Federal System Govt Motion Hangs in Balance

Federal System Govt Motion Hangs in Balance

The re-tabling of a motion to introduce a federal system of government in the country remains uncertain as Parliament is skeptical as to when the motion can be re-tabled in this current sitting of parliament.

During the 48th session of Parliament of 2019/2020, Mzimba North Lawmaker moved a motion on the introduction of the Federal System of Government, but the matter was referred to Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament for scrutiny.

While the legislator, Yeremiah Chihana claims to have again written both Business Committee as well as Speaker of Parliament for his intentions to re-table the motion, Leader of the House, Richard Chimwendo Banda says the Speaker's Office was better placed to comment.

"The issue regarding re-tabling the motion can be answered by Office of the Speaker," said Chimwendo Banda.

However, Speaker of Parliament, Catherine Gonani Hara told Zodiak Online Tuesday that her office is yet to receive a fresh request on the motion in this current sitting of parliament.

"I only knew that the motion was brought in Parliament during the 48th session and all business in that session were prolongated. Therefore, in this 49th session, my office is yet to receive a fresh request on the same," said Gotani.

Meanwhile, Chihana who is behind the motion has expressed dismay with delays for the motion to be re-tabled in Parliament.

"For the interest of equitable distribution of resources and development in the country, adoption of Federal System of Government is the solution to challenges brought by current system of government," said Chihana.

Chihana has vowed that he will make another request if the current one made earlier is not considered by Parliament.

In 2018, the motion was defeated in the same House, when it was brought by Rumphi East legislator, Kamlepo Kalua.

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