The outgoing Malawi National Assembly Speaker Henry Chimunthu Banda will launch his book on Wednesday at the Bingu International Conference Center (BICC) in the capital Lilongwe, he has disclosed.
Briefing joiurnalists in Lilongwe, Chimunthu Banda said the book is chronicling the physical and procedural evolution that has developed since 1907 when the Legislative Council, a precursor to the Malawi Parliament, was established.
The book, titled “Malawi Parliament: Origins, Reforms and Practices” and provides clear and compelling insights into the history, reforms, usages and practices of the Malawi Parliament, said Chimunthu Banda.
“This book is for everyone, sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), those aspiring, those who want to deepen their insight on what happens in the August house.
“Journalists will also have a book to turn to in order to get some parliamentary procedures and understanding some terms used on the floor,” he said.
He said with a living experience of 15 years in the house by the author, compiled in it are the footnotes for the reader to be conversant with parliamentary jargons.
Chimunthu said so far, 1000 copies have already been printed and the cover price will be let out of the bag on the day of the launch.
“As we look into the future of our Parliament at the conclusion of 50 years after attainment of national statehood, we envision a growing awareness and appreciation of the role Parliament as a key state institution in the democratisation system of governance.
“We think citizens ought to have better understanding of their institution since Parliament exists for the people and vice versa,” he says.
This book is written for that specific purpose-to deepen citizens’ insight into the Malawi Parliament, he adds.
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