President, Speaker meet after Malawi parliament stopped school fee hike

President Peter Mutharika and Speaker of National Assembly Richard Msowoya on Thursday met for the first time in Lilongwe, a week after parliament stopped the government from implementing the secondary school fee hike.

President Mutharika with the Speaker Richard Msowoya when he opened the sitting if parliament

President Mutharika with the Speaker Richard Msowoya when he opened the sitting if parliament

The two did not talk to each other during the commemoration of the International Human Rights Day but their body language told it all.

Leader of the House Francis Kasaila accused Msowoya of “ambushing” the government by allowing a private members motion that called for the suspension of the fee hike without consulting the business committee, the political leadership of parliament as is the norm on any business of any day.

Msowoya hit back, saying standing orders, rules that govern the House allow him as Speaker and chairman of the Business Committee to introduce any other business.

He then allowed Salima Central MP Felix Jumbe who said it was unfair to hike fees in this economic turbulent times and asked the government to increase the fees when it improves the economy.

The motion was passed which means the fees cannot be implemented.

So Msowoya, vice president of opposition Malawi Congress Party on Thursday received a luke warm handshake from President Mutharika who had been out of the country when the motion was passed.

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thumzy
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tikaphunzira mmakwanumo mwatijaira2 fees hikinng z nat a joke guyz

mbwiyache
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Please honourable MPs, don’t block issues for the sake of it. Fees sikwera yes,koma mukudziwa kuti ana athu akudya nandolo ofumbwa m’maschoolmu? Enanu you were once secondary school teachers,izi mumazidziwa. Kodi fees amalipra mesa ndi makolo, Inuyo mukumvera chisoni mwana kapena kholo/guardian. For education to improve fees must be hiked to cater for costs that schools incur.

mbwiyache
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School fees ikuyenera ikwere abale. Can somebody tell kodi ana a ma MP amapita ku masecondary athu omwewa, kutalitali. Maphunziro alowabe pansi chifukwa school authorities are not getting enough to feed our kids in schools. Tisanamizane apa economy idzakhapanga liti improve? Who has an immediate answer? Forget about high quality education in Malawi ngati ma fees ali pomwepa Amalawi. Education is an investment that if you want succeed in every thing you do you must indeed invest. I support the idea of raising school fees kuti maphunziro akwere. During Kamuzu era, there was high quality education because we are paying… Read more »
Watereka
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Schools have not received the rescinded circular as such we’ve told students of the new fees…….kuzolowera subsidy amalawi we will never move forward with such myopic thinking

willo 7
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kodi ndalama mumati anthu azitenga kuti ngati zilukusowani inuyo aboma

Kunena Mosapsyatila
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Breakdown of fees in an average Govt Boarding school is as follows: Boarding: K15 000, Tuition: K500, GPF: K250, SDF: K2 000 TRF: K1 000. This is the fees of an average boarder in a Malawi of today with the high cost of living. I truly agree that Malawi is a poor country but let us analyse the boarding in the beginning. With your sane minds my fellow Malawians, which parent can afford to feed his or her teenage daughter or son with K15 000 for a period of three to four months at his homestead. This amount is like… Read more »
Chikondi
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Fees hike isnt suitable for this time as the country’s economy is unstable.

chindaxi
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Am wondering??? Why is that MPs are paid allowances when attending parliament seating which is why we voted for them to do that job. So they are paid twice monthly salaries plus allowances. Please educate me on this one. The Government would have saved a lot by not paying allowances to these big headed for nothing MPs. Parliament is their duty station. Most of them stay in town…eg Frank Mwenifumbo stays in area 47 and you pay him allowance when he goes to parliament. He sleeps,eats in his house. Government would save alot!!! We spend too much on these pipo… Read more »
36%
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Thumb up speaker. Kikikiki

calombo
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Muti boma lilibe ndalama nanga athu akumudzi azipeza kuti pamene mukuwonjezera FEES mmalo motsitsa kuti athu wamba akwanitse mukuwonjezera kuti athu azingosawukabe Masamu anu mukupanga bwanji MBALA wa thu.

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