Speaker sends stern warning to misbehaving MPs: Kaliati, Kabwila clash

Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya has warned misbehaving legislators that they face stiff punishment if they continued disrupting business in the House.

Kaliati (left) and Kabwila

Kaliati (left) and Kabwila

Msowoya did not name the culprits but this follows an incident on Friday when Minister of Gender, Children, Women Affairs and the Elderly Patricia Kaliati exchanged bitter unprintable words with Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson Jessie Kawila.

The incident nearly degenerated into chaos. The two party officials nearly fought in the House as some MPs jeered and cheered turning the House into a kindergarten playground for adults.

Msowoya said he would not hesitate to invoke relevant standing orders, rules of the House to mete out punishment to misbehaving legislators.

He said expectations from Malawians is very high therefore the House needed to conduct business with seriousness and dignity.

Most opposition members of parliament accuse Kaliati of unsolicited interjections during debate, she normally interjects while seated on her parliamentary seat.

Two weeks ago, a parliamentarian from Kasungu, in his contribution to President Peter Mutharika’s state of the nation address, said the public sector reforms would be useless if cabinet ministers, like Kaliati do not change their mind set by avoiding silly interjections when a member of parliament is on the floor.

irritated the government side in Parliament when she described the 25-minute State of the Nation Address (Sona) by President Peter Mutharika as a “tweet”.

A tweet is a post made on the Twitter online message service which has a restriction of 140 characters and nothing more.

In her response to the President’s address, Kabwila called the President’s speech “a shockingly short” like a Whatsapp message and trimmed down to an “empty” tweet that failed to satisfy Malawians.

“What they heard was what can be described as a Twitter message and at worst maybe a WhatsApp message not a State of the Nation Address,” she said.

Leader of the House Francis Kasaila accused Kabwila of making disparaging remarks against a Head of State.

MCP president Lazarus Chakwera who is also leader of opposition also described Mutharika’s SONA as “zero plan” speech.

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kei lex
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I love kaliyati for what she is ,strong woman like her wow Malawi is lucky for you Dear.ndipo sulakhula zopanda mzeru ur always speak importance to our county only kukumvetsa ndikomvuta sinanga alibe zeru.

Iwe jesse mmmh izi zimakumvutani ingosiyani ndale mukalime mwina kuchuka ndiulimi koma osati uzilimbana ndi adona ayi ,ukafuse mbuye ako atembo akumudziwa bwino Dona kaliyati.zinali bwino komkuja ku chacco osati ndalezi ai .

flora
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AZIMAYI AMENEWO AKU MALAWI, CHONCHO TINGATUKULANE OLO TIKUMANAMIZANA KUTI TIKHALE MMA UDINDO APAMWAMWA 50 – 50 COMPANY ITHEKA APA? WHAT WILL MEN THINK OF US? ADZINGOTI ANALANDANA AMUNA NDIYE PHYIPHYI ZAKE ZIKUTHELA KU PALIAMENT. ONSE NDI MA SALVAGE OKHAOKHA WINA OPHUNZIRA WINA OSAPHUNZIRA ONSE NDI DZINYALALA.

M G 2
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Respect to hon kabwira ur more than caurageous.

The Patriot
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Do not argue with a fool because people may not notice the difference! Empty tin arguing with a full tin! JK please do not lower your standards to those of PK, she is so dumb!!!

wosankhika
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hmmm folks, penapake. God loves u both. hope u know that.

mbani
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the brainy and brainless

thumbwe man
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Breaking News, Hon Patricia Kaliati practices Satanism. 100% true. Check it our!

chakwera
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koma jersey ndi wokwatiwa?

Digo
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Professionally, educationally, morally Kaliati must not talk when Jessie has talked. Educated people respect the hierarchy but thanks Kaliati is not educated. To understand the hierarchy. Vuto ndi ma constituency anu, mumangotumiza zimbayambaya zosaphunzira basi ku Parliament. Makamaka DPP/UDF kum’mwera uku, many MPs have basic educationunlike other parties. Timawanena a Chewa kuti ngosaphuzira but look at the cream sent to parliament! At least a first degree. Check the level of education for the funny &confused MPs. This mixture has failed Malawi altogether.

mkandawire mwenyikhwinechanya
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mwatikwana ma politicians athu this is not wat we voted you for. nyasi zanuzo ai

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