Malawi’s Finance Minister Withdraws Aviation Bill

ParliamentMalawi’s Finance Minister Dr. Goodall Gondwe has referred the Aviation Bill back to the Parliament’s Transport Committee after it attracted criticism by members of opposition parties.
The Bill was asking authorisation for government to borrow K9.8 billion to upgrade aviation systems at Chileka and Lilongwe International Airports.
The opposition members said that the document had a number of errors including that some of the projects were already funded in the previous documents.
Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Parliamentarian Jacob Hara told the house that the bill lacked concrete information on what government said was updated equipment and infrastructure needed at the airports.
The Parliamentarian went on to say that there was a great need for government to gather more information on all the equipment it plans to procure in order to meet the standards of the world aviation system because the one it intends to procure is not necessarily new.
Also commenting on the bill, Mr Werani Chilenga of the People’s Party (PP) noted that some equipment that is listed in the plan under the bill was already been bought.
He cited the CCTV which he said it was recently bought by government adding that the project to erect a new fence at Chileka International Airport was already done three years ago.
But before members started debating the bill, the Minister stood on a point of order and asked that it be referred back to the committee of transport to revisit the number of the areas raised by the opposition members.