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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Mlomwe Ozindikira
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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

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

mulhomwe waku Luchenza
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mulhomwe waku Luchenza

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

Roots
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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

Masautso Muhome.
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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… Read more »
Gule Wamkulu
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Hon Chakwantha, kodi mukwatirana liti ndi Seodi? Musakhaletu mumangokwelana ulele!

dar
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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;… Read more »
mulopwana
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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.

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

Peter Mathanyula
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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.

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