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Malawi Government plans to save Billions over 5 Years

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Malawi: Amid calls from the donor community that Malawi should avoid a repetition of Cashgate to retain aid, President Peter Mutharika has disclosed that his government will save up to MK 20 Billion in the next five years from cutting various expenses.
Earlier on Monday British High Commissioner to Malawi, Michael Nevin announced after meeting Mutharika in Blantyre that his country would not resume aid should Malawi fail to meet the prescribed conditions some of which were to cut wasteful expenditures and ensure all corrupt practices in the infamous Cashgate scandal were investigated.

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Malawi Government to save Billions

Seemingly responding to the donor community, Mutharika said during a rally in Balaka on Wednesday that his administration intends to save resources amounting to MK20 Billion as another means of winning the trust of the donor community.
According to Mutharika government had already taken the initiative by appointing a lean cabinet of 20 members.
“Government is geared to attain he trust we used to have from the donors, we are saving a lot. The measures we have put in place are proving effective as in the next five years we are saving such a huge amount (MK20 Billion)

He therefore called on all civil servants to desist from corruption saying that all people found will face the law.
On the other hand, Mutharika called on all tax payers to honour their taxes in a bid to have a sound economy.
The Malawi leader then warned authorities in the Farm Inputs Subsidy Program (FISP) of corruption in saying that his government will take to task all people who will have tendencies to damage his reputation.
Donors had withheld aid following revelations that funds were deliberately looted at the state house in the scandal dubbed Cashgate whose amounts are now pegged around MK20.3 Billion.

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