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Chakwera Snubs Nankhumwa on Parliament Appearance

Chakwera Chakwera - file photo

President Lazarus Chakwera has snubbed a direct request from Leader of Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa to respond to two motions he submitted in parliament last week.

Nankhumwa wrote president Chakwera to appear in the August House and respond to the two blocked motions, which he argues, are of national importance.

The Leader of Opposition (LoP) in parliament wrote to president Chakwera to provide the Malawian people answers on the scarcity of maize, fertiliser and forex shortages affecting Malawians.

In another motion, Nankhumwa wanted Chakwera to respond to challenges affecting the registration of Malawians in the National Registration database and his government’s insistence on using the National ID as the only document allowing citizens to register in the voter’s role.

The LoP further went on to allege that Leader of government Business in the house Richard Chimwendo Banda instructed Malawi Congress Party legislators to shoot down both motions.

He wrote: “The deliberate blocking of this constitutional obligation by your MPs (members of parliament) is therefore tantamount to denying Malawians their right to hear from their president on the topical national matters.”

In response to the Thursday letter sent by Nankhumwa to Chakwera, after the motions were defeated, presidential press secretary Anthony Kasunda says the president will not meddle in parliamentary affairs.

"The two motions were defeated, and the President cannot impose himself on Parliament. When there is a consensus, the President gets communication from the office of the Speaker," said Kasunda.

The legislators are meeting in the 50th session for a mid-year budget review.

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