Tags: Malawi Parliament

MPs pocketing allowances without attending plenary

A growing number of legislators have been absconding sittings of Parliament in the ongoing budget meeting despite pocketing allowances for nine weeks in advance. The Business Committee of Parliament has since mandated its secretariat to find out how other parliaments in the region deal with absenteeism after noting that the behaviour is becoming rampant. As it…

Malawi electoral reforms target next House meet

Scrapping off the first-past-the-post electoral system and other reforms aimed at improving legitimacy of the country’s election system and the credibility of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) may be sent to Parliament for approval as early as the next meeting, MEC and other stakeholders announced on Tuesday. The announcement was made at a news conference in…

Department of Statutory Corporations toothless—MP

Member of Parliament (MP) for Ntchisi North Boniface Kadzamira (Malawi Congress Party-MCP) has said the Department of Statutory Corporations lacks a clear Act to define its authority and functions over the parastatals it is mandated to oversee. In his contribution to the report on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises tabled in Parliament, the legislator…

Malawi lawmakers pass K36bn floods loan

Malawi Parliament on Tuesday authorised government to obtain a loan from the World Bank amounting to K36 billion (about $80 million) as part of the floods emergency recovery programme. Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and People’s Party (PP) attempted to thwart government’s move to have the Malawi Floods Emergency Recovery Loan Authorisation Bill passed over alleged…

Taml donates tea to MPs

Tea Association of Malawi (Taml), a representative body of tea estates, last Wednesday gave 50 kilogrammes (kg) of tea to members of Parliament (MPs) currently sitting in Lilongwe. The donation was received by the chairperson of Agriculture Committee of Parliament, Felix Jumbe, who is Salima Central MP. Taml chief executive officer Clement Thindwa, in an…

Malawi Budget 2015: MPs ambush Goodall on MSB sale

Opposition members of Malawi Parliament (MPs) today ambushed Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe to explain developments surrounding the disposal of the wholly State owned Malawi Savings Bank (MSB). The MPs made the queries as Gondwe was responding to questions during today’s question time which run into the second half of the…

Style versus substance as Chakwera responds to Mutharika’s major speech

As expected, President Peter Mutharika on Tuesday delivered his second State of the Nation Address as he opened the fourth meeting in the 45th Session of Parliament. The President’s major speech also marked the official opening of the 2015/16 Budget Meeting. A lot has already been said about the speech and I will not dwell…

Malawi Budget 2015: Chakwera brands APM ‘babysitter’

…Punches holes into his State of the Nation Address Leader of Opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera yesterday launched a scathing attack on President Peter Mutharika’s attempts to blow his own trumpet on the back of economic reforms, describing his State of the Nation Address as bureaucratic machinations. In his official response to the address in…

Exclusive Interview: MPs should not represent their own interests–Kasaila

Leader of the House FRANCIS KASAILA talks to Weekend Nation on next week’s budget sitting and other issues expected to be tabled. Q. How long will this sitting take? A. The 2015/16 budget sitting, which starts on Tuesday, May 5, will go on until July 3. As per tradition, the sitting will feature the President’s…

Parliament staff reject 18% pay hike offer

Parliament Secretariat staff yesterday disrupted business on the second day of the Mid-Term Budget Review meeting when they staged a strike after rejecting an 18 percent salary increase offer. The Parliament staff heckled Cabinet ministers as they entered the premises with placards. Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe left Parliament Building with…

Opposition parties talk tough on budget review

As the Malawi National Assembly resumes sitting today to review the first six months of implementing the 2014/15 National Budget, some opposition political parties have warned of stiff resistance should government fail to produce a conclusive explanation on its expenditure. Malawi’s Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe is expected to report to…

Parliament cracks whip on ministers, MPs in illegal timber trade

Some of the latest and most robust cutters and saws are frantically found in forest reserves across the country as hundreds—if not thousands—of the tallest and most prized trees in Malawi disappear virtually every day. Only environmental experts and some patriotic Malawians flinch at the thud produced by every tree as it tumbles to the…

Parliament rejects govt pay offer

As the public sector salary hike demand craze spreads like wildfire, employees of Parliament Secretariat have rejected government’s proposed increment of their salaries ranging from five percent to 23 percent that would have put them at par with the mainstream civil service. The staff have since asked the Department of Human Resource Management and Development…

Parliament’s PAC brands FIU toothless

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament has described the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) as toothless in its approach to the fight against corruption because it is merely an administrative body. PAC acting chairperson Kamlepo Kalua said on Tuesday, FIU, a government organ established under the Money Laundering, Proceeds of Serious Crimes and Terrorist Financing…