Absent MPs to miss allowances – Malawi Parliament

Malawi parliament has cracked the whip on truant legislators who absent themselves from National Assembly business, saying they risk having their K80 000 daily allowance deducted.

Parliament to punish absent MPs

Second Deputy Speaker  Aisha Mambo Adams  communicated that the Business Committee—which comprises the leadership of political parties on both sides of the House—have made the resolution.

“Honourable Members, the Business Committee deliberated on issues to do with absenteeism in both Plenary as well as Committee meetings by Honourable Members for various reasons.  The Business Committee resolved that: In line with Standing Order 41, Members will be required to seek leave of absence.

“ In this case, Members will have to complete specially designed forms for consideration and approval by the Right Honourable Speaker; Political party Whips will be vital in the approval process of the application for leave of absence; and Forms will be available through the Secretariat,” Madam deputy speaker said.

Members of Parliament (MPs) get K40 000 per day as subsistence allowance and K10 000 sitting allowance which is paid out before the meeting starts.

The House has always been at pains on how to penalise absconding MPs who claim allowances, but do not show up for proceedings because the Standing Orders do not expressly indicate the process.

The Leader of the House Kondwani Nankhumwa told parliament that the communications from Madam Second Deputy Speaker  is “a true reflection” of what transpired in the Business Committee.

Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Chief Whip Lobin Lowe also confirmed  that is the resolutions of the Business Committee meeting.

“Allow me to add on the sanity of Committee meetings. It was observed that in the last parliamentary tenure, there was no sanity so the Business Committee agreed that from today all Committee meetings, especially stakeholder meetings will be restricted to Committee Members. Participation will be restricted to invitation, especially where Joint Committee is concerned,” added Lowe.

United Democratic Front (UDF)  leader Lilian Patel also confirmed  that the communication was the resolution of the business committee.

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3 years ago

Basi if they don’t want to perform their duties,let them resign and go back to their constituencies.palinso zonyengerera apa.second candidate pa ballot paper should then replace them.

3 years ago


3 years ago

Mbava zina zimenezi

3 years ago

They can be in but sleeping, all caught sleeping on the job should too lose their allowances. They are their to serve their people not to snooze. Those not doing what they promised in their constituencies, should also be asked to pay back their allowances. We need MPs who have the mindset of development not the mindset of enriching themselves. We are in 21st century and no need for people to be drinking dirty water why you MPs are busy building your own Singapores. We are watching, please let’s keep our eyes and ears on these MPs. If anyone sees… Read more »

Kapado Chimulirenji
3 years ago

Bravo Parliament, this is the way to go! The wrath should not only end on absenteeism, but should be extended to those MPs who sleep when Parliamentary deliberations are underway. No one is above the law. Set a thief to catch a thief.

3 years ago

MPs are not coming bkoz they dont recognize PITALA MUTHARIKA as the president kkkkkk

3 years ago
Reply to  TOSH

shame on u wait and see.

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