LILONGWE (Malawian Watchdog)—The main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) second deputy secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka has said that his party including the party president who is also leader of opposition Dr Lazarus Chakwera does not want to be part of “experimenting with people’s taxes.”
Malawi Minister of Finance Goodal Gondwe allocated K4 bilion kwacha to 86 parliamentary constituencies before government committed to share to all 193 constituencies after it was exposed.
Mkaka said his party does not want to be part of an arrangement embroiled in “dishonesty and thievery.”
He said the oldest party does not want to be associated with sharing the “mess” created by Ministries of Finance and Local Government.
Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe insisted the money was from taxes, grants and borrowing and was saved from the re-adjustments of the 2017/18 budget that saw cuts to the development budget.
Asked to explain why the party’s leadership in parliament accepted the arrangement; Mkaka said the party had little information.
“This issue happened within two days and the leader of opposition was trying to get as much information on the issue as possible. That is why he made a statement that he does not want to be party to the experiment that government is making with people’s money,” he said adding that “in plain language, we in MCP do not want to be party to the mess and that is the stand of the party.”