PAC takes President Banda to task

President Joyce Banda has responded to issues raised by the Public Affairs Committee during a meeting at Kamuzu palace early this month.

The grouping wanted President Banda to declare her assets, reduce Frequent Travels, address corruption in the government, repeal bad laws and to open up the state controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation.

President Banda posted on her facebook page that she already declared her Assets after assuming the presidency and the documents are with Parliament.

She observes that the law is silent on what happens when officials leave office, saying she has since directed the Attorney General to begin the process of addressing the shortfalls in the Asset Declaration Act.

On corruption, the president says the government has introduced stringent monitoring mechanism of resources in all Government departments, to save millions of kwacha in public resources.

The president has defended herself on frequent travels saying she needed to articulate her vision and lobby for support and investment for the country to recover.

In the process, the president claims the government has generated more than US$1 billion in grants and loans; and more than US$820 million of investment projects have been approved by Malawi Investment and Trade Centre.

On bad laws the president affirms that several of the laws have already been repealed.

While on opening up MBC President Banda challenges the concerned parties to be proactive in using the institution.

She has not commented much on issues surrounding the arrest of DPP Officials and Other Government Officials saying the matters are in the hands of the Judiciary.

She brushed aside rumors that Government plans to push these cases when we are close to the elections, saying the calendar of the case is determined by the Judicial Programme, the Executive arm of Government does not control the pace of the case.

Meanwhile, President Banda says she has called for a process to develop a National Master Plan for 2014-2064 which will involve all stakeholders.

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