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Bingu Remains Adamant on ZDB

The decision to adopt a Zero Deficit Budget (ZDB) in the 2011/12 fiscal year does not mean that Malawi no longer needs donor support but we must not  always kneel down before them, President Bingu wa Mutharika has said.

The Malawi president was speaking Saturday when he opened the new Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) office complex – Msonkho House in Blantyre.

“Adopting zero deficit budget is not rejection of donor support but what we don’t want is begging,” said the Malawi President

This is the second time that Professor Mutharika has been forced to comment on the ambitious financial plan introduced when Lilongwe expelled British High Commissioner and also fell-out with other donors.

Last week when he was opening parliament, the president also faulted some commentators whom he accused of not understanding the real idea about the zero deficit budget.

“The zero deficit budget has unwarranted unnecessary debate from those who haven’t understood the concept. The rationale behind the concept is that recurrent expenditures in the national budget be financed from our own domestic resources while development projects will continue to be financed by grants and loans from external sources,

“Forty eight years after independence we should not still be asking donors to pay our salaries, house allowances, government rentals. Is that what is meant by independence? ,” queried Mutharika in his state of the nation address in parliament last Friday.

Meanwhile, renowned economic commentator and historian Dr. Dudwa Phiri has said abandoning zero deficit budget cannot rescue Malawians from the current economic hardships.

“The immediate solution is to restore good relations between Malawi and donor partners so that they can start providing aid which they are withholding,” said Phiri.—Zodiak Online

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0 #5 Flame 2012-02-23 06:37
Bravo Mr President. Stand for what you believe is right.
0 #4 Chambe concoction 2012-02-18 14:06
Ine ngakhale nditakhala kuti ndaphunzira bwino bwanji ndipo ndili independent sindingayambe chidani ndi malume anga kapena achimwene anga amene adandilipilira sukulu. I will just maintain a good relationship podziwa kuti tsiku lina udzakomananso ndi mavuto ndipo adzakuthandiza.
0 #3 Lyolyolyolyo 2012-02-13 13:37
Bingu is being fooled on ZDB. Ken Lipenga announced the total cash collected matches with our reccuring expenditure! This is a blue lie.

What people must know is that Government accounting is on payment basis. If they don't pay for a service which they have used, it will not be included in their expenditure. As a result, Government is not paying its suppliers in order to be seen to be spending within budget.

ZBS, I salute for your investgative reporting that you do, which you air in 'Report of The Week. Go to varios private companies and individual, even parastatals, and find out how much they are being owed by Government. You will be shocked. These are services already consumed, but they are afraid that if they pay, the ZDB will be fail. Technically its failing.

0 #2 kaliya 2012-02-12 08:30
ZDB is a good initiative but it needed to be implemented in phases. But the motivation of Bingu are wrong, because he wants to use to avoid scrutiny on human rights violations. Besides, i feel this was possible if Bingu reduced stealing our taxes together with Mulli. the man has stolen too much from us. so Mr president, just shut your mouth and allow us to find ways to survive without distractions
0 #1 Austin Chikande 2012-02-12 04:37
ZDB again?????

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