The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has dismissed as “unfounded” fears by, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) that government has an axe to grind with the opposition backed Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya, saying there are no plans to impeach Msowoya.
MCP says Speaker Msowoya, who is also the party’s vice-president, faces impeachment threats from DPP who want to remove him from his position at Parliament.
The party’s publicity secretary Jessie Kabwila said: “We continue to receive information indicating that DPP –led government are still advancing ambitions to remove the Speaker in this sitting of Parliament.”
But Leader of the House, Francis Kasaila, who is also DPP spokesman, dismissed MCP’s fears on Msowoya as unfounded.
“We have no plans of such a nature,” said Kasaila.
He said MCP “just want to remain relevant. They have nothing to say. We are planning nothing of that sort. “
The Leader of the House said DPP has not discussed the removal of the Speaker.
“We have no idea where this is coming from,” he said as quoted in the press.
But Kabwila said MCP “will remain on the guard.”
MCP president and leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera is Monday expected to give an official response to Mutharika’s speech.
He has however faulted it for its failure to address concerns of Malawians on the economy and impending hunger situation.
Kabwila, while welcoming the announcement by Mutharika that his government will finally table the Access to Information (ATI) Bill, faulted the President for failing to articulate clearly how government intends to steer Malawi from the current economic situation.
“The speech was not comprehensive enough; it was too short and lacking in substance. It was almost like a Whatsapp text. It failed to clearly say how government intends to save many millions of our citizens facing hunger despite bold declaration that no one will die of hunger.
“It was out of touch and cannot relate to the common Malawian suffering on the street. On one hand, the President is optimistic about everything and paints a rosy picture on the street. Hospitals are telling people they cannot feed the patients and we wake up to newspaper headlines about worsening food situation,” said Kabwila as quoted in The Nation.
Mutharika delivered a 25-minute speech welcomed by donors as “frank” assessment of the country’s situation on Friday while opening the 46th session of the Malawi Parliament.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :