Deputy Speaker Chiwaya angers opposition MPs

Second Deputy Speaker Clement Chiwaya angered lawmakers mostly from the opposition, over his way of handling the proceeding of the House in rather a harsh way.

Chiwaya: Accused of being harsh

Chiwaya: Accused of being harsh

The MPs accused the deputy speaker of being undemocratic.

It started when member for parliament for Zomba Changalume, Johns Chikalimba (People’s Party –PP) stood on a point of order when Chiwaya allowed another MP to come up with a supplementary question before the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development (Hon. Dr Allan Chiyembekeza had responded to the issues he had raised.

“Mr Second Deputy Speaker, after the budget has passed, I think it would have been the direction of the government together with the opposition to work in this House under one common goal. When issues are raised, the idea is that we should address them. It is not that we are just arguing for the sake of arguments. We are raising issues so that together we should [address them],” said Chikalimba.

But Chiwaya said: “Honourable Member, you stood on a point of order and I gave you the floor. In the first instance you also stood on a point of order and that point of order you raised did not request me to make a ruling. You actually said it is out of order. You had ruled it yourself, what did you expect me to do? “

Chikalimba said he expected the Minister to respond.

The second deputy speaker asked Chikalimba to resume his seat.

But Chikalimba said:” It is not that we just raise issues for the sake of raising them but to come up with answers to solve the problems.”

Chiwaya responded: “But that is exactly what I am saying. If you want me to make a ruling on something then you have to ask me.  I am not going to make a ruling if you don’t ask me. (That is the procedure.”

The statement prompted Chikalimba to express his disappointment with the deputy speaker’s conduct.

“Mr Second Deputy Speaker, I think you have a very different approach today. This is not the way you behaved in the past days. All other presiding offers have not behaved in that manner,” said Chikalimba.

Chiwaya defended himself: “No, I am not going to repeat mistakes that other people have made in the past. I am going to guide the House according to the rules and Standing Orders of the House. That you have to understand. If some people made mistakes in the past, I am not going to be part and parcel of that. “

The second deputy speaker’s comment triggered another reaction from MP for Mzimba West, Harry Mkandawire who stood on a point of order.

“I am actually shocked, dumb founded and flabbergasted by the way you, Honourable Second Deputy Speaker, are handling points of order,” protested Mkandawire.

But as Mkandawire was speaking, Chiwaya cued in: “Honourable Member, before you continue, you are reflecting on the Chair and that is not accepted. Honourable Member, that is not acceptable. Let me explain a fact that has to be appreciated by everyone. When you rise on a point of order, you are asking me whether it is in order for a particular Member to say something, then I have to make a ruling. If you stand and say, it is out of order, you are asking me whether it is in order for a particular member to say something. Then I have to make a ruling. If you stand and say, it is out of order, you are telling me, and then what do you expect me to do? “

Then Mkandawire expressed the concerns against Chiwaya’s conduct.

“We are not happy the way you are handling this side of the House. You might as well tell us where you belong today,” said Mkandawire.

Chiwaya responded: “The reason why you are not happy with the way I am handling the House is because you are not following the procedures.”

Mkandawire reacted:” No, the Honourable Member for Rumphi East (Kamlepo Kalua) touched an issue affecting 14 million Malawians here. What could be more out of order than saying people are starving out there, including people of your constituency, Honourable Second Deputy Speaker, Sir?

The Second Deputy Speaker then said: “If you have a problem, you know the right procedure is to come up with a motion. “

Nkhata Bay Central MP Ralph Mhone (PP) also stood on a point of order to express his “disappointment” with Chiwaya’s conduct.

Chiwaya, however, asked Mhone to “follow the procedures.”

“It is not a point of order when you start expressing your concern,” said the second deputy speaker.

Mhone rephrased his statement:” Okay, let me say that it is out of order for the chairs of this august House not to be following our Standing Orders. I will give two examples. [Monday], the clerks including the Government Chief Whip misled the House and therefore the Speaker not to debate the supplementary bill contrary to Standing Order 46.”

Chiwaya told Mhone: “We had exhausted that issue. Why is it coming now? When you stand on a point of order, you are supposed to mention an anomaly that has taken place.”

The Nkhata Bay Central MP explained: “I am giving an example of what was out of order. [Monday], we were out of order by the table clerks and the Government Chief Whip misleading the Chair who was the Speaker that we could not debate the supplementary bill by not following Standing Order 46. Today, you are saying, you cannot rule on a point of order. This is contrary to Standing Order No. 96 which is here.”

The Second Deputy Speaker said the MPs have to ask him e to rule a point of order.

Mhone pointed out that Standing Order No. 96 say, that if somebody stands on a point of order, it is the duty of the Chair to rule whether that member is out of order or not.

“You cannot say you have to be asked. The Standing Order says, you must rule. That is what the Standing Order says,” said Mhone.

Chiwaya said he was not supposed to engage in a debate with the lawmaker.

“You know the procedures; you know the Standing Orders and that should be enough for you to understand the proceedings that we conduct in this House. Thank you.”

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26 thoughts on “Deputy Speaker Chiwaya angers opposition MPs”

  1. kesterchipala says:

    Atumba nose palibe chanu olo muliralire ndinu michira basi KKK usogoleri ndi Ku mwera.

  2. Why always tumbukas, you guys crying every day. I know you have got problem with their intelligence. You will never match tumbukas though they r few

  3. joger says:

    Inu nonse mukunyoza atumbuka ndinu opanda nzeru. Mamina okhaokha azadza mmitu mwanumo. Check yourself ngati uli ndi nzeru. Don’t u see mamina ozadza mmutu mwakomo. U r equally very very stupid like your relatives. I repeat, u r very very stupid like ………

  4. phodos says:

    Richard Msowoya is making a lot of mistakes which Clement Chiwaya can not repeat at all. High level of cognitive in Chiwaya. Not these useless Tumbukas. Bravo Chiwaya. On this day all the Tumbukas were no where to be seen. They hide their tails. That is how the speaker of parliament should operate.Not Msowoya is entertaining load of nonsenses. Stupid Msowoya. The only sensible Tumbuka for the post of speaker was Late Rodwell Mnyemnyembe and also this Mtonga Chimunthu Banda. Mind you I am a DPP die hard and Chimuthu Banda was our MP and when Mrs Namaloko took over Chimunthu worked professionally and Mrs Namaloko enjoyed him thoughout, that is what we expect from this idiotic Msowoya for the sake of peace in Malawi.You cant run government affairs at August House and save your MCP president at the same time. Impossible. Think twice Msowoya. there will be a crisis between you and other two junior speakers who are performing exceptionally good than you the useless big dude.

  5. MKWAPU says:


  6. neymar says:

    the guy(chiwaya) ndiokula mtima heavy, u can evn see it in his face…i’ve never liked him anyway!

  7. Khuth'upa o'Machemba says:

    It seems some MPs, from a certain region, were ganging up on the deputy speaker. Just to support a home boy! Not advance politics at all. That is too bad, because some of these MPs have a pretty good track record of debating substantive issues. They should let the speaker do his job; and he seems to know it well.

  8. wales banda says:

    Ndeu kumeneko ayi,tikuchosani job

  9. Munthu wamtundu says:

    For some of you that have written unsavory comments I am sad that you are using derogatory comments in attacking Chiwaya over the way he conducts the chamber. As a result of the said debate between Chiwaya and the law makers parliament has backed Chiwaya by issuing guidelines on how points of orders should be handled. Those of you that are close to members of parliament can find out. In the publication it is clear that a member has to start by asking the speaker that ” Is it in order for such and such member to say/do ………….. Chiwaya may be disabled as you put it but he knows what he does. Mind you Chiwaya did not want to be disabled.

    I respect him because he is intelligent and he can not follow mistakes that other speakers in the past made

  10. Beast Msonda says:

    Quote: “Mhone pointed out that Standing Order No.96 say(s), that if somebody stands on a point of order, it is the duty of the chair to rule whether that member is out of order or not.”

    I have said it many times and I will say it again here. Tumbukas are the dumbest people at least in Malawi. Chiwaya is following the same Standing Order No.96 and somebody (Mhone) brings it up yet he is failing to understand it. According to that Standing Order No.9, it is only the chair who can rule a member holding the floor to be out of order. According to that Standing Order, another member can rise on point of order and point out the error in the member holding the floor. And it will be up to the chair weigh that error and rule the member holding the floor to be out of order.

    Following this Standing Order No.9, what Chiwaya is saying is that if a member rises on point of order and rule the other member holding the floor to be out of order then the Chair will not do anything because that member rising on point of order has already done the Chair’s job. So what should the chair do? Oh my God, we have mbuli in this August House. Is this difficult to understand?

    Chiwaya is trying to follow that Standing Order No.9. It is only the Chair that can rule a member to be out of order. The duty of the other member is just to point out the error in the member holding the floor and not to rule him/her to be out of order. Anthu awa pena amamvesa chisoni kwambiri.

    1. Beast Msonda says:

      CORRECTION: Replace “No.9” with “No.96”

  11. Professor Dr. James Napwiri Phiri says:

    It is bad that MPs are debating on petty issues. Dont we have formal channels to complain about the biasedness of speakers in the house?

  12. Jubulu says:

    Chiwaya is suffering from an inferiority complex

  13. musova says:

    Ndakuvetsetsa Chiwaya uwsphunzitse mmene malamuro amayendera mpaliyamenti

  14. Umbuli a Kalithera pali nkhani ya ntundu apa. Nanga muuzeni Pitara apange ma Parliament atatu, Ya Lhomwe(south) with Chiwaya, Ya Chewa (central)with whom you know,and Ya Tumbuka(north) with Msowoya ngati zingatheke nde kuti uli ndi nzeru apoo bii, mbuzii yeniyeni,Kalithera.

  15. lilie says:

    chiwaya akupanga zomwe anaphuzira sono ma mp enanu nkalasi inathera panjira thats y you pple are aguing in that house over nothing y cnt u do something that will help malawi instead of doing that while nthawi ikutha end of that day u are going to get the allowances yet the other person sanapezeke kathu after kuzungulira the whole…..musatikwiise amalawife

  16. Jelbin mk says:

    Mr chiwaya wants to bring new ways of debating in the house because since I was able to follow parliamentary proceedings everywhere in the world I have never heard a member of parliament asking the chair to rule someone within the chamber out of order. It is really the chair’s duty to rule the member holding the floor out or not out of order after another member raises a point of order. I have never heard a member saying”Mr/Madam speaker can you rule the honourable member who is holding the floor now out of order for misleading information” But it is as simple as “Mr/Madam speaker the honourable member is holding is out of order because of so so so” and the chair has to respond by either agreeing with the member raising a point of order or not agreeing with the point of order simple and clear so what chiwaya is bringing in the house is trying to create parliamentary crisis of standing orders. He is not fit to hold such an impartial position he behaves in a political way which is not good in the house because he seems to have a vendetta against the opposition maybe because of their willingness to enforce the controversial section (65)

    1. Beast Msonda says:

      Nanu inu how old are you? Is it may be the level of understanding or what? What Chiwaya is saying is that it is only the chair that can rule any member to be out of order and not a fellow member standing on point of order and rule instead of just pointing out the error in the speech of the member holding the floor.

  17. Kalithera says:

    Kodi bwanji ma MP a chitumbuka mukulimbana ndi Chiwaya ? Manyazi mulibe ? Zilimbanani ndi Msowoya wanu yemweyo. Chiwaya wathuyu tisiireni

  18. Noxy says:

    Chiwaya a man on the Seat.Tiye nazoni

  19. Gulugufe says:

    Mkhululukireni munthuyu ndi wopunduka!

    1. MSANA WA PETURO says:

      Kodi ndiwopunduka ndi nzeru zomwe? Is that what you are telling Malawians?

  20. ZZ Junior says:

    Bauze chiwaya bauze amvetsetse lero. More fire you the best deputy speaker ever. ” I am not going to repeat mistakes other people(Speakers) have made in the past”. Chiwaya u de man!!!!

  21. Joseph says:

    Ncooooo shame. Is Chiwaya feeling intimidated by the opposition? Is that why he is so desperately trying to stump his authority? To be recognised? Ncoooo poor deputy speaker, throwing toys for attention huh? No wonder the UDF/DPP wants you as speaker and impeache your senior- Msowoya. Shame.

  22. Nyau Isthobwa says:


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