunau.? chifukwa ndi unduna ofunika munthu wamagazi othamanga bwino osati magogo ngati awa ai

  7. Koma Malawi penapake, so since 2005 mpaka lero 2018 basi kumangova Gondwe, Gondwe, as minister of finance Kkkkkkk,,, tizit kukhwima or iyeyu ndidolo,, ,,,, Viva MCP,,, he must resign b4 end of this week,,,

  8. Mungoti apange resign osati muziti mtumbuka ndekuti chani inuyo ndinu andani?. Mundakali ndi moyo onyasa osakhana mitundu zimenezo ayi tonse ndi anthu komaso a malawi.

  9. Best finance minister ever…. Thumbs up Goodall you will die a minister…. Achinyamata kuba too much timaonera mma company umu

    • kumayakhula bwinotu atumbuka anakulakwirani chani ingomuzuzulani munthuyo osati atumbuka ayi tiyeni tikambe za Gondweyo asamanyoza azanu pirizi chonde

  10. Please MCP MP’s take these people into task, they should explain the K40 milion allocation.

    W A R N I N G
    If MCP MP’s accept the so called dubious money be it 20 million each as alleged that shall be a BIG blunder that will be hypocricy. Please take them into task, we are watching expecially MCP MP’s who might be tempted to have a share of so called dobious money.

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