Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Member of Parliament for Salima North West Dr Jessie Kabwila has petitioned office of the Speaker of the National Assembly, asking it to kick out the 11 United Democratic Front members of Parliament who recently moved to government benches.
Kabwila said on Friday that she has decided to join human rights defender and a social commentator Billy Mayaya who recently petitioned the same office on the same matter.
“I don’t have any personal grudges against the UDF MPs but Malawi voted for democracy which requires total constitutional order,” Kabwila told Nyasa Times on Friday.
Kabwila, who is also MCP spokeswoman, said there is no way the single party can belong to both opposition and government.
“Where have you heard one party belonging to two sides- opposition and then the government? Even in America or Britain that cannot happen; this is completely disorder in the house of law.
“There is an identity crisis here, how should we identify the two camps,” queried Kabwila.
Human rights activist Billy Mayaya, wrote the Speaker asking him to bring orderliness in the august House by kicking the eleven MPs out of the House.7
But Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale urged Speaker Richard Msowoya not to unleash the whip on UDF MPs, he saying he was not convinced UDF MPs crossed the floor.
The Malawi Law Society (MLS) secretary Khumbo Soko said the decision whether or not to declare a seat vacant is “exclusively for the Speaker’s and not for any other authority or office.”
The constitution bars members of parliament from crossing the floor in parliament by joining the party that is different from that which ushered them into parliament.
UDF argues that its MPs remain in the party and have not joined DPP but they two parties were having a parliamentary alliance.
Eleven of UDF’s 14 MPs moved to the government benches to cement their party’s working relationship with Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in whose Cabinet UDF president Atupele Muluzi is serving as Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security.
Former UDF leader in Parliament Lucius Banda, Second Deputy Speaker Clement Chiwaya and Muluzi were not affected by the movement.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :