Malawi parliament performance unsatisfactory, says political scientist

University of Malawi political scientist Blessings Chinsinga has criticized the just ended sitting of parliament which left many bills unattended to despite meeting for a whole month.

Chinsinga’s remarks on Zodiak Broadcasting Services (ZBS) comes after Leader of the House , Henry Poya bemoaned the opposition side’s lack of seriousness during the first weeks of the Mid-Year Budget Review deliberations, saying a lot of time had been wasted so much that only three bills out of seventeen had been passed.

In his interview with ZBS, Chinsinga said “The just ended sitting of parliament hasn’t been in line with the expectation of Malawians and all in all it was unsatisfactory.”

Dr Chinsinga: Unsatisfactory

Dr Chinsinga: Unsatisfactory

During the sitting, lawmakers pressed government pay their fuel allowances arrears and demanded a hike in Constituency Development Fund (CDF) from the current K7 million to about K15 million.

Chinsinga noted that “government business will continue to suffer if the opposition uses its majority selfishly.”

Meanwhile, Phoya said the present Parliament is robust where members were free to voice out their views saying that it was an indication that democracy was taking root in the country.

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