Chakwera Faces MPs the Third Time

Chakwera Faces MPs the Third Time

President Lazarus Chakwera is this morning appearing in Parliament, barely two weeks after delivering his third State of the Nation Address (Sona), this time, to answer questions from Parliamentarians on various issues of national importance.

Speaker of the National Assembly Catherine Gotani Hara in her announcement Monday indicated that President Chakwera is expected at Parliament at 9:15 am.

“Honourable members, as it was communicated earlier, President Lazarus Chakwera will be in the house to answer your questions tomorrow. After the President has finished taking the questions, the house will be adjourned to the afternoon session.” Said Hara.

This will be the third time for President Chakwera to face members of Parliament since he took power in June 2020.

Section 89(3)(c) of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi provides that the President shall each year, immediately before the consideration of the official budget, attend Parliament and shall respond to questions.

Under this provision, Members of Parliament may ask questions about important issues affecting the nation.

Since the law was put in place, only former President Bakili Muluzi and incumbent Chakwera have complied. Muluzi only did so twice.

Experts have observed that the questions to the president have remained highly structured and seemingly designed to minimize the questions to which the President responds.

Meanwhile, Parliament has asked Leader of Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa to bring to the house evidence on remarks he made about corrupt ministers.

Nankhumwa in his response last week to President Chakwera’s Sona alleged that Chakwera is keeping corrupt ministers.

Gotani Hara communicated that Nankhumwa should bring the evidence Tuesday failing which he should withdraw his statement.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 15/02/2022

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