The African Union (AU) has emphasized that Malawi must focus on discipline on systematic arrangement to help domesticate the charters signed by government.
AU Regional delegate for Southern Africa Development Countries (SADC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Auguste Ngomo, said this at a meeting held with the Committee of National Parliament of Malawi on International Affairs, at parliament in Lilongwe.
“Parliament must organize a system that may help implement the charters into laws. The charters may be signed but if not implemented then there is no progress made.” Ngomo explained.
The AU delegates and the Committee of Parliament of Malawi on International Affairs shared both their concerns and problems encounter in cooperation and the solutions they may put to deal with the challenges before them.
Chairperson of the Committee Alex Major, who is also Member of Parliament for Kasungu West, stated that the meeting with the AU delegates was important to the country since it has brought awareness on how the organization operates.
“The meeting with the organization is an eye opener to the faults that the country has been making on the adoption of suggested policies or charters to the country,” explained Major.
He further added that, it is important for government bodies to be involved in the discussions, domestications and implementations of the charters to be signed.
“Other bodies such as the parliament have to be involved in the ratification and domestication of the policies to be signed before them. This helps the MPs to have a clear understanding of the benefits of the charters to be passed into laws.”
Out of the 52 legal instruments of the AU, Malawi has only signed two and ranks number 4 in Southern Africa based on the legal instruments signed.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :