Lilongwe, March 1: Leader of the House Henry Phoya has assured Members of Parliament that the midterm budget will be revised and presented to the house before the current session ends next week.
Making the announcement in the chamber, Phoya who is also Minister of Lands and Housing, said changes had to be made to the original presented by Finance Minister Dr. Ken Lipenga two weeks ago.
He said, "Figures in the budget are meaningless because civil servants have salaries increased and that was not planned for in this budget."
Phoya added, "The ministry of finance will rework the figures. I can assure the house that the budget will go through the committee stage and the vote by vote procedure."
During Thursday’s sitting, Finance minister Ken Lipenga moved a motion to curtail the debate to the next sitting of parliament causing commotion in the house and subsequent adjournment of the house.
The midterm budget was presented to the house before civil servants went on strike and eventually agreed a 61 percent pay hike which was not included in the midterm budget.