Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

2 September 2014

Malawi: Party Leaders to Track the National Budget

Dowa — The Center for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) says political party leaders being representatives of the people at local level have a key role in shaping and tracking the national budget.

CMD's consultant, Richard Chiputula told Malawi News Agency (Mana) after a daylong training for political party forums (PPFs) in participatory budget and budget tracking held at the Dowa District Council Chamber on Monday.

The training brought together district party chairpersons, governors and other Multi Party Liaison Committee (MPLC) members.

Chiputula said the national budget constitute a means through which government delivers development to the people.

"Citizens have to take keen interest in its formulation and implementation of development project," said Chiputula.

He said in practice, budgets are not always implemented in the exact form in which they were approved due to poor financial management systems, corruption and feeble oversight.

The consultant emphasized on the need for budget tracking saying public expenditure involves monitoring of the flow of financial or physical resources to the council, allocation of resources, expenditure on given projects and quality of work against money spent.

Opposition Peoples Party district governor for Dowa, Mr. Mark Kachiphuya asked the council to close the gap between the ruling and opposition party members to ensure that all benefit equally in the implementation of development projects in the district.

Dowa district council Director of Planning and Development (DPD), Emmanuel Bulukutu called for inclusion of the party leaders in the Area Development Committees (ADCs) and traditional authorities in sharing experience on how to develop the district.

CMD is a partner to the Malawi Government - civil society organizations' taskforce that is coordinating the implementation of activities meant to strengthen the local governance system in Malawi.

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