Members of Parliament from the north speaking in the 193 strong National Assembly have accused the government of sidelining the north in development activities.
Mzimba South West MP Harry Mkandawire demanded answers from the government why the multi billion kwacha massive Chinese developments are not allocated in the northern region.
He accused the Peter Mutharika administration of “systematically marginalising” the northern Malawi.
Mkandawire also accused the government of neglecting the north in terms of development activities.
Rumphi East MP Kamlepo Kalua threatened to “bring down” the DPP government if it continued sidelining the north in development activities.
Kalua, one of the politicians who fought gallantly against one-party dictatorship and championed democracy, did not specify how he would bring down the government.
He also claimed that Judge Charles Mkandawire was left out as Clerk of Parliament job because he is. a northerner.
But leader of the House Francis Kasaila said Kamlepo could not hold the DPP government to ransom as he did with the United Democratic Front (UDF) government when he wanted “something personal” from former head of state Bakili Muluzi, vowing he DPP-led government would not be cowed.
“Mr. Deputy Speaker, I know that my honourable colleague used to threaten UDF [United Democratic Front] so that he could get something at the end of the day. DPP will not fall into that trap. Therefore, nothing will come to you even if you threaten the DPP,” Kasaila said.
Kasaila said it was not true that the DPP government is marginalising the northern region on development activities.
He then mentioned a number of development projects for the north, saying development projects are spread across the country and no region can be sidelined.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :