MCP MPs boycott deliberations over Electoral Reforms Bill

Written by  Gladys Nthenda

Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) legislators on Monday boycotted parliamentary deliberations over government’s delay to present the electoral reforms bill in the august House.

Chakwera: Leader of Opposition in Parliament Chakwera: Leader of Opposition in Parliament

Standing on a point of order when Parliament resumed; Leader of the Opposition Dr. Lazarus Chakwera expressed concern that being the 4th week of its business and having gone through the Order Paper he doubted if the reforms bill will come before the National Assembly.

He demanded to know the status of the Bill from government arguing that he needed to go back and consult his constituents who are interested in the matter.

Taking his turn, Leader of the House Kondwani Nankhumwa; explained that government is meeting with some of the business committee members over the electoral related laws and clarified that the Bill is ready only that it is working on procedures.

This did not amuse the MCP parliamentarians who all walked out in protest against government’s delay to table the bill.

Together with his henchmen the MCP Leader stated that this is not acceptable and marched out to allow the business Committee to meet and discuss the matter.

Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya observed that boycotts are acceptable in a democracy.

MCP MPs Walking Out of Parliament

He nonetheless informed the remaining members to continue with deliberations and promised to convene a Business Committee meeting on Tuesday.   

Concurring with the Speaker Nankhumwa confirmed that the Business Committee meeting will be convened on Tuesday morning.

Following the walking out of the MCP members the House continued its business with a ministerial statement on the current situation on the alleged blood suckers in Malawi presented by Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister Cecelia Chazama.


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