Kamlepo queries DPP on Speaker’s impeachment manoeuvre: Chiumia says its MCP plot

Member of Parliament for Rumphi East (People’s Party), Kamlepo Kalua, on Monday queried the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on its purported plot to impeach Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya.

Kamlepo:  Speaker Msowoya has not contravened any law to warrant his impeachment

Kamlepo: Speaker Msowoya has not contravened any law to warrant his impeachment

There have been insinuations that DPP were plotting to impeach the Speaker.

Kalua, who has been very active in the House during the budget session playing an oversight role, questioned why there is such a plot.

According to him, the Speaker “being one of the custodians of our laws” has not contravened any law to warrant his impeachment.

“We have information that the Attorney General is drafting a bill [motion] to impeach the Speaker. We lost a Speaker from the North because of such behaviour now you want to put pressure on this Speaker. We don’t want to [lose] another Speaker like that,” Kalua said in an apparent reference to former speaker the late Rodwell Mnyenyembe who collapsed in the House at the height of the budget versus Section 65 debate in 2005.

But Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu denied any knowledge of an impeachment plot facilitated by his office citing Section 53 of the Constitution which states that such a motion can only originate from the House.

“I am not aware of this bill. When it comes to impeachment, it comes from this House, according to Section 53 of the Constitution. I want to distance my ministry and Attorney General from this type of allegation.”

Deputy government chief whip, Grace Chiumia denied that DPP has hatched a plot to impeach the Speaker.

She however claimed that some Malawi Congress Party (MCP) lawmakers were not happy with the Speaker, who is a member of the party.

If anything, Chiumia, who is also Minister of Youth Development and Sports, pointed out that MCP would be gunning for the Speaker’s ouster, claiming that she had names of opposition MPs who were agitating for the Speaker’s removal for interfering with the MCP leadership.

“There are members from that same side of the House that are talking about impeachment,” Chiumia said.

And standing on a point of order, Salima North West MP Jessie Kabwila (MCP) said: “We cannot be talking about graders when there is an issue here that wants to divide us in the MCP. We want those names and we want them now. We will not continue this meeting until we get answers.”

There has been fevered speculation that 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.

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.

In the House, Msowoya who was elected into office in June 2014 by 101 MPs against DPP’s Francis Kasaila who received 89 votes said the matter would not be debated as it emanated from allegations and rumours.

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.

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34 thoughts on “Kamlepo queries DPP on Speaker’s impeachment manoeuvre: Chiumia says its MCP plot”

  1. wooooo says:

    Chiuma pathako pako, how can you say that?

  2. Joe Simukonda says:


  3. Junchu says:


  4. Mlakho says:

    Chiumia kumaso ngati si nduna. Nduna za masiku ano kumvetsa chisoni.

  5. jones says:

    TCHWE MWANA TCHWEE….with hon Kamlepo we are safe, speak the truth and stand for us in parliament, we will continue praying for u, no weapon formed against Kamlepo shall prosper……..THE MOST ACTIVE MP….you are making parliament deliberations interesting to watch…

  6. Am proud of u Kamlepo. Coz of ur sound judgemeent. Shame upon DPP who wants to be bulldozing every branch of govt.

  7. zonse ndi nthawi says:

    With this DPP behaviour Malawi will be on fire one day.Adzawona ngati kutulo. remember 20 July 2011.

  8. lloyd dylan jere says:

    If there is anyone who needs to be impeached then it has to be the President.

  9. william says:

    Zimene mchitazi zikuvutanitu mufuse azanu ku bulundi boma lilimubvuto osaneneka kamba kochuzila mbali imonzi. Akati malawi si atumbuka pena achewa penaso achawa olo alomwe ai. Zindikilani kuti wophwanya malamulo ameneyo ayenela kuti awone zowawa wopanda kuchuza dela limene amachokela. Sitifuna nkhondo zapachiweniweni kuno ayi tatopa kaleso ndi umphawi tilinawou!

  10. GONANI says:

    Please, please, please people, don’t waste time on harassing other people of integrity like our speaker! Leave him a lone, please! If you have a problem with his honest conduct and you want him to be corrupt like you, you will not succeed. I advise you to just concentrate all you energy on solving problems which our country is facing. Stop the cheap politics!

  11. Moni says:

    We all know very well that our Northern brethren hate UDF to the core of their bones. They even killed their mother party AFORD for associating with UDF. They the Northern people will do anything that can hurt UDF. It’s them the Northern brethren who made it possible for Bingu to leave UDF, and it’s them who protected Bingu by making sure that section 65 doesn’t do its intended purpose so that UDF should suffer. It’s the Northerners including this Msowoya who left their mother party Aford and joined DPP disregarding section 65. Now they’re here preaching about respect of section 65 because it’s pointing at UDF, the party they hate, although no MP have resigned from UDF like they did by resigning from Aford. It’s them the Northerners who had a vigil at parliament so that section 65 shouldn’t be implemented. So it isn’t something new seeing the Northern Region Speaker Msowoya being bias on this issue, because he hated UDF since 1992, will hate it forever and should try to use this opportunity he has to destroy it. “DON’T PREACH TO US ABOUT SECTION 65 TODAY, WHEN YOU DIDN’T WANT IT BEFORE!!!

  12. chisombezi likhunya says:

    Msowoya is damn good. He is a beacon of hope for Malawian democracy. He is preventing dpp and udf thieves to thrive in parliament. I salute you Msowoya. Impeachment by the thieves shall never succeed

  13. Zagwa Zatha says:

    Go Kamulepo go, you are the most active MP in the August house. And to you DPP MPs, leave the speaker alone. What offence has he committed for you to plan for his impeachment. Mind you, God is watching and He will fight for Msowoya.

  14. Pulankhonyo says:

    Why did you vote for this man, you will see trouble in parliament, kangwazikanukaki kikiki

  15. Ozisata says:

    A Msowoya, zisiyeni zapadziko izi…a Munyenyembe Ali kuti?

  16. Bakha Nkhomano says:

    Kodi uyu Grace Chiumia amadyedwa ndi ndani? It is unconstitutional to leave a young MP like Obama without a man to eat her.

  17. Kenkkk says:

    You Chiumia plus your fellow Dpp thugs, don’t start your campaign to destabilise MCP by trying to instigate perceptions of divisions and infighting within MCP. Follow your fellow mad dpp mp Kasaila and what he says. Manyadzi akugwirani and you want to shift the blame on your plan to impeach the speaker to MCP.

    Really thugs these dpp people.

  18. mtubuka1 says:

    I’m from mlowe rumphi east where kamlepo comes from and I have lived in Iowa City in united states for about 20 years then moves to Africa (Tanzania Masaki suburbs)in dar es salaam where I bought houses and I’m a tumbuka. Kanyama chiume stayed in my house in Tanzania for 1 year fighting for Malawi freedom and now you have the freedom Malawians can not ask themselves where they got the freedom from. The spirits of kanyama chiume,Orton chirwa , chakufwa chihana, dunduzu chisiza,yatuta chisiza,aleke banda does not know the man you call peter your president today. People from southern part of Malawi were not given a chance to learn about malawi’s history that’s why they even chose bakili muluzi who was a Mere government mail collecting guy as a president and this was a reason why kanyama and chihana refused to call him their president!! I’m proud to be a tumbuka. Just in case you missed it, time is now for all tobacco tenants to enroll(all lomwes/yawos,chewas come one come All.

  19. Moya says:

    We cannot be breaking laws and replace speakers at will who will accomodate our faults thats why we are top poorest country we need speakers who can put sense in our heads that we are raping the constitution that we very promised on the swearing in ceremony by Mr president himself to defend it. Actually before even an MP like kalua querried you Mr President should have querried first so that we dont brand you a rapist.

  20. kesterchipala says:

    Achoke anthu aku mpoto kuyerekedwa.

  21. Kapasula Mayi Chiponda says:

    Apanga plot yoti achose Speaker ndi chipani ichi cha nyau , MCP. Nyau sizifuna munthu osalowa kudambwe mu chipani chawo . Ati afuna Kabwira Kapasula kuti akhale Speaker, chifukwa mayi nankungwi ameneyu amaufuna u speaker bad . Ndiye ayesa zingatheke kaya chipani chakupha ,chinapha, Gadama , Matenje, Sangala ndi ena ambiri

  22. MARTIN MUBISA says:


  23. captain says:

    Try and see if u can manage to hv the numbers. U are used to YES bwanas .lol DPP lost

  24. Professor Dr. James Napwiri Phiri says:

    This is a useless move

  25. Koma Zilipo you need to be careful when handling crooks

  26. Alibe Matumbo says:

    not with Msowoya mwachepa mukabadwe kasanu, akukutumaniyo akupweteketsani

  27. Kadakwiza says:

    I can see Hon. Kamlepo Kalua is now matured enough that Malawians can trust him to be our next president.

  28. Mapuya says:

    Za manyi zimene a boma akupanga apa ine mulupale ndikuti let’s impeach this Dpp government for theft of 92billion kwach. This is a serious crime and must be treated serious

  29. Joseph Moyo says:

    dpp cashgate masterminder?so where is joyce banda and y?komano amai ndyenso ai mpaka ana azaka27nkumakhala nd mamilion?kujakudali kuyaluka ndi ntereshedi

  30. Palibe za impichzo tazionani zachitukukozo osati zopusazo, mukufuna muwasokoneze madalawa eti

  31. Chikopa says:

    Msowoya is a disgrace to Malawi. He should be impeached and MCP must also show him the door. He can be independent or AFORD.

  32. The real Ujeni says:

    The woman called Chiumia is mad. It doesn’t make sense she doesn’t make sense either.

  33. man dlhaka says:

    Dpp forget this childishness because it won’t work at all…you’ve alot to discuss and strategise to bring about development not this rubbish.To me with Msowoya as speaker the house well dressed

  34. Ndatero ine says:

    Kamlepo munthu wankulu .we need active mps like you osati ena phwiiii basi

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