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Malawian economist against malata, Cement subsidies

One of the beneficiaries of malata and cement subsidy programme

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)— Chancellor College-based economist Professor Ben Kalua, has advised the government to scrap the malata, and cement subsidy programme off the national budget, arguing that the initiative has failed to meet the intended results.

The programme is one of the much-touted initiatives by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), aimed at transforming the living standards of the poor people, especially those living in rural areas.

Kalua’s comments, come amidst the 2017/2018 parliamentary budget meeting that is currently underway in Lilongwe.

According to our sister Nation newspaper, Kalua is quoted as challenging the members of parliament (MPs), to take advantage of the budget meeting, to scrap the malata and cement subsidy programme.

“This programme must go, because it’s a waste of resources. Instead, government should come up with a budget that will focus on economic infrastructure investment and development,” Kalua argued as quoted in the Nation newspaper.

Kalua further advised the MPs to demand an audit from the DPP-led administration into the performance of the 2016/2017 Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP), before they pass the next allocation into the program.

 

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