Tension is brewing in the country’s political landscape over the alleged plans by the ruling Democratic Progress Party (DPP) with the support of its parliamentary coalition partners United Democratic Front ( UDF) to impeach Speaker of National Assembly, Richard Msowoya.
The government benches want to oust Msowoya as head of the legislative arm of government on the premise that he is biased – in actual fact he is resolute to follow the law and refused to be a control freak of the Executive.
DPP spokesman and leader of the House, Francis Kasaila declined to comment on the matter.
Deputy government chief whip Grace Chiumia also refused to give her comment.
Msowoya is said to playing tough on implementation of anti-defection law Section 65 as he want to act on UDF MPs who relocated to the government side.
Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale advised him not to apply the section as the UDF MPs had not joined DPP.
But Msowoya has been adamant saying UDF have a case to defend themselves before he makes a ruling.
The UDF sought an injunction from Lilongwe High Court to restrain the Speaker from implementing section 65. The court has since rejected the application.
The DPP are also incensed with Msowoya in his objective way of handling of the K92 billion cashgate reports where the opposition have given government proper grilling.
DPP leadership is hatching a plan to move a motion using an independent MP for a vote of no confidence motion as ground to impeach Msowoya.
The want deputy speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje to be elevated to the post of Speaker and Clement Chiwaya of UDF move to become deputy speaker; while an independent MP will be elected as second deputy speaker.
Meanwhile, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has strongly condemned efforts being made to try and impeach the Speaker.
MCP lawmaker Joseph Njobvuyalema said the scheme will not succeed.
“Even the opposition side does not have the numerical strength to move an impeachment motion on their own against any public officer,” he said.
Msowoya was elected into office in June 2014 by 101 MPs against DPP’s Kasaila who received 89 votes.
According to the procedures in the Standing Orders, the mover of an impeachment motion must ascertain that about one third of all 193 members should endorse, or sign, that petition which will be given to the concerned Speaker.
In addition, the concerned Speaker shall be entitled to be heard in his defence, within 14 days when the House is sitting either by himself or through a legal representative.
The petition must also state in clear terms the specific charges which the Speaker is allegedly to have violated and, according to the Standing Orders, the motion must be adopted within 14 days after the notice.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :