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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33 thoughts on “MPs irked with cancellation of committee meetings: Malawi govt in travel controls”

  1. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    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

  2. Boti says:

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

  3. mose kez says:

    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

    1. Kanyimbi says:

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

  4. Another thought says:

    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?

  5. Olila says:

    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, my beloved country we are just beginning to experience the birthing pains of turmoil, chaos, desolation, hunger, sickness and despair….sadly it will be the poor man, you and I who will feel it most!

  6. Greedy says:

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

  7. Quota system says:

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

  8. simulemba says:

    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.

  9. Weniweni Balakasa says:

    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

  10. Munthu wa Mulungu says:

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

  11. Disaster says:

    How about conference calls. Have you ever heard of that???? May be not coz our MPs are so retarded. You can have a committee meeting in your pajamas in the comfort of your home . All you need is a phone. I know this wont sit well with these retards coz all they want is allowances.

  12. Mwenecho says:

    92 bill4on at work tilira

  13. Titus Skoti says:

    Much as we appreciate that they were to discuss issues of national importance, koma ngati ndalama kulibe, there is nothing that can be done, adikire boma likazapeza ndalama (that is their own parliamentary language akamayankha mafunso a anthu ofuna chitukuko mu madera mwawo). Prudence is very crucial, if there is no momey, don’t spend!! These guys should have known better that the economic situation is dire currently. Anthu anaba ndalama zambiri za boma, azungu anasiya kuthandiza dziko lino and now there is high flying inflation leading to high cost of living. As I speak now, civil servants are back to square one. Even before the first increased salary has been received, the Kwacha has tumbled to the extent that all the increment has been erased. poor civil servant has a higher, but useless salary!!! May God help Malawi!! Boma likuyesera kukokera by raising fees of different services, milking the very thin cow, komabe sizikukwana, ndiye ena azifuna ma sitting allowances, achani? Kudzikonda bwanji anthu inu!!!

  14. ma battery a Mulhakho says:

    I used to hate the commitee meetings but You Malawians you could have appreciated Menyani,Kamlepo Kalua and the whole of the PAC had it been that u were interested to go and see for yourselves what these honorouble guys are doing!These hon. guys mean business!

  15. verson says:

    Am failing to understand how these experts in running government affairs are failing to run this country. Bola clueless government yomwe ija. Chitsime chimaoneka kuya chikaphwa zoonadi.

  16. Lino says:

    Kufuna kukangodya ndalama. Dont allow these small goats. They are wasteful

  17. Hehe says:

    THEY JUST WANT TO GET FREE ALLOWANCES!! AWACHITA BWINO ANTHUWA!! THEY SHOULD FOCUS ON WORKING FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF MALAWI INSTEAD OF FISHING FOR COMMITTEE MEETINGS WHERE THEY JUST GET HAND OUTS!! SIS MAN!!

  18. Patriot says:

    Ma meetings anu azatheka “makasu” (Civil servants) akazalandira zawo. Apo bi munya simunati

  19. Kampalapata says:

    Simunati afana mudziwanso inu mumati muzidya nokha ife tikufasiting’a.

  20. City Dweller says:

    In fact Committee meetings are mostly fund raising ventures for MP’s because when you look at their programmes same amount work they plan to do for a whole week can actually take them only 2 days if they were serious and some of it is even not that urgent but they just want to sit for the sake of sitting may be with the exception of commitees such as PAC. Absenteism is also very high.

  21. Koma ndiye says:

    This is a working day, why do you need allowances? The whole set up is stupid. You work to serve the people of Malawi and not the other way round. We hear a lot of these meetings and not much outputs. The outputs we tend to “see” are you guys talking badly of the Other Parties. We need to see action guys, then may be we can start sympathising – which I very much doubt anyway

    Zinthu zinazi you can start setting examples. Malawi is in deed poverty, cost of living is raising by the day, you took loans to be paid by Malawians, donor aid is suspended, we are not exporting and yet, you our own elected MPs are demanding allowances for a normal day’s work.

    Eti bwanji pa menepo?

  22. Plebian says:

    Apa Pali Mavuta-APM. Munasankha nokha osalira mbava inu. You thought of stomach by awarding yourself 24 million & now cry over allowances when Makawians are languishing in stinking poverty . Foolish MPs. When it comes to civil servants you are mum. Foolish thieves idiots

  23. dodo says:

    Tough times!!!!! A pitala munya nazo!!!!! I can smell another cardiac arrest!!!!!!gvt is serious business!!!!this old embicile wont go far!!!!!!!!

    1. Blaster says:

      Akulu inu muli ndi vuto. You must be satanic. why hate the President so much. It is u who is get a heart attack. Wakufa sadziwika.

  24. The Patriot says:

    Let them do it for free if they really would like to meet for the sake of Malawians, otherwise mkwiyowo ndi ma allowance ndi amene akupweteka!!

  25. John says:

    MPs wanted to discuss something of “national importance”. Hahahahahaha. Very funny! Stop it!

  26. Kikikiki hahahaha malawi yanga

  27. Refunduslateron says:

    I am sorry my beloved MPs !!!! Good news that the government is cutting down useless expenses!!! Well done!!!!!

  28. kingcobra says:

    Being a president does not mean just sitting on a comfee chair and poop ,you got to think and come up with strategies but I do understand when the brain has reached that stage when you cant think why do you want to be a leader then??? Just to be on a motercade???

    1. ma battery a Mulhakho says:

      kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk!

  29. Kenkkk says:

    Useless committees any way. You are failing to challenge the govt on many issues. Now the govt is finishing you on the pretext of lack of funds!!!

    If the committees were popular with the people or be seen to be effective, even the govt would have been forced to find some money for them. But they are not!!!

  30. Chalume says:

    MWANYA NAZO AKUBA INU

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