United Democratic Front (UDF) youthful president Atupele Muluzi briefly send the new parliament into light moments of laughter when he congratulated the Speaker-elect Richard Msowoya, saying he is coming from “ungo’ono ung’ono” [young generation].
Msowoya, first vice president of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) was declared Speaker of the National Assembly. He got 101 votes, Democratic Progressive Party’s Francis Kasaila got 89 votes and there was only one null and void vote.
In his congratulatory message in the House, Atupele said: “On behalf of UDF and myself, We wish you all the very best in your role as Speaker of National Assembly.
“I hope that I will not be reflecting on the Chair (Speaker). It appears that we have a Speaker from ung’ono ung’ono generation [Young generation].”
The MPs cracked into some laughter.
Atupele also recognised the past immediate Speaker, Henry Chimunthu Banda, “for an excellent job as he guided the house for the past five years.”
The UDF leader said to ‘Mr Speaker Sir’ that: “We will work with you as you serve the people of Malawi.”
DPP’s Mussa congratulated Msowoya and pledged that DPP will work with him.
“I rise to place on record our sincerely congratulations for emerging the victor at the just ended elections of the Speaker of National Assembly,” he said.
“We stand ready to cooperate with you we equally stand ready to work with you.”
Former ruling People’s Party (PP) Uladi Mussa says PP will support him and has confidence in Msowoya.
Msowoya holds a Masters degree in Supply Chain Management and has worked in various capacities locally and internationally.
He has also served as Deputy Minister of Education and Minister of State.
Msowoya was also running mate to MCP presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera which further elevated his status on the political arena.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :