MP ruled out of order for ‘mocking’ First Lady over degree

Parliament was stopped from discussing an honorary doctorate degree of Philosophy in Environmental Management which the University of Malawi (Unima) last week conferred on the First Lady, Gertrude Mutharika.

Dr Getrude Mutharika received her honourary degree from Unima

Dr Getrude Mutharika received her honourary degree from Unima

The First Lady was recognised for her commitment to restore and properly manage the environment through Beatify Malawi Trust.

Mutharika founded Beam over a year ago with the aim of mobilising Malawians to practise responsible, participatory and improved management of waste and the environment to improve health and quality of life of the people of Malawi.

But after being awarded the degree,  Rumphi East MP Kamlepo Kalua, rising on a point of order wondered why government was “silent” on the honourary degree.

But First deputy Speaker, Esther Mcheka Chilenje ruled Kalua “out of order”.

And Leader of the House, Francis Kasaila said: “We need to respect the First Lady and we should not bring that issues  as an issue where we can find some mocking ground .”

He asked that the issue raised by Kalua should be stricken off parliamentary records.

Apart from the current First Lady, University of Malawi in 2003 conferred upon the then First Lady Shanil Muluzi  [now Shanil Dzimbiri] an honorary degree of Doctor in Philosophy, Honoris Causa, for her charity work.

Shanil is also an MP.

Among MPs who have honourary degree is  Lucius Banda  who was given  a Doctor of Music honorary degree conferred upon him by the University of Jerusalem in 2011 but he keeps it under wraps.

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Joan king

UNIMA Is a glorified high school with no independent minds. What a shame!


To be honest with every one, Professor Peter Muthalika is such a cheap professor that as Chancellor of UNIMA he influenced UMIMA to think equally in a cheap way. The so called BEAUTIFY MALAWI has been in existence for less than a year. It is these cheap decisions that are contributing factors for UNIMA to be at position number 99.Those who are criticizing King Kamlepo Kalua must have their brains with full of toilet water. Malawi cannot develop with this type of thinking.


Kamlepo you are impressive. Do not worry Malawians are failing to develop the country because of nsanje and nepotism. Keep on making parliament a house of thinkers.


Mwati kamlepo amati bwanji paja mwayiwala xomwe adaziona gadama tipangaso chimozimozi


Ndimakhulupirira kamulepo ndi osadzindikira!kudzionera ku ukulu


For sure this Kamlepo has got a mental problem combined with jelous and envy even late Mtafu (RIP) was a little bit normal than this stupid so called mp. We are tired of his nonsense comments in the parliament, Mr Kamlepo be constructive and objective in your deliberations by pointing issues of national interest other than bringing issues out of your fifth sense.


U Grey and Mwenu, did uvote for kk ?where did u cast ur vote?sindinu ana oti mwakulira mu tauni mukungopemphesa ku anthu akafika pa shorprite.Bwerani ku Rumphi east muzaone zimene apanga kamlepo pa zaka ziwiri pa nkhani ya chitukuko.Ameneyu aza mp mpaka moyo wake wonse.

Kaziulika Chimugonda

Unima has conferred doctorate degree on First Lady under pressure. There are so many deserving Malawians who have contributed so much to Malawi without recognition. Kamplepo thanks for bringing this up in the August House. By the way, even the professor degree we understand is an honorary


Tsanje ndi Umboli wachuluka mu MCP.Mmati dziko ndi lanu Chokani.Akamulepo muli ndi vuto U MP uwu ngati mungadzawinetso ndi mwayi timati tikuyetseni koma a mwatondeka apa

grey phiri

Kamlepo ali ndivuto lofanalo

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