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Think-tank tells Malawi govt to implement economic class travels

An economic think tank, Malawi Economic Justice Network (Mejn) has told the government to immediately implement a parliamentary resolution that restricts civil and public servants travel by economy class, saying up to K8 billion would be saved every year.

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Kubalasa:Economy class would be part of austerity

Mejn executive director Dalitso Kubalasa said two months after parliament unanimously agreed to stop civil and public officers from using business class of planes, the civil servants and public officers continue to use the luxurious but very expensive class.

“I know that it takes time to implement decisions in government. There is their own way of communication but this one should be treated as a matter of urgency, the K8 billion can be used elsewhere in this harsh economic climate,” he said.

Spokesperson for ministry of Finance Nations Msowoya said treasury is waiting official communication from the Chief Secretary to the Office of the President and Cabonet George Mkondiwa.

“Once we receive the official communication from him, we will implement this,” said Msowoya.

Mkondiwa could not be reached for comment as he is reportedly in United States of America preparing for the stay of President Peter Mutharika during the month long UN General Assembly conference and other side meetings and activities.

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