Govt defeats opposition in parliamentary vote: Bill to trim Malawi President’s power on ACB on the Order Paper

Legislators sitting on government benches in parliament, including cabinet ministers on Thursday morning cheered and patted each other on the back following a narrow win in a parliamentary vote.

Government benches celebrate win

Government benches celebrate win

The win might not have been of great significance and bearing but it is greatly symbolic to government which is in minority in parliament even after adding Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF)  back benchers.

Speaker Richard Msowoya moved a motion to find out whether question time should continue or parliamentarians tackle government bills after opposition MPs protested government decision to table the bills on private members day.

Lilongwe South-West member of Parliament (MP) Peter Chakhwantha (Malawi Congress Party-MCP) was set to table a Private Member’s Bill that seeks to trim presidential powers in the appointment of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) top brass.

After the vote was put, the opposition got 73 votes against 76 from the government, thanks to some independent legislators who sided with the government.

Opposition Mzimba Hora MP Christopher Mzomera Ngwira also sided with the government, the second in just a week prompting legislators and cabinet ministers give him a standing ovation.

Ngwira was booted out of Peoples Party (PP) following his political moves to oust Uladi Mussa as acting leader of PP  in favour of former vice President Khumbo Kachali.

Meanwhile, government is reportedly offering independent MPs and others from the opposition monetary and other rewards if they vote against the Bill, which is appearing as Corrupt Practices (Amendment) Act, 2016 and appears as P.M.B number one of 2016 on the Order Paper,  which seeks to amend sections 5 and 7 of the Corrupt Practices Act (CPA) to enhance the independence of the operations of the ACB.

The Bill proposes that Section 5 (1) of the CPA which reads that “the President shall, on such terms and conditions as he thinks fit, appoint the director” should be deleted and be replaced with “the director shall be appointed by the Public Appointments Committee on such conditions as the committee shall think fit”.

Chakhwantha proposes an additional Section 5(3) which outlines that the director of ACB would be appointed after the committee calls for nominations from the public through an advert placed by the Clerk of Parliament.

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu argued  that powers of the President to appoint were entrenched in the Constitution and the Public Appointments Committee to provide checks and balances in the work of ACB.

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Guest
6 months 11 days ago

Some independent Mps leave their brains outside parliament and not a surprise to see Hon Ngwira showing his true colors lacking content not fit be a leader. Malawi will never develop because of greedy individuals posing to be leaders!

john
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john
6 months 11 days ago

mzomera ngwira is digging his own grave!

shakeshake
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shakeshake
6 months 11 days ago

Ndalama zikuononga chilichonse ku malawi,shame on you malawi will remain yes bwana for everything stupid mps.

Mphongozidana Ndau
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Mphongozidana Ndau
6 months 11 days ago

Boma ili ndiye mabvuto eni eni. Ndalama zogulira mankhwala muzipatala kusowa koma zogulira ma MP otsutsa boma kuti asapotele zopusa ndiye kupezekako.

Chauta akuona zonsezi.

charie-hebdo
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charie-hebdo
6 months 11 days ago

if they vote for a bill to reduce my powers, i am going to veto it, o yes, i wil not ascent it. Mumuwuzeso yoswa ndi achelongo akewo. Ine imandimvetsa kukoma parliament ya ku south africa. Presdent samamuseteka kuphazi ngati zinazi.

alexander
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6 months 11 days ago

let people decide in the way they feel its oky . If we are against something doesnt mean that others can look at it in the way way we sight it. This is democracy lets respect everyone accordingly.

gigo
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gigo
6 months 11 days ago

Infact the opposition has won coz its the DPP manifesto that says presidential powers will be reduced . Apa mwadzikhomera nokha msomali.

Tengupenya
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Tengupenya
6 months 11 days ago

tit for tat politics. kick my ass and I will not vote with you.

peter
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peter
6 months 11 days ago

No evil system survives the test of time! Watch out you the corrupt and oppressors!

MARY MAKWANGWALA
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MARY MAKWANGWALA
6 months 11 days ago

DEAR MPS
NOW I AM CONVINCED.
DPP 2019 BOMA

ALL OPPOSITION IDIOTS !!

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