Do not be coward on HEQs: Mutharika told to face Malawi MPs grilling

Malawi lawmakers have insisted that they want to grill President Peter Mutharika in parliament as part of accountability politics, saying he should oblige to the constitutional requirement.

Chakwantha (left)  with opposiiton leader Lazarus Chakwera: Ready to give Mutharika political grilling in parliament on HEQs

Chakwantha (left) with opposiiton leader Lazarus Chakwera: Ready to give Mutharika political grilling in parliament on HEQs

Opposition lawmakers argue that the fact that there is no opportunity for parliament to hold to account the only member of the executive branch of government who is elected – the Head of State – is a serious cause for concern.

But, Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale has said Parliament should draft the agenda of the President answering questions from the lawmakers if it was necessary and invite the Head of State.

In National Assembly, Ministers answer questions from lawmakers but the MPs argue that ministers are not elected an only the presidency is, saying Mutharika should face His Excellency’s Question Time (HEQs) style-session since holding the executive to account is one of the three responsibilities parliament.

Chairperson of the Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament, Peter Chakhwantha, has since said if President Mutharika fails to appear before Parliament before the final consideration of the 2015/16 National Budget will be accused of “higher moral turpitude” which is an impeachable offence.

“I am sure he won’t allow himself to be seen [that] arrogant to take this path, particularly when donors have already been calling for him to demonstrate good governance and tight fiscal disciplinary steps,” Chakwantha is quoted by Daily Times.

“It is important for us, as MPs, to be put on track so we can make informed choices before we pass the 2015/16 Budget. We need to know what policies have worked or failed Malawians, what the government has done with the budget we passed in 2014 before we even pass this 2015/16,” said Chakhwantha.

He further charged that as representatives of poor Malawians, the lawmakers need a conversation with “our dear leader, the professor of constitutional law. There is nothing unconventional.”

According to Section 89 (3) of the Constitution, the President is required to submit himself before Parliament without necessarily being invited by anyone as he does with the State of the Nation Address.

The call for HEQs have received backing from the civil society with Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) executive director Timothy Mtambo and rights campaigner Billy Mayaya, saying Mutharika should appear before Parliament.

“For instance, there is the issue of Malawi Savings Bank (MSB) which we believe has to be clarified by the President in his capacity as Malawi’s CEO. He (Mutharika) has a tendency of keeping quiet when issues of national importance are being discussed,” said Mtambo as quoted in Daily Times.

Mayaya said any excuse being made that implies the President may not appear before Parliament is illegal.

Malawian professor of law based at the University of Cape Town, Danwood Chirwa, has clarified that the President does not have to be called by Parliament for him or her to answer questions posed by MPs for the HEQs.

Chirwa said the President “is constitutionally obliged to appear before Parliament every year, immediately before the consideration of the budget, to do [the said] three related things.”

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47 thoughts on “Do not be coward on HEQs: Mutharika told to face Malawi MPs grilling”

  1. Mlomwe Ozindikira says:

    hey a malawi anzanga President akuimirira malawi yonse, monganso ma Mp ayimilira madera mwawo. Chotero iye ngati president ayenera ndithu kukayankha mafunso a ma mp, amene akuyimirira mu malawi amene sangathe kumufunsa mtsogoleri wao. Izinso zili mu mala mulo athu; ndiye mukakhala pano kubakira president chifukwa chifukwa nd wa dpp or mlomwe ndiye sakuyenera kupanga chinthu choyenera, mukungowonetsa umbuli wanu

  2. Wllly Kaslsi says:

    Apita nthawi ikakwana
    Olembanu talembaniko zamavuto ali mdziko muno osangoti za
    ndalezo basi.Olamula ndi olamula basi tidzingokuwaaaaaaa nkumangotuwaaaaa iwo akungonona!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. mulhomwe waku Luchenza says:

    Aaaaaaahhhhhh tchulani cholozeka chomwe wachita bwiyanuyu???? One of the worst government we ever had,,,,, ndakutlukani Alohmwe inu

  4. Roots says:

    Muhome/#41

    The issue at hand is not whether APM will answer or fail to answer. We know he is a competent person, all the house is saying, APM should appear personnaly. UR diverting the points and instead you are showing your allegiance. Sizimenezo mdala iwe

  5. Masautso Muhome. says:

    To those of you who don’t know Peter,you are mistaken. He is never afraid of questions but takes time before he makes a move. He doesn’t even comment on an issue before understanding it fully. He will come to Parliament very soon,but didn’t want to talk neither comment about it. The nation will be shocked on how he answers questions from different topics and angles. Anthu amenewatu mu uwiri wao anabadwa odalitsidwa ndi nzeru. Dzikoli lavuta kulamula one year imeneyi kamba kopanda donor support mu budget,muona anthu nomwenu mukulalatanu mukusintha mawanga muchaka chachiwirichi. Zitukuko akupanga mwachinunu pomwe inu mukuchedwa kumukoka mukamadzadzuka mudzadzuka kutawala inu mutasalira.

  6. Gule Wamkulu says:

    Hon Chakwantha, kodi mukwatirana liti ndi Seodi? Musakhaletu mumangokwelana ulele!

  7. dar says:

    Anthu nonse mumve izi; Boma la Peter silamasewera? Zii ameneyu siwabwino wati duuuu sikuti wangokhala ayi; Usiku cha ma 12 midmnight ndi anyamata ake ali busy kutenga Briefcase full of money akulowa mmanyumba mwa wina aleyense amene akuonneka ngati dolo against pa khani ya MSB; Kukhutula chuma kuzunguliritra sitting room ndikumuuza kuti mawa lake asiye kulakhula za MSB or achoke M chipani. Bambo uyu ndikatakwe pa khani ya BRibes and Corruptions: akuti amalawi sachedwa kuiwala 2019 ndi kutali. Okana ndalamazo follow Raphel Tethani masewera palibe. Tsono mukamalakhula mudzidziwa zimenezo komanso Masonic imanena kuti Lawyers,police, Atoney Generals, Presidents shd be members; Be very very careful; Just recall; just before election Peter was quite and from no where just came with Saulosi from the bush and win the elections, please am warning u? PAC has been absorbed by the dragon, We are finished BUT A PENCIL IS MIGHTIER THAN A SWORD: ABONGOLOLO ALIPO AMBIRI ANGONI SATHA ONSE; PAC inali kali osati iyii;; Pofika 2019 we are all rugs

  8. mulopwana says:

    zitsiru zina zopanda nzeru zikudana ndi nkhani yofunikayi.Appearing b4 Parliament is part of the President’s responsibilities.And yet some low minded pipo say if he is busy he will not go,.The problem with Malawians is ;most are selfish and unknowleagable that’s why when voting they vote in that respect.shame malawi kuba sikungathe choncho.

  9. truevoter says:

    nthawi yanu idzafika and ana akumkaka ndamene adzukufunseni mafunso anuyo plant them and you will reap. dyera bwanji atsamunda inu

  10. Peter Mathanyula says:

    Zidula mtengo ia a pathetic being. Malawi constitution was not written by MCP. If you have personal hatred with MCP that’s your problem. The constitution requires the president to go to parliament to be accountable to the people of MW. And for your your own information there are DPP MPs in parliament who would want to ask Mr Ibu some questions. What type of professor is this who fears to answer questions from MPS. Mbuzi yopanda manu mkamwa.

  11. Zidura Mtengo Undigwere ndiwe chitsiru kwambiri. Nthawi ya MCP era kunalibe democracy and this time we are in democracy era. Ndiye comparing that time and today is only portraying gullibility of its hieghest order.

  12. Pulofesa Daniwudu says:

    Zikomo atumbuka amzanga for quoting me even on trivia. You are raising my profile. Tiyeni tia khaulitse anthu a mitundu ina yonse

  13. Raw stuffer says:

    This is something that can not be argued otherwise. A constitutional requirement supercedes any other. I don’t understand why presidents have almost always shied away from this important requirement.
    Those who would like to grill the president on issues of national importance should simply follow what is required by sending in thier questions in good time for him to prepare the best answers. Some questions will need technical answers and this is why it is necessary for the president to prepare. No two questions about it.

  14. Lutundu Wa Lutundu says:

    MCP must not think kuti AMalawi have forgotten. Kabwila and Chakwera think kuti adziwa zonse. No, no. She is not the first academician to be an mp. Amadziwika pamwamba. Let APM do his work freely. I can’t see MCP ruling Malawi again. Better to bring back Atcheya other than MCP. Most mps in MCP have roots of Kamuzu regime. Chakwera ask Nevers Mumba. MCP party of death and darkness. Ambiri inu mu MCP munaphunzira not bcoz of nzeru but becoz of connections ur parents or relatives had with Kamuzu regime. Masida Gondwe passed her MSCE with 21points in 1988 and Jessica Phiri of Central Region got 30 points the same year. Masida now is peasant primary teacher while Jessica is even a doctor in medicine, kaya

  15. MSANA WA PETURO says:

    Mpaka kuwopa kuyankha mafunso? Shame!!

  16. Masasa Village says:

    Please read what happened to the Mexican President who lied about his assets. Malawi leaders should also demand the same from our president, please se below:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/01/us-mexico-politics-property-idUSKBN0OH39Y20150601

  17. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

    Those of you who have heard of a U.S. president getting hauled to Congress lately, and getting peppered with questions (or abuse as would happen to APM at the hands of MCP and PP), raise your hands.
    No hands up? I’m not surprised, as representatives of the president are the ones doing it. And they know, it’s part of their job, when they accepted it.
    Our constitution is more closely aligned to the US one rather than the colonialist Britain’s.
    And overall, that is a good thing.
    APM would be foolish to get in that chamber just to please the party of death (MCP) and the party of theft (PP). When did MCP learn about democracy, and when did they ever practice it? All the two parties want is to accuse APM of tribalism, even when the subject is not apropos.
    People, even bao players, are still angry about Chakwera’s uncalled for “Mulakhoism” diatribe against APM and his party. Especially since the accuser has not apologized for the grave political error.

    1. Mulanje girl says:

      What are you afraid of, if this is a constitutional requirement? You ask when did MCP learn about democracy – this is a sign of dullness. Were all DPP supporters not in MCP and did very bad things? Were all MCP leaders in the south from the centre? It’s not long ago when 20 people were killed during Demos, Chasowa killed as well, Zikwanje in Limbe, Mafuta kusowa, what sort of democracy is that? Was it MCP again? Let’s love one another.

  18. Kapenandiye says:

    Chakwantha has been instructed by this fake Malawian American Lazarus Chakwera to say those words as he is always on the negative side by majority whenever he say something. He is trying philosophically to be MG1. We dont need fake persons in leadership be original. Why fake? He imitates American tongue while very far away from reality. This son of peasant farmer born in Lilongwe did his primary and secondary school in Malawi, his philosophy at Chanco and other two degrees of philosophy in South Africa. He is an awardee of professorship by a certain University in America. I dont think he has lived in America for a continous ten year period but look he fakes american tongue. Kamuzu? Yes, timamumvetsa anakhalitsa komanso ena anali matama. Ndiye mukanakhala muli APM mukanatikwanatu ko oooooooooopsa. Mwapusitsa azungu mwati mupusitse Amalawi? Takuonani. Ndi philosophy yanuyo mwagwa nayo. No faking, u are ,Mlawian born and raised in Malawi not in America ndiye u fakewo. Be orginal, be malawian not fake fake no.

  19. Tachokani achakwera ndi chakwantha says:

    As long as the president has finshed his work ll go to parliament n face these arogant mps bt if he is busy developing malawi he ll kp on doin tht chakwera and his pipo are ashamed coz zero deficit is working thts wy thy dnt v anythng to talk as a result thy r busy wth MSB issue to tarnish ur name bt mmmmm palibe APM YEMWEYOOO BOMA, TO HELL WITH UR SO CALLED DONORS WE R DONE WITH THEM

  20. What puzzles is the mentality of some sickly Malawians who tend to rebuke others on matters of national importance. Letus be focused on the to development. MPs are doing agood job by callling the 1st citizen to appear before the house as a constitutional requiremen.

  21. Kennedy says:

    My felliw citizens good leadership is powerful or so on than high perfume. If indeed there is no leadership in peter wait and see, its either personal punishiment or national for God fears nor man. Let’s not suport anyone in wrong doing just because he or she is my fellow tribe but for good will of our nation.

  22. johntembo Kuffor says:

    Chakhwantha I believe you are just a puppet of Chakwera. You have NO SUBSTANTIAL material in you. Its indeed shameful that Chakwera is again surrounded by idiots like you, jesse etc. If Donors are coming it shows how stupid they are, after seeing that the ZERO DEFICIT BUDGET was a gallant SUCCESS last year. For your info, Mr Chakhwantha, listern to this, Donors are now quacking in their shoes after hearing of the yet another ZERO DEFICIT BUDGET for 2015/16, and for your info again: I made a calculation of only One Airtime provider with 7million people and got K2, 196, 176, 899, 000.00, twice the figure Malawi will need for this year’s national budget of K900Billion. Now consider if we take the second airtime provider, for yet another 7million and again the third Airtime provider, then for Domestic Taxes which stupid Indians make deal with people whose mentality is like yours and of Chakwera that Malawi is too poor, then we go to excise and duty, Will Malawi not yield 20x Tax proceeds required for one year. Donors are now fearing that Malawi is on the right track. And fear we will never lick Donors’ asses anymore. We dont need Donors. Go and check at MRA offices. You will see that people are paying Taxes for their businesses.

  23. Patriot says:

    Sizopusitsana ayi.
    Nkofunika kaye kumutumizira mafunso anu onse (questionaire) ncholinga choti Ben Phiri akayanke, ndi kuti Puppet aloweze mayankho (reheasal) kuti tsikulo azaoneke dolo.
    kkkkkkk

  24. Malindima says:

    is there anything that APM can be afraid of here? Azikayankha mafunso ma Minister ndiye you think the President can not?
    You have to prepare those questions in advance and send them through for him to read and prepare for answers. That’s how it works in this process anywhere in the world; ine ndinali momo. Any unplanned question will not be answered and questions are limited to a certain quantity.
    Go to other countries’ parliament to learn. Osamangozitengera pa nkolokolo izi!

  25. Gada says:

    APM is a coward he can not think off his feet . He is not up to speed with what is going on in various ministries. This is the reason why he was shocked that there was still rampant corruption and abuse of resources in Agriculture. If he was being updated on every day events he would have known exactly what is going on. But due to his corrupt and greedy ways he wants the PCs to pay a bribe before they can meet with him. What kind of a president is that? Corrupt minds will never develop this country. I hope the MPs can impeach this clueless corrupt leader.

  26. ujeni says:

    He will just be crying if not [email protected] in his trousers. He cant speak.

  27. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Section 65. Ai

    Section 89(3). Ainso

  28. Yituwa Mphande says:

    Bola zisakafike pa Cardiac arrest

  29. Yituwa Mphande says:

    Bola zisakafike pa cardiac arrest

  30. Afumu Phiri says:

    Kanyimbi akuwopa chiyani?

  31. u just want to hear mutharika talking,no_sense.JC &MSCE,u wil never rule malawi.boma la achawa ndi alomwe iri simunati.for chakwera just wait for a rebellion in ur party.ngati anakuberani mavoti ali kunja kwa boma,nanga 2019? mwina feudalism referandum??!

  32. john banda says:

    all nonsenses i thought ministers answer on behalf of the president. APM woyeeeeeeeeeee

  33. OMEGA BEMA says:

    Abwele ku parliament basi

  34. shumb says:

    kkkkkkkkkk professor of constitutional law, lawyerfear not questions, you are born and qualified to face difficult questions, professor aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  35. NYAU says:

    Koma Chi Busa Cha Hong Kong Chi Pomatha 5yrs Sazinyera Uyu???

  36. Nzavias says:

    how stupid are these commenting like a hyena. fotseki . Chakwera ndi dhilu.

  37. Nyau yokochiuzira says:

    Ochakhwatha Muli Uchepera Zedi Dala Ndinu Juvinala Osalimbana Ndi APM.

    Mwina Suli Uziwa Kuti Kunali Wena Okatero Koma Lero Kuli Ziii, Olikuyenda Yaviyavi Odatha Ntchito dala.

    Ndiye Inu Osazitengera Ndale Pa mtuuzu Musalamo.

  38. Kharupa says:

    Do you think APM is responsible for everything and has all the answers? Ng’oooooo! Just come to us in ministries, especially juniors tidzakuyankheni zoona. Iwe chakwera, nlomo wam’mwambawo watupira ninji? kutukwana kapena? pepa busa, wachepa nazo tawona tsopano nlomo ukutupa anga waujeni….

  39. matako m'mwamba says:

    Mwana mulopwana just shut your stink mouth if you have nothing good to vomit out. Who is apm? He has to appear b4 parliament, period. The issue here is not about Chakwera but a thief, apm.

  40. Phodogoma says:

    Please Chakwera, do not fight APM. If you want You can fight his progresses as president. Come here in Blantyre how the high way is being constructed from Yanakis to Limbe roundabout and compare with what JB did from Shop right to Yanakis. Then you will know what type a leader you are playing with. You have several options you can use to satisfy yourself on what you are saying. Go on the ground and tell us which development were given fund in 2014/2015 financial year and haven’t been completed. Then you can make your argument based on that with the minister of finance OR PS whoa are at par with you, just the leader of opposition. APM is not your type. Think twice. I think this is the reason why God chased you from his kingdom as Pastor. Now you are fighting for earthly things. Its possible to bring you down. Ask Tembo who appears to be not in this Malawi but in a different world altogether.

    FOR SURE APM WILL NOT RESPOND TO YOUR QUERY AND HE WILL NEVER COME TO YOU. ARE YOU JELOUSY BECAUSE DONORS HAVE OPENED THEIR DOORS WIDER THAN BEFORE. WHY CAN’T YOU APPRECIATE THAT AND FINALLY MAKING YOUR STUPID ARGUMENT.

  41. Dododo says:

    HEQs nde kuti chani a chitsiru inuuuuu, mungathe kumpanga impeach ameneyoooo, nkhani yake nde iti? yoti ma Donor akubwerera? Za nkutu..

  42. mwana mulopwana says:

    This is the useless MCP MPs again, it seems you the MPs don’t know what you are doing, You cant find out from the head of state issues about last year budget, You need to check with relavant Ministries for question and answers, you are free to summon the minister or PS, you are free to follow all the projects even ask for Auditors to investigate, It seems you are just interested in making Chakwera head of state because of the impeachement issues you are talking about,
    My advise pls don’t start something that you can not fulfill , impeaching the head of state is a big task as climbing Sapitwa mountain,

    Please put your house in order you have a very big role to make checks and balances in a very positive way but it seems you always look on the negative aspect, I for sure everything in Malawi is movng in the right direction, Kwacha is stabilizing, donors are coming in, fuel is ok despite the floods that devastated the whole country, the rebuilding of the country should be done by every JIM and Jac otherwise MCP is loosing the cream that we had during JZU era, if you think you have nothing , pls go and ask Tembo as to how he was doing it,

    1. peter says:

      But its good to try climbing a big mountain sometimes especially when we have a clueless leader! Bingu was miles away from this current president and I think he knows this.

  43. Manifesto Silungwe says:

    Kodi who is Danwood Chirwa dude! Akunditengamo bwanji!

    Akutokota chifukwa choti pali mlomwe bwanji samabwebweta when his fellow tumbuka JB was president?

    Kufasa kwa Pitala mukusokoneza ndi kupepela eti! Akayankhe fwefwefwe akayankhe fwefwefwe chani!

  44. malili says:

    koma

  45. Hamu says:

    Timve zimenezi wina a solver!!!!!!!!!!!

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