Kamlepo says Mutharika should face Malawi MPs grilling: HE questions style-session

Outspoken Rumphi East MP Kamlepo Kalua has renewed calls to grill President Peter Mutharika in parliament as part of accountability politics, saying he should oblige to the constitutional requirement.

Kamlepo: Let President Mutharika come to parliament for questions time

Kamlepo: Let President Mutharika come to parliament for questions time

Kalua told parliament that Mutharika should face His Excellency’s Question Time (HEQs) style-session of food situation and Malawi situation since holding the executive to account is one of the three responsibilities of parliament.

“According to Section 89 (4) of the Constitution which says ‘the President can appear before Parliament every Wednesday.  This is backed up by Standing Orders 70 and 201.  Can’t we, as a House, now ask the President, through you, Mr Speaker, Sir, for him to appear on a Wednesday to answer some of these questions as these are very important questions to the country?

“ Is it possible for the President to come here in person and answer some of the questions that are directed to him as Head of State and Government of the Republic of Malawi? ,” said Kalua.

Speaker of Parliament, Richard Msowoya said  President Mutharika has never indicated to say he cannot come to Parliament.

“But there are conditions that our own Standing Orders and the Constitution have laid down for the President to come to this House. Firstly, he can come to answer questions which I have not seen you Honourable Members asking the President to come here to answer questions.

“Secondly, after delivering the State-of-the-Nation Address, the President can come to the House when there are questions for him to answer.  Thirdly, he can also come to the House on a motion which will be carried by this House.  None of those situations are available at the moment. Yet you are rising on a point of order to say, through the Speaker, you want to call the President.  I will be calling him to do what?  You are out of order,” said Speaker to Kalua

Kalua asked the Speaker to  move a motion summoning Mutharika tfor  question time grilling to be led by leader of opposition and MCP president Lazarous Chakwera.

Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale is on record saying Parliament should draft the agenda of the President answering questions from the lawmakers if it was necessary and invite the Head of State.

According to Section 89 (3) of the Constitution, the President is required to submit himself before Parliament without necessarily being invited by anyone as he does with the State of the Nation Address.

The call for HEQs have received backing from the civil society with Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) executive director Timothy Mtambo and rights campaigner Billy Mayaya, saying Mutharika should appear before Parliament.

Malawian professor of law based at the University of Cape Town, Danwood Chirwa, clarified that the President does not have to be called by Parliament to answer questions posed by MPs for the HEQs.

Chirwa said the President “is constitutionally obliged to appear before Parliament every year, immediately before the consideration of the budget, to do [the said] three related things.”

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22 thoughts on “Kamlepo says Mutharika should face Malawi MPs grilling: HE questions style-session”

  1. Born p says:

    Whyy always apm?

  2. giftgift says:

    supporting amp because he is from the south is being fulish,mmangoberekana ngactiagaru nominda yolima no xool,mukadadyabe Madeya,

  3. Wakulawatha says:

    Don’t even waste time that oldman has no answers to your questions. you will not get anything. after all do you want him to die like his brother. do you want Getrude to be widow?

  4. Mashamase says:

    Shwi mwana shwi

  5. most of people here you’re tumbuka’s from north. So be quiet and respect your self. Every thing is oky here.we southern people will keep supporting mutharika what ever u want or not and you are just few nonsense. In the south when we graduate we go for busness while you from north you will suffer with low wage .

  6. Robin Hood says:

    “Rise And Rise Again Until Lambs Become Lions”

  7. Malemia says:

    There is need to treat this request with caution because it might cause the man to collapse with kadya ka kalisita and end up with looowa, loooowa, lowa tsopanotu. Mr. Speaker, Sir do not dare call this man to answer questions in person; we do not want to witness another state funeral.

  8. mpongozi says:

    thats a good move every wednesday(if am no mistaken) the british prime minister goes to parliament to answer questions and even clarify issues of national importance more over its the people who employed(APM) him to the presidency it will be very good for the people to hear the president address issues like the current hunger crisis e.t.c from him at the national assembly in person .it must not be an issue because it has come from kamlepo

  9. Mpunga Woviika..... says:

    Opposition is fighting the individual APM to take him down,Kamlepo can u just once comment on 10,000 recruited teachers pliz.Is it good for the nation or not.Kamlepo will rise up and say APM should resign for recruiting them.shame to Oppsition u boring now.

  10. James says:

    IWE juliana kanthiti…akutuma……? i bet u Kamlepo is the best MP we have ever elected in RUMPHI EAST Wether u like it or not…..he will maintain his seat……imagine Parliament without Kamlepo……….God bless Kamlepo, we all know everyone here commenting belongs to a certain party, I AM FROM RUMPHI EAST

  11. These things backfire says:

    Opposition MCP: What is it that you want to hear from the President that you have not heard from the ministers. Mutharika is too cool for you and you are jealousy. He beat you hands down in the elections and two years down the line you are still in denial that you miserably lost the ballot. You wanted that the president should go the confrontational style and you are disappointed that he is not confrontational. All you want is to pick a fight with the president of the country instead of supporting the hunger stricken families with your fat salary cheques. You are exposing your wrong priorities guys while Peter and DPP are moving on unshaken. Ask Obaba of the Section 65 no 1 fame. Malawians are watching you and they are not stupid to not to realise that you are up to causing a storm in a cup.

  12. Chambe says:

    Parliamentarians who don’t know how to ask questions, who have no protocol in parliament and always standing out of orders, who mostly don’t know what they are in the house for, whose relevance is redundant for Malawians, who were even critiqued by Juliana Lunguzi one of their own for being ineffective etc. Now they haven’t even put forward the list of questions to the Speaker’s scrutiny before calling the President to answer; really to answer what when questions are not there? They just want to turn the house chaotic in the presence of the President with too many out of orders. The President has to receive the list of questions in advance if any and prepare for solutions in the answers to the questions. That is what we see on the TVs when parliaments are in session in most of the countries whose leaders answer questions in parliament. All questions not on the list by the the Speaker are not entertained at all.

  13. forgive them says:

    UR A SHEEP IN A WOLF’SCLOTHING,JULIANA KANTHITI,WHICH OPPOSITION PARTY DO YOU BELONG TO?IF NOT FOR BEING A DPP SYMPATHIZER,ANY GENUINE SUPPORTER CANNOT WRITE WHAT YOU’VE WRITTEN,IT’S UR CHOICE,DON’T FEEL ASHAMED WITH UR FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION

  14. The Analyst says:

    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O
    . . . If you people cared to scrutinise Kamlepo with an apolitical mind, you would quickly realise that Kamlepo is so much into let-me-embarrass-or-expose-them thing and so little into how do I help move this country forward.

    Such people are as useless as they come.

    . . . If someone is doing wrong or going astray and, in good faith, you want to advise them; if you take the let-me-embarrass-him approach, you will yield nothing. The person just becomes more arrogant and closes in his/her ears and sometimes just tells you off.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    Such intimidating story-titles as ” . . . Mutharika should face MPs grilling . . . ” tells you that the agenda for the question session may not be in the comfort zone for APM and may just make him coil up his tail even more and refuse to show up!

    The approach matters a Kamlepo, particulary when you are dealing with people with no integrity or moral trait or a sense of accountability or responsibility to anybody.
    You will well recall that it was through soft persuation and kind endearment that the willy serpent beguiled Eve in the garden of Eden.

    But if you continue to play the chaotic and the mad man that you are, hence handle issues in an immature, unprocedural, sensational and andioneandione manner, you will yield nothing; as you have done here.

    “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” – Theodore Roosevelt
    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O

  15. Chipoya LJ says:

    Kamlepo is just another empty tin kind of political moron. He is just a useless attention seeker. He has nothing credible to articulate in Parliament proceedings. He is just two of matter and one of mind. He is just vocal for nothing and no wonder, people brand him as mad politician.
    Ndale za phokoso zinatha kale kale and is only practised here in Malawi by failed political prostitute like this notorious Rumphi East MP Kalua.

    All in all, GOD Bless Malawi!!!!!

  16. BigMan says:

    Kamlepo is a useless loud and empty can. With this calibre of MP are we surprised this country is one of the poorest in the world?

  17. Buyelekhaya says:

    At so-called Juliana Kanthiti, ndikukhulupilira kwathunthu kuti suli muno mMalawi. Ngati uli muno mMalawi, l would advise you to seek the services of a psychiatrist as soon as possible!

  18. chintali says:

    Kamlepo akufuna kangachepe

  19. lipenga says:

    Juliana you speak as if Peter mutharika did win the last election! were you in this country when we were voting? Malawi is in a very sad state now because of this clueless leader .The whole nation is crying and at pains now and you are if elections were done today DPP under peter they will again!
    try to ask only ten people on the street or in your village if they can vote again for DPP then give us a feed back tomorrow on your findings.

  20. Zodi says:

    J kanthiti mbuzi wa dpp

  21. NAVITCHA says:

    PETER
    IS A
    COWARD !!
    PERIOD !!

  22. Juliana Kanthiti says:

    Kunena zoona ife a opposition, MCP + PP, mfundo zoti tidzawaudze a Malawi nthawi ya campaign tilibe nchifukwa chake phokoso lonseli. Kudziwa tiludziwa kuti even chisankho chitati chichitike mawa, sitingawine. Uyu Kamlepoyu ndiye musamataye naye nthawi ndi wamisala ndipo yekhanso akudziwa kuti u MP wake womaliza ndi onwe uno.

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