Tags: Parliament

MPs faulted on fees reduction motion

  Education activists have faulted a proposal by opposition members of Parliament (MPs) to stop the increase in fees in public secondary and tertiary education institutions, saying the decision could further worsen education standards. In his motion in Parliament on Friday, Salima Central MP Felix Jumbe (Malawi Congress Party-MCP) argued that the recent hike of…

AG to give report to Parliament’s PAC today

The Auditor General is tomorrow expected to present to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament a forensic audit report which found that about K24 billion was siphoned through various means from government coffers within six months in 2013. The report has been released to the public through the Ministry of Information, but some sections…

PAC courts Speaker over Section 65

The Public Affairs Committee (PAC) is on Wednesday scheduled to meet Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya and his team at Parliament Building in Lilongwe over implementation of Section 65 and other constitutional issues. PAC executive director Robert Phiri confirmed the meeting in an interview on Wednesday. Accompanying the board and executive of the committee to the…

Parliament lacks research capacity

Despite holding massive volumes of information which can benefit the general public, Parliament does not have needed research competence on its functions. This was revealed during a public lecture at University of Malawi’s Chancellor College (Chanco) organised by First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje Nkhoma last Friday. Chilenje Nkhoma said Parliament had only two researchers…

Reflecting on Malawi’s 50 years of post-independence gains and losses

Introduction This week Malawi celebrated 50 years of independence. During these 50 years there have been episodes of progress punctuated by tragedies of missed opportunities and inconsistent policy development and implementation. It is now an opportune time to reflect on the last 50 years and learn from the past, to understand the present and shape…

Activist hails Malawi MPs for maturity

Civil rights activist, Rafiq Hajat who is executive director for Institute for Policy Interaction (IPI) has said the absence of floor crossing by party-sponsored parliamentarians in the just-ended Parliament session means the country’s democracy has matured. Speaking in an interview last week, Hajat said though there are several independent parliamentarians who have announced their allegiance to political parties, the behaviour…

MCP chairs 14 parliamentary committees

Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has scooped leadership of 14 of the 20 parliamentary committees during elections held on Friday. Democratic Progress Party (DPP) and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) which amassed 50 seats and 48 seats were allocated five members each per  committee whereas United Democratic Front (UDF), which won 14 members of Parliament (MPs) and…

Speaker happy with House

Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya has described the just-ended 45th session of the House as mature, saying members realised that their role is to serve Malawians. The House rose on Friday after passing some bills, electing the Speaker, his deputies and members of various parliamentary committees. Parties appointed people into various parliamentary leadership positions such…

Parliament adjourns

Malawi’s first meeting of the 45th parliamentary session adjourned today with members passing the $50 million (K1.2 billion) International Development Association (IDA) Bill. The $50million loan is also expected to support expansion of infrastructure and facilities at the public colleges, development and revision of curricula, staff development, but also procurement of teaching and learning materials.…

House okays K20bn borrowing

Parliament yesterday gave government the go-ahead to borrow $50.9 million (about K20 billion) from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank to finance increasing access to higher education in Malawi. Targeted beneficiary institutions include the University of Malawi (Unima) constituent colleges—Chancellor and The Polytechnic, the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar).…

JB’s son queries borrowing

Zomba Malosa Constituency Member of Parliament (PP) Roy Kachale Banda, son to former president Joyce Banda, says Malawi needs answers to the continued over-borrowing by governments, literally mortgaging the country. Kachale Banda said this in his contribution to the debate on the Multinational-Nacala Road Corridor Development Project which seeks to authorise the Malawi Government to…

House rejects K20bn loan bill

Parliament yesterday rejected a $50 million (about K20 billion) Loan Authorisation Bill for government to borrow funds from the World Bank to finance increasing access to higher education at the University of Malawi (Unima) colleges, vocational education provider Teveta and Mzuzu University (Mzuni). The rejection took government by surprise after it received overwhelming support from…

Esther Mcheka-Chilenje, first deputy speaker of parliament

Who is Esther? I am the first born of late Mr. and Mrs. Edna Mcheka-Chilenje. I am Member of Parliament for Nsanje North Constituency. I am a woman of strong faith. I am blessed with colleagues who entrusted me with the responsibility to serve as the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament. I was privileged to…

Budget crisis

Treasury is struggling to design the 2014/15 National Budget as its number crunchers sweat to find fiscal space in the next financial plan for a record high domestic debt stock as well as unpaid arrears, Weekend Nation has learnt. While noting on Friday that the period between being declared winner of the presidential election at…

Probe DPP graft too—Chakwera

Leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera has asked government to prosecute individuals who looted public resources in the previous Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration while continuing with investigations into the 2012/13 Cashgate. In a scathing response to President Peter Mutharika’s State of the Nation Address delivered on Tuesday which he described as a wish-list, Chakwera, who…