Political expert wants presidential powers trimmed on CoP appointment

A University of Malawi political expert is calling for the trimming of presidential powers so that the head of state should not appoint a chief executive officer of parliament, saying this is a great threat to democracy.

Dr Chinsinga:   Need to change the law

Dr Chinsinga: Need to change the law

Political scientist Blessings Chinsinga said it was an anomaly in our Constitution that allowed the head of the executive arm of government to appoint a chief executive officer of parliament, a separate arm of government.

“The DPP should live up to its campaign promises. They promised reduction of presidential powers,” said Chinsinga, who is a professor of political science at Chancellor College, the constituent college of the University of Malawi.

His comments come barely days after President Peter Mutharika said he handpicked Fiona Kalemba as parliament’s clerk of parliament although she came a distant third in interviews conducted y the Parliamentary Service Commission.

Mutharika defended his decision to leave Judge Charles Mhango who came first during the interviews, saying Kalemba is an expert in bill drafting.

The President was parrying away accusations of nepotism, tribalism and regionalism in the appointment of the clerk of parliament, saying the law provides that parliament gives him three names for consideration and gives him powers to appoint the clerk of parliament of his choice.

But Chinsinga said the law needs to e changed as a matter of urgency.

“He should leave the appointment of the clerk of parliament to the Parliamentary Service Commission. It is not healthy that the president should have a say in the appointment if an officer at the National Assembly. This is a threat to democracy. This is a serious anomaly that should be corrected,” said Chinsinga.

incidentally, some section of society also accused the speaker of the Narional Assembly Richard Msowoya, who is also chairman of the Parliamentary Service Commission for nepotism and tribalism for favouring Mkandawire.

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24 thoughts on “Political expert wants presidential powers trimmed on CoP appointment”

  1. sibweni says:

    Who this chisinga in the history of Malawi to attract our attention? he utters nonsense when he talks and he don,t know when to talk what.chisinga is a well educated savage I ever seen and you expect such lectures to produce politicians,loyals,judges and public administrators of sound mind,no way! such lectures are the ones who are producing thieves,corrupt citizens and incompetent officers.

  2. MALAWIAN says:

    COP WAS NOT INTERVIEWED BY SPEAKER RICHARD MSOWOYA ALONE BUT A PANNEL OF INTERVIEWERS .THE INTERVIEWERS CAME UP WITH INTERVIEW QUESTIONS WHICH AMONGST OTHERS INCLUDED THE AREA OF BILL DRAFTING.IF INDEED THE PETER MUTHALIKA PICKED CANDIDATE IS AN EXPERT IN BILL DRAFTING, SHE SHOULD HAVE DEMONSTRATED HER EXPERTISE RIGHT THERE IN THE INTERVIEW ROOM NOT OTHERWISE.

    IF SOMEBODY CAME THIRD EVEN IF SHE MAY BE AN EXPERT IN DRAFTING BILLS, IT IS A CLEAR TESTIMONY THAT SHE EXPOSED WEAKNESSES IN OTHER AREAS. DID PETER MUTHALIKA INTERVIEW BEHIND SCENES TO PROVE THAT THEY CANNOT DRAFT BILLS BETTER THAT HER CANDIDATE? I THOUGHT THERE IS MORE TO COP JOB THAN MERE DRAFTING BILLS!

    MALAWI CANNOT PROGRESS HAVING PEOPLE WITH PETER MUTHALIKA TYPE OF THINKING.PETERS LATE BROTHER BROUGHT BACK THE STUPID AND SENSITIVE QUOTA SYSTEM OF SELECTING UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AFTER THE 1994 COURT CASE DESCRIBED IT AS DISCRIMINATRORY .WHY IS THIS MUTHALIKA BRAND ENEMIES OF OPEN COMPETITION IN THIS AGE??????????????????????????????????????????

  3. MaKopa says:

    Shaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa gender equality maybe hidden a gender nepotism

  4. Kulibe kantu says:

    The last sentence is incorrect. It is the writer’s voice not MPs. Which MPs are you talking about? mention them. The writer is a DPP supporter. There is no evidence that Msowaya favoured Mkandawire. Someone came number in the interviews, how was he favoured?

  5. Pwiya wa Pwiya says:

    Fellow Malawians, ma Professors awa ndi aganyu basi. Ma theories awo amasankha popanga apply. Such posts need vetting which I do not see in the process of filling such vaccancies. Democracy can not be deemed to be threatened by the Presidency alone, even such developments as in this situation. Why should someone have prior preference for someone even before interviews? Nepostic tendencies are destroying Malawi, yes, I have heard some quarters saying that unequal consideration for Ministerial appointments various locations of Malawi amount to nepotistic tendencies. I tend to disagree because being a minister is not necessarily a contractual employment. That is why a minister can lose his job even on his way to office without notice, confirming that the positions are for political purpose. CoP like any other substantive posts are contractual therefore need to be vetted as to who is conversant with the advertised post not necessarily take into consideration on just experience after all some people may be left because they might be overqualified for the posts. Some are left because of their administrative and management weaknesses from previous or current posts they held or they are holding. So before we propose such drastic measures we need to investigate every case as they come from time to time.

  6. Achinsinga zikuwoneka kuti kusukulu mwapitako koma sinakupindulireni mukuganiza ngati mwana amene amawo abwino ndi amake okha basi.

  7. Dr Haswel P Bandawe says:

    Since the Constitution provides for the President to exercise his discretion in appointing a name from among the list of recommended candidates, there is NO reason to fault the President.

    It is also a mistaken view to bring into the discussion issues of nepotism either on the part of the interview committee or the President. In fact, given a list of 3 qualified people, one of whom is a woman, the appointment of a woman is laudable.

    Isn’t the Clerk of Parliament a Civil Servant? If so, all rules and regulations that apply to appointments of civil servants at various levels of seniority should also apply to the Clerk of Parliament. Civil servants serve in all the 3 branches of Government even in Independent Commissions. What are the risks to democracy in the case of clerk of Parliament or any civil servant who serves in the judiciary?

  8. chitsa boys says:

    Blessings wataika

  9. Truth says:

    You have goofed on this one Mr Chinsinga, big time. Speaker, Yes, elected, but COP is through interviews and then name goes to President for approval or rejection. Checks on abuse of power. by the way, the speaker and Parliament can also abuse power (ultra vires) for political and material gains. You need to go for refresher course Blessings, or were you misqouted. Sometimes these journos amafuna kutapana mkamwa basi Ask Mulli.

  10. Therere says:

    that was women empowering, what is your problem?

  11. Afana Peter says:

    I kyk the tumbuka,,,Anthu okonderana koma vuto safuna mtundu wina uziwalamulira.Munakhala bwanji a tumbuka inu.

  12. Wa Nzeru Wa Kummawa says:

    Ok change the consititution but the appointment remains valid. The next appointment will follow the new consititution. Simple! Isn’t it professor?

  13. nachisale says:

    Myopic and vindictive observation. The president chose one of the four candidates as per the law. And women and well-meaning men are happy there is a woman in this high position. In fact, the push for trimming the powers of the president seems to be informed by ‘past anger’ of ‘academic saga’ from these so-called political scientists of Chanco. Unfortunately, some of us are happy the president considered a woman. We need more role models for our girls and women who toil everyday under patriarchal culture.

  14. TUDZI says:

    Firstly who qualified this nosense Dr Chisinga as a political expert?????what politics has he ever practiced before, he is a mare academician, mphunzitsi wa ku TCHYANCO. all his comments are always negative about gorvenance, is he a god to you nyasatimes for you to always take him to be on the right all the times//////???? the president just executed one of his legal tasks, and thats an issue to you CHINSINGA??? and you anthu okuda kobasi, ATUMBUKA, why do u hate lomwes. mwayiwala kuti ma office amene inu muli mabwana mumalembana atumbuka okha okha kuyambira cleaner ndi azilonda omwe, mumafuna ku parliament kukhale atumbuka awili mabwana, mwanya nayo, komaso atumbuka utchisi kwambiri, kukonda kuchindana ku ma office,

  15. Eugene says:

    577 BILLION woyeeee

  16. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Dr. Chisinga has a good point. Our constitution has to be amended.

  17. komkobb says:

    This country does not belong to the Lomwes only. Why oppressing the Tumbukans. The post should be on merit. Fiona Kalemba ufa osadwala take the post and see what will happen to you.

  18. Chibanja tv says:

    Also trim powers some of the CEOs in parastatals busy conducting interviews for messengers, drivers, security guards saying they have an appointing authority kweni kuli kanthu zani muone.

  19. gama says:

    nonsese, if the president has powers to appoint the head of another branch of government, in this case am talkin about the chief justice, so who is cop that cannot be appointed by the president, and after all why now, the procedure has been there all time where were the so called political expert? shame

  20. kent says:

    The fact that Chisinga is from Chanco does not make him comment on everything that govt is doing the problem with many academicians they thought they are clever whilst this world is for those who are clever and wise thats the reason why our current president emphasised that our proffesors should not keep on commenting on trivial issues instead they should concentrate on research to improve their relevance in the academic sector.

    Hot Debate:The title should have said Chinsinga wishes presidential powers trimmed not he wants because having being a lecture at chanco does not gives you power to dictate or critisize everything that govt is doing be practical aise from a so called CHANCO.

  21. Sapitwa says:

    If you trim the powers of the President, then who will trim those of Parliament?
    You can’t reduce the presidency to just a figurehead. He has to have some powers and this one is not negotiable. Don’t change the constitution just because it is Mutharika. Where were you during Bakili, Bingu and JB?

  22. levelheaded says:

    Malawians try to understand things for once.
    Chinsingaaaaaaaaa! Akati first four candidates qualified for that position, akutanthawuza kuti president can pick one of them and there is no problem with that.

    The same with unima intake,they say from 6 to 31 points they all qualify for university entrance it means within those points atha kutenga aliyense koma ndimamva anthu ng’we ng’we ng’we bwanji amutenga wa 25 points kusiya wa 12? All of them qualified for university baba. Eeeish.

  23. levelheaded says:

    Pali Vuto lalikulu LA momwe anthu amawonera zinthu ngakhalenso anthu ophunzira ngati a Chinsinga.
    Legislature conducted the interviews which four candidates qualified for that position. Names of these candidates are mandatory submitted to the president for further scrutiny of which the president choses his successful candidate.

    I even wonder why the names of the successful candidates were publicised before the president had picked one. That is where even the President had suspected some foul play and picked somebody who they regarded a distant third.

    Pofuna kukuyankhani inu a Chinsinga, kuchepetsa mphamvu za president ndi maganizo abwino Ku dziko lomwe aliyense ali ndi maganizo ofuna kutukula. But in our case that can prove too suicidal for government activities.

    Chomwe mungadziwe ndi choti kumalawi kuno titangoti tiyelekeze kutero ndiye kuti titha kupanga ma boma awiri. Chitsanzo ndi momwe zinakhalira kuti a speaker anasankha candidate wawo (Mkandawire) ndi cholinga kuti atha kumamupanga control. Izi zidakatheka opanda president kulowelerapo ndiye kuti bwenzi legislature ikuwonongelabe ndalama mopanda control ngati momwe tawonera pogula magalimoto odula kwambiri.

    Ma professor a kuno Ku Malawi munandigwetsa mphwayi kwambiri in the way you reason out things. Democracy is not necessarily doing things the way the origin country(america) does it. You import it and apply in your situation.

    In Malawian situation,reducing presidential powers is not just suicidal but a complete fallacy that can not do us any good.

    Kuti tisiyire mphamvu every arm of government, mbambadi mapeto ake mudzawona kuti so ma arm of government as such koma tapanga maboma atatu and at the end you will see the president akulephera kulamulira boma Lori lake lomwe.

  24. SONG says:

    I agree with Dr Chinsinga how can someone appoint the third one for the position of cop. This completely irregular and Parliament should make this power is trimmed as a matter of urgency. There was no favouratism or nepotism by speaker because there were interviews by Parliamentary service commission not Speaker. He was just the chairman as speaker.

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