MPs irked with cancellation of committee meetings: Malawi govt in travel controls

Members of Parliament from various committees who were scheduled to meet and discuss various issues of national importance, have expressed concern over the way the acting clerk of parliament (ACOP)  has handled himself  in cancellation of the committee meetings.

Parliament chamber

Parliament chamber

Various members of Parliament who spoke to Nyasa Times  said they are not happy with the cancellation of the meetings due to lack of funding.

“There are a lot of issues which we need to seriously discuss as committees.  I believe that the ACOP could have left the meetings to continue even without money and  refund the MPs later on,” said one lawmaker.

The committees were scheduled to meet on Monday 17 November,2014.

Some of the committees which were scheduled to meet  include  Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Statutory Committee, Public Appointments Committee(PAC) State Enterprise and Health Committee.

According to the communication  sent via short service message from mobile phone system read, ” Hon MP kindly be informed that the committee meetings scheduled for next week (Monday) have been postponed till further notice due to non funding.”

Malawi government is facing financial difficulties and has since restricted the number of external travels by all government officials to three in every financial year.

Chief Secretary to the Government, George Mkondiwa, in a letter dated November 7 2014 also addressed to Clerk of Parliament, chief executive officers of parastatals, heads of subvented organisations, all chief executive officers, mayors, city chairpersons, municipal, town and district councils limted external travel to three in a financial year.

Government has also stopped sponsoring external training especially if they can be attained locally.

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KING SOLOMONS WISDOM
Guest

LET ME HELP THESE MPS.I HAV SOLUTION.I WANT U TO HAVE THIS MOTTO”RECOVER LOOT FROM THE PLUNDERS” SO IWANT YO COMITEE TO HAV AGENDA TO START PUSH 4 BAKILI 1.7BILLION CASE .IF FOUND GUILTY,HE PAYS BACK IF INOCENT -CLOSE CASE.THEN GO TO 92 BILION AND SO ON .I TEL U MONEY WOULD FLOW AS ALOWANCES IN YO POKETS.BE AS VIGILANT AS JULIUS MALEMA.ASK SOUTH AFRICANS

Boti
Guest

Bravo APM. They should hold their meetings next year. No funds no meetings. Simple!!

mose kez
Guest

ng’ombe yayikazi tsiyikokka ngolo nanga yayimuna ikulephera bwanji? mfumu ya nzelu imaoneka pakukonza zomwe ena alephera, ngati zilibe chomwechi ndiye zasiyana pati kodi inali sanje chabe simunali kufuna kukonza koma kunyada ndizomwezi ,ukanama sikuchedwakucha kwakuchelani apa, yesesani malawi ukuola

Kanyimbi
Guest

Ukuona ngati boma ndi estate yoti utha kugula mbewu tsiku limodzi eti?

Another thought
Guest

MPs are angry not because they had anything tangible to discuss that could have benefitted Malawians but rather angling for the festive season so that they can make money to spend then. Looking at the calibre of our MPs I doubt it if we need these ceremonial committees after all wasnt it one of their committees that approved a person for a diplomatic posting when they clearly acknowledged that they were lacking in qualifications?

Olila
Guest
I desire to see a Malawi that has legislative representatives with a patriotic sense of duty. I desire to see a Malawi where our members of Parliament are reminded that their duty is to serve and not to be served. If indeed they were honourable ladies and gentlemen, would they not have said we will hold these meetings to seek solutions for the betterment of the nation as a whole regardless of the lack of funding as change begins with us. I desire to see politicians of a difference who seek to rebuild Malawi and not milk it further. Alas,… Read more »
Greedy
Guest

MK24Million of taxpayers money that the governmaent ” loaned” you for doing nothing was not enough???? You greedy pigs!!!!

Quota system
Guest

To get allowances for nothing, just sitting like observers in the parliament. Some of them have never uttered a word since their election.

simulemba
Guest

Congratulations ACOP these useless motherfuckers are a waste of resources. Almost all committee meetings are useless just used as vehicles for stealing funds. The Public Appointments Committee is the most useless of the lot. I dont know why they even bother to interview candidates when they have no ifea how to propely determine suitability.

Weniweni Balakasa
Guest

Mngoti Peter ndi boma lake la dpp zamkanika alibe chochita. Amadzitama kuti akhoza kuyendetsa boma without the hand of the donors. Ma Bricks aja amanena ali kuti pano? Mps committee meetings are part of parliamentary proceedings hence agreat need for them to meet and get allowances as prevealedged. Blame should go to K92 bil cashgate by the dpp govt

Munthu wa Mulungu
Guest

EXECUTIVE Kuchita mantha ndi LEGISLATURE. Ndipo simunati. Parliament yake si imeneyi. Akudziwa kuti akakhala m’madzi. Nanga si boma langoima, popanda chochitika.

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