The change of the regime has come at a time that parliament is sitting, meaning that the Democratic Progressive Party parliamentarians will switch from government side to opposition, and Tonse Alliance members move to government when the house resumes sitting.
Parliament will on Monday reconvene after a week-long break as legislators went to take part in the 23rd June Fresh Presidential Election, where Tonse Alliance carried the day.
Stakeholders have therefore expressed different views on what Malawians should expect on how Members of Parliament will handle sitting arrangement and proceedings in the house.
Social commentator Wonderful Mkhutche expects some parliamentarians to cross the floor, noting this will facilitate improved deliberation of business in the house.
“Malawians should not expect fighting in the August House because as we have seen before, because some opposition members will surely move to the government side which will spur improved proceedings,” said Mkhutche.
Political commentator Humphrey Mvula has differed with Mkhutche saying it is difficult to predict future of DPP-UDF legislators in parliament as they are now in opposition.
“We cannot say for sure the future of the DPP and UDF parliamentarians, but they may also try to frustrate the MCP government in the house, and hold it to ransom,” he said.
“Technically, the expectation is that some of them may join ranks with the ruling side, adding he is not sure how the DPP and UDF parliamentarians will survive in opposition,” Mvula added.