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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27 thoughts on “MP ruled out of order for ‘mocking’ First Lady over degree”

  1. Joan king says:

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

  2. VYOTO says:

    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.

  3. Taweni says:

    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.

  4. King says:

    Mwati kamlepo amati bwanji paja mwayiwala xomwe adaziona gadama tipangaso chimozimozi

  5. Khwakwaniwa says:

    Ndimakhulupirira kamulepo ndi osadzindikira!kudzionera ku ukulu

  6. Kalyoto says:

    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.

  7. Boliwoli2 says:

    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.

  8. Kaziulika Chimugonda says:

    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

  9. mbweno says:

    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

  10. grey phiri says:

    Kamlepo ali ndivuto lofanalo

  11. Limbanazoni Phiri says:

    Amalawi tizilemekezana, Anduna aza chuma chonde asiyileni ena ntchitoyi, mu Bingu regime dziko linazunzika,panonso ndi izi. wolila.

  12. thinktankmalawi says:

    Choncho muziti opposition is constructive…just look at this garbage…bringing useless topic that has no bearing on the welfare of constituents under whose mandate this idiot is in parliament..

  13. Coco says:

    Which Enviroment Has The 1st Lady butfy?i cant c the fruts of this bma!degree yaphweka eti?

  14. Phwisa says:

    A Kamlepo, really mmene ulova unakupherani muja today wasting tax payer’s money discussing za zi. What would have said had the issue came from govt side. Stupid parliament, stupid Malawians, stupid you, stupid me

  15. victor says:

    Universirty Guys akuyendera kukonza kapansi ………………………………..

  16. Chalume says:

    I think ‘Piper’ doesn’t know how much of taxpayers’ money was spent to have the First Lady be awarded that degree that recognizes her for emptiness. What has she even done to improve the environment in Malawi? She has not even planted five trees in Chikangawa or Dedza and you think the UNIMA should be wasting our money to award stupid degrees? She even stole money from NAC, for crying out loud!

  17. Chambe says:

    Ka Mlepo kachepa nzeru aka.
    Anthu a Kwao nkusanka Ka munthu Ka chamba aka zedi kusiya vi wanthu veni veni?

  18. Chekecheke says:

    No coment not even congatulatory message

  19. Wankulu kwambiri says:

    Mkumati zimenezo amutuma ndi anthu a dera LA kwao kusiya kukambirana zenizeni anthu enawa mitu yawo sigwira ntchitodi ndithu

  20. Mpunga Woviika..... says:

    Who veted for Kamlepo Kalua Guys this man talks sheet alibe mfundo yiliyonse akukamba mu parliament

    1. grace says:

      sheet? koma yes!

  21. Mphembedzutsokonombwe says:

    A country of low self esteem where most need recognition based on needless praise. Shameful. Titles. Titles.

  22. Phd Holder says:

    Doctress Gertrude Muntharika Tsopano ayayayayaya

  23. Genesis1:26 says:

    Is Lucius Banda an MP????????

  24. Piper says:

    Come on… Don’t waste tax payers money talking honourary degrees. There’s a lot to be done and this won’t help the masses out there with real problems. Get to work.

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