PP wants Section 65 to be used to punish defectors 

The opposition Peoples Party (PP) says it will ask the Speaker of Parliament, Richard Msowoya to invoke Section 65 of the Constitution and punish lawmkaers who have  crossed the floor in Parliament.

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Mzimba West MP, Harry Mkandawire informed First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje that the party will bring a petition on an issue that touches on Section 65.

“We have one of our members whom we will be bringing to the attention of the Speaker that he has crossed the floor. That is Honourable [Patrick) Makina,” said Mkandawire.

However, PP expelled Makina from the party and he had decided to join the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

According to Mkandawire, the PP will also petition for Section 65 to be applied for  Davis Katsonga of Mwanza Central who has joined DPP.

Said Mkandawire. ”There is a member who came into this House as Chipani Cha Fuko (Katsonga). So, we are bringing in notice that he has crossed the floor.”

The First Deputy Speaker Mcheka Chilenje ruled Mkandawire “out of order”, saying the MP knows  the  proceduresto take in order to bring issues in the House.

But the Mzimba West MP said : “We are coming formally, Madam First Deputy Speaker.”

He was told to f ollow the “right procedure.”

According to Chancellor College law lecturer Dr. Mwiza Nkhata,  technically the seat of a member who has crossed the floor does not become vacant by mere operation of law because the Speaker must make the declaration before the seat can be vacant.

“ In electing a parliamentarian, constituents actually repose their confidence and trust in parliamentarians either as representatives of a particular political party or as independent members.

“The essence of representative democracy is that certain individuals will be democratically chosen to represent particular constituents. It is a betrayal of trust for such parliamentarians to subsequently and unilaterally change their affiliation without the endorsement of their constituents. Such a betrayal of trust also undermines the link that elected representatives must always have with their constituents,” Nkhata is on record saying.

“ It must also be recalled that Section 65 does not completely bar parliamentarians from changing their affiliation; it merely creates space for such parliamentarians to seek a fresh mandate should they decide to change their affiliation. To use the language used by the Malawi Law Commission, the section prevents ‘political immorality’ among parliamentarians,” he argued pursuasively.

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5 thoughts on “PP wants Section 65 to be used to punish defectors ”

  1. Mbava says:

    pp u ve to be the last party to demand this a katsonga nde mngamisala mankhwala akuwazunguza bongo

  2. Mapwevupwevu says:

    PP was founded on defections when Bingu died. Ralph Jooma, John Bande… all the PP ministers including Harry Mkandawire himself defected from DPP why didnt they use section 65 on themselves?

  3. Dengulanga says:

    PP ,MCP and any other parties in Malawi should stop wasting time on Section 65.Their only hope and that of Malawians will be to focus on electoral reform. Strengthen the system such that it makes it difficult for the DPP-a CABAL OF THIEVES, MURDERERS, TRIBALISTS TO RIG THE 2019 ELECTIONS. Herewith some suggestions to be pursued:
    (a) Election results at Presidential, Member of Parliament, should be counted at each Polling center level and announced there and then and signed of on a piece of paper that has a serial number and annotates.
    (b) All ballot boxes should have identifiable serial number. For example for those of us that vote at Chapananga in Chikwawa-the boxes should have District/year of voting/polling center number/ peculiar serial number given (CHIK/2016/Polling center number/xxxx).The number of ballot boxes brought to the tally center should be reconciled to this one when the results have been announced at each polling center.Zotumiza pa mawire ndi zija amabela mavoti using AIRTELL.

    We need this country to come out of the SHIT we are going through now. VOTE DPP IF YOU ARE HAPPY WITH THE DIRE PROBLEMS WE ARE CURRENTLY FACING STEMMING FROM THIEVING POLITICIANS. Otherwise vote for any other DOG

  4. Gawa Undi says:

    Section 65 is not applicable to fired MPs and Indipendents. Don’t waste our space and time. When you fired Makina where did you had in mind he would go? Shupiti!

    1. Choka Gawa undi read the constution well friend.

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