Some opposition members of parliament are under heavy criticism for attacking government for purchasing a new vehicle on President Mutharika’s convoy despite being the same ‘honourable members’ who authorized the procurement of the vehicle in Parliament.
During the 2016/2017 national financial year, members of Parliament led by three committees: Legal Affairs, Commissions and Statutory Authorities and Public Appointments (Pac) passed the bill after appreciating that most of the vehicles being used are experiencing breakdowns hence the need to replace them.
Now that one of the vehicles has been procured, Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Accounts Committee-PAC Kamlepo Kalua has started contradicting himself faulting the President for buying the vehicle.
According to media reports, the PAC deputy chair is on record as having said that President Peter Mutharika is not exercising financial prudence by buying the vehicle at a time over 6 million Malawians are facing acute food shortages.
The vehicle in question, a Lexus, was first used on Thursday when the President launched the national identification documents-IDs and later at a public rally in Mchinji.
Critics are saying the President shouldn’t have bought the car instead use the money for the purchase of food supplies for people being affected by hunger in the country.
However, it has come to light that Parliament approved a State Residences vote which asked for the procurement of ten vehicles for the Presidential motorcade.
Information sourced by this publication shows that the vehicles on the motorcade ten years old and pose a risk to the president and the nation as a whole, as they belong to the government.
Appearing before parliamentary committees before the purchase of the convoy, State Residences Deputy Director General, Lawford Palani, told the gathering that the vehicles will be a replacement of the fleet that had aged.
He said most of the vehicles being used are experiencing breakdowns hence the need to replace them.
“Some of the vehicles were procured in 2005 and in this year’s budget we plan to at least to purchase new vehicles,” Palani said