UDF can join DPP on govt benches: Attorney General advises Malawi Speaker

United Democratic Front (UDF) members of Parliament (MPs) can join their Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) counterparts on the government benches in Parliament, Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale has advised Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya .

Lilian Patel: The move was agreed at UDF caucuses

Lilian Patel: The move was agreed at UDF caucuses

UDF whose leader Atupele Muluzi drafted in President Peter Mutharika’s Cabinet as Minister of Energy, Natural Resources and Mining, requested the Speaker to relocate its 14 MPs to government benches to reflect the governing pact.

Kaphale confirmed providing the legal opinion to the Speaker on UDF’s request that will not be contravening any law which means UDF MPs would be required to move to the government benches when Parliament meeting resumes in May for the 2015/16 budget deliberations.

UDF chief whip in Parliament Lilian Patel said the move to relocate to government benches was agreed by the party during “ caucuses”.

Constitutional law expert Edge Kanyongolo, who is an associate professor of law at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, argued that there is no defection in the relocation as Section 65 did not refer to the physical movement of MPs in the House, but the act of leaving one political party to join another or an organisation whose objectives are political in nature.

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50 thoughts on “UDF can join DPP on govt benches: Attorney General advises Malawi Speaker”

  1. Kenkkk says:

    There is really no need for udf mps to physically move to the govt benches. They can still support the govt from where they are sitting now.

    We want real opposition even within coalition just like the UK liberal dem party. They don’t mince words when it comes to sticking to their own policies. They even destroy the conservatives govt policies or make them change abit. But I can’t see udf doing the same as it has become a dpp puppet party!!

    My advice to MCP is please start strategising to counter- act this udf- dpp coalition as we may end up with a one party ruled state all over again.

  2. thunduwike says:

    Koma a chawa yaaaaaah

  3. manja lende says:

    asiyeni ateli basi

  4. PAPAYA says:

    Yaos n lomwes don’t know even they think they know. BT we know them no matter what you say about us, we r original maravi Malawian.

  5. Kwitanda says:

    Anena anena basi!

  6. zagwazatha says:

    Ndi autsirudi ayaowa nchifukwa chake basi usodzi udzawapha bukhu salidziwa iyayi. Kkkk

  7. mtichimwitsa says:

    Chipani chatha fufuzani kolowera a chawa nanga kumangolondola nzauchitsiru zomwe?

  8. kd says:

    we just have to scrap off section65 in our stupid constitution …..

  9. HILL says:

    Time is the master

  10. M'Malawi weniweni says:

    Akulu saadaname kuti nthanga kunena adathawitsa likongwe wa apongozi. Siizi UDF yatha ngat makatani

  11. James says:

    bravo UDF MPs.your are all welcome.lets join hands to lift up this country.

  12. Jereto says:

    The beginning of the end of UDT-GO gO and ask AFORD.

  13. Biti Foloko says:

    Mukutipepeletsatu achawafe

  14. Marioshona man says:

    MCP +P P = mcp supporters deflecting to( DPP , UDF coalition . Therefore 2019 elections landslide victory .

  15. weaklicks says:

    Unholy alliance. No one can say no to Atupele .UDF will die the same way afford did. It started with marrying UDF then devorce marry mcp andNow dead

  16. ganimunthu says:

    Try to cross. You will see how Msowoya will Heat you up. Try it

  17. justin says:

    kodi inu mungobwebweta udindo wanu simuuziwa eti osangotengana ndikupanga mademo bwanji.

  18. Mayi a Priscilla says:

    Bwanji osangoithetsa UDF yo, nonse nkulowa DPP? Nanga UDF ndi chipaninso ngati?

  19. Mbuzi inu muli busy ndizipani panopa dyela basi bwanji kambilanani zokweza ziko. Mukulephela kuyendesa boma koma kukakamila basi. Zikolo lidulidwe pakati basi.

  20. DRUMS STOP AND NO DREAMS. JUST WAIT WHAT GOD WILL DO IN 2019 OR AFTER 2019 GOD WILL MAKE WONDERS SOON.

  21. Nyolonyo says:

    Achewa ndi aTumbuka tulo. Nonse munachokela ku Zaire Congo koma simmagwilizana. Mwaawona anzanu ochokela pa Mozambique aukutakatani dzuwa likuswa ntengo.

  22. NAMITENGO says:

    TIDAKUUZANI KALE A UDF KUTI KUYAMWA SIMUNAMALIZE NDINU MAFANA LELO MUKEPHERA KUIMA PANOKHA MAPETO AKE AKE MUKAKAMIRA KUTI TIJOINA BOMA SHAME ON YOU BABIES.TIMVA ALLIANCE YOYAMBA LERO ZIKUSONYEZERATU KUTI MUKUOPA HEDEEEEEEEEEEE.ZAMANYAZI

  23. Mmmmm ine kuntima mbeeeeeee
    UDF/ DPp Woyeeeeee!

    1. sukutumpwelembwe says:

      @ lmraan sadick
      sindinaonepo mdyomba wopusa ngati iwe chifukwa olo atanena kuti UDF / MAFUNDE uta kubvina kwambiri mpaka kukala MBULANDA. SHAME !!!

  24. alibewache says:

    boma ilooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!

  25. mwanapwa says:

    UDF and DPP coalition zikumupweteka akakumbe phiri la Mulanje

  26. Mbwiye says:

    APM please I plead with you, please appoint Atupele to be the second vice president and minister of natural resources, mining and energy. This minor, though looking simple but is hardworking. Look at how his ministry restored electricity after floods devastated Nkula and Kapichila. If it were other ministers I know, they would be saying that monkeys at Nkula have disturbed the systems there and the system cannot be sorted out easily. Look at the effort he is making to replace trees. I would not be surprised to see APM, Chilima and Atupele making it again in 2019. They are a good combination. Bravo APM! Bravo Chilima! Bravo Atupele! Do not let anyone separate you. MCP, PP and (AFORD if they exist) will be crying again like babies.

  27. ERANIVE says:

    People like Jean Kalilani f…..k. You see these lhomwes and yaos are planning first class regionalism iwe kumene ko ngwindi nyiiiiiinilazo yako.

  28. Team Chilima says:

    All those who are writing. The loser here is not UDF but Mr. Saulos Chilima. Muluzi has stuck a deal so that his son Atupele should take over after APM exists whether through death, incapacitation or at the end of his five year tenure. Mr. Chilima take care of your life because you are playing with devils. If i were chilima i would do what Joyce Banda did otherwise your hard work is going to be futile because you will not be given a chance to stand as a President with Muluzi still alive

  29. KANDAWE says:

    IFE A MCP SITIKUTEKESEKA NDI MAKAPEWA ANTHU ADYELA, LIFE IS UNPREDICTABLE

  30. Khongoni Boy says:

    Kuteroko Mukukozekela 2019
    Koma Chitukuko Mupanga Mukayambilira Panopa

  31. ANALYST says:

    Come on Edge Kanyongolo – I have always held you in high esteem; but on this one, you’ve goofed big time! A clever person would easily win a case against “individual” UDF MPs that they have “individually” crossed the floor should they move to the govt side! Yes, the law does not talk of the “physical movement” of the MPs, but “ideological movement”; the relocation will simply cement the argument that UDF MPs have ideologically moved to the DPP – PERIOD!!!!!

  32. Yankees says:

    Maulamuliro akalekale, from ruling the Country to 14 mps, and lasting to coalition with the ruling party, lastly no UDF mp in 2019, mijomba kuzolowera kuseza kaunjika basi, one week kufield, kuchinda akazi aeni ati zawo ndizodula sizitenga matenda, mutipweteketsa kwa Mulakho uyu, iwenso Artoney General wakwela apapa takuona chikukukhudza ndi chani? Iwe ndi MP? Sec 65 are u arive or dead? A Msowoya mulingwindi chipani chanu akuchikhomelera, akuika Bread pakamwa eti? Zauchitsilu basi!!!.

    1. Kusenza kaunjika siukape M’phwanga,Mijomba ukunyozayo ikumanga ma plot ntown-mu kuchoka mukaunjika momwemo iwe olawira kuntchito kachingwe kakaunjika utamanga pakhosi nkumapanga rent kwa Mjomba yemweyo-if I may ask dolo ndindani pamenepa?

  33. Okay says:

    Koma abale Atupele, Mutharika ndi Chilima ndi ma shasha. Tsono MCP ndi AFORD and PP tapangani zanuzo mudzaone mmene tidzakutibulireni 2019. Mwachepa amphwanga.. Ngati mumati tidakuchitani chakutichakuti in the last tripartite elections, 2019 tidzakuchitani zakutizakuti. Loooo. Boma illooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. Zipani zinatu ngakhale beyond Lizulu going South kulibe.

  34. Maximum Prison says:

    Unbeatable formula for 2019 elections! Ena kuti mmimba moto buuuuuuuuuuu! Where is Hussen Mustapher and Mr Hajat?

  35. chidumayo says:

    The southerners do not want this country to be ruled by some one from central or northern regions. Akutitakata anyamata aku mwela kwabasi. Central and northern olo ataphatikizana kuvotela chipani chimodzi sizingapindule kanthu kumwela anthu ndi ambiri.
    Mayo Malawi wanga ineeeeeee. Bola usamunda.
    Tikulira Kamuzu Banda wathu ife. Kusogoloku upulezident uziyendela Mthalika kenako Muluzi. Muluzi kenako Mthalika azingosinthana mabanja awiriwa muzaona mtsogolomu bola moyo.
    Chiyambi chake ndi kuphatikizana kwayambikaku.

    1. mbwaxe says:

      Dont worry by 2019 most people in the south will be dead!!! Kumwela kudzakhala kopanda anthu!!!! Afa ma floods aids etc!!! Tiona mmene zithere

  36. UDF + DPP ngozi kuphompho says:

    Mantha ayambilathu za ku 2019 utsogoleri uchokako kumwera ndi theng’eneng’e limenero Mulungu amaona mapulani anuwp.

  37. No one (party) to be above the a Kanyongolo angoyamba ndale tsopana adadziwika mbali section65 igwire ntchito UDF sichipani cholamula chikhala bwanji kolamula ndiko kutengela malamulo m’manja mufuna kumasinthana pa utsogoleri chifukwa anzeru ndinu nokha? Abusa mutithandiza bwanji apa

  38. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Come again, Mr. Kanyogolo and Mr Kaphale!!!! Zitsiru nonse.

    So in legal terms government is not defined or referred to as an organization. In short it’s an entity. But Employment Act call government employer.
    And this government is not a political government in nature.

    No wonder, we are having fake doctors and am sure we also have fake lawyers around.

    Shame! Lawyers must be very stupid people, always giving controversial advice.

  39. GUANTANAMO says:

    Inu a MCP ndi PP mukuona zimene akupanga anzanu? Musagone tulo. 2019 pangani political alliance. Field one presidential candidate. Start working now

  40. brutsha says:

    Sometimes law sounds like kindergarten reasoning. The interpretation given by Edge Kanyongolo is an insult to the intelligence of an upright thinking person. If I may ask, what does the shift of seating plan imply? It means UDF and DPP are bed fellows. Do we need any rocket science to understand that DPP and UDF are repositioning themselves to form a southern region force in readiness for 2019 elections? Isn’t that, therefore, a political grouping? Shupiti! Malawi.

  41. Wodzichepetsa says:

    Ndilowa mnthengo

  42. Desire says:

    I dont know law but this is not crossing the floor,koma apa nchachiziwikire kuti udf is swallowed mwa plan. Kumachenjera pa town,said one big man long time ago!

  43. DAMBA says:

    RIP UDF. Tidzayika ngati AFORD. Koma maliro a UDF sadzagona poti ndi achisilamu. Tidikira mu May when Parliaments meets kuti tisomole chipanichi

  44. Patriot says:

    UDF kulibe.
    Chinatha chipanichi. Mukufuna kunamiza ndani?

  45. jimmy juga says:

    GOOD MOVE ATUPELE

  46. ujeni says:

    Is that advice personal or from section 65? What is wrong with us Malawians. We are poorest and we continue making stupid decisions that dont help uplift the country. The Attorney General is a crook of all makhulukhu

  47. Nkalapwaga says:

    Chipani china chitha ngati makatani.lo!

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