Chakwera vows to answer questions in Malawi parliament: Reduce presidential powers, declare assets yearly

New era indeed! President Lazarus Chakwera has said he will be submitting himself to “constitutional processes” including attending the presidential question time in parliament, setting the tone of new way of doing things in the next five years of governance.

President Chakwera receives the sword of command from Malawi Defence Force commander General Andrew Namathanga: I promise to set a good example of submitting myself to the constitutional processes, provisions, and institutions that are designed to ensure that the President and Vice President are always at their best.

The laws state that a President should go to parliament to answer the questions from legislators but immediate former president Peter Mutharika has always snubbed the questions to the president session when called and instead delegated a senior cabinet minister to answer on his behalf.

Former president Bakili Muluzi is the only one who faced the then Leader of Opposition Gwanda Chakuamba in an exciting and historic question time in the 1990s.

But speaking during his inauguration ceremony at Kamuzu Barrack in Lilongwe organised by Malawi Defence Force, President Chakwera promised to give the country his best and “do my best for you as your servant.”

Said Chakwera: “More importantly, I promise to set a good example of submitting myself to the constitutional processes, provisions, and institutions that are designed to ensure that the President and Vice President are always at their best”

He added: “I will go to Parliament to be questioned by the people about my handling of state affairs.”

Chakwera also said as required by law, he will make a full declaration of his assets each year and also that he would want to reduce presidential powers.

“I will propose legislation to reduce the powers of the presidency and empower institutions to operate independently, including Parliament and the Anti-Corruption Bureau,” he said.

The Malawi leader pledged meet with the Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) “personally every three months to listen to alternative ways of running government affairs.”

Chakwera also said he will operationalize the Access to Information Act “in order to end the era of government secrecy and usher in the dawn of government accountability.”

Said Chakwera: “As I seek to be at my best through these measures, you can also count on me to challenge all of you to be at your best.”

Chakwera comfortably won the June 23 election with 58.5 per cent of the vote — beating Peter Mutharika, whose re-election last year was anulled by the courts over “grave”, “widespread and systematic” irregularities.

His formal inauguration coincided with the country’s 56th independence celebrations.

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SANITIZE.
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SANITIZE.

Good one,no money for hand clappers but go kumunda khasu ndi nkhwangwa zigwire ntchito.

Lingala,Bolingo Nangai.
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Lingala,Bolingo Nangai.

Onse amene munazolowera kusolora apa nde mwauponda.maka ma cadet,munya chaka chino ndi azimayi aja amati lalalalalalalalalalalal,pomaliza kumalimbilana ma k50….kikikikiki mukapepeta mphale pachigayo sure,kuti mupeze 50backs yo.

Lingala,Bolingo Nangai.
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Lingala,Bolingo Nangai.

No food for lazy one,apa nde mau aja agwiradi ntchito mmayenda mbali ,pano muyenda pakati.

Yesterday
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Yesterday

We all know the parties are owing a lot of people money because they financed your compaign. Now please educate me about how you intend to repay them if not through disadvantaging Malawians in one form or the other. Just be assured that we know who funded your campaigns. The foolish DPP played us already and now, we have our eyes wide open.

Sikelo
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Sikelo

Not a smart comment, but rather damn! May be you should shut up….

The SNIPER
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The SNIPER

I don’t think you have a good information about what you are saying in my understanding, because you have not mentioned any single party that financed him and asked for repay. You see? Next time, try to prove your argument or else your cadetship will null and void.

NEW ERA MALAWI
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NEW ERA MALAWI

Both Tonse ALLIANCE and DPP-UDF ALLIANCES should disclose who funded their parties in this FRESH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION PROCESS.

In the new era this will help in transparent handling of corruption matters without fear or favor.
their should not be favoritism regarding those who had funded these parties at one point In time.
All criminals should be dully prosecuted especially those engaged in corrupt practices

Gabor
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Gabor

Well wishers, more especially for MCP has been there for so many years then you should start from the time of ngwazi in 1950s til today who’s been funding MCP?

Nyoloka
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Nyoloka

You are indeed “yesterday”…. captivity of negativity, we all know?, of course i don’t, tell us who els knows apart from you? or you are including us, just to make a point?

Wake up, it’s today…… “yesterday”

weo
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weo

I like you. Unfortunately its the thieves you have in Tonse that will let you down. That is your vision but believe me next elections some people will be planning to compete with you and take a wild guess about how they expect to fund their campaign.

The SNIPER
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The SNIPER

It’s like you are talking about the next 5 years if I’m not wrong right? So if it is like that, you will be having this type of thought for the whole 5 years? You see? Change with us my friend, don’t remain behind!

mchisala
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mchisala

A president must inspire the citizenry to be their president otherwise he/she is just the president of the country!!!

Mwitere
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Chakwera has not given any policy directions which can propel Ministries into action. For example APM’s policy direction on community Colleges propelled ministry of labour to start construction of colleges all over. APM’s policy direction on ICT propelled Macra to construct telecentres all over. APM’s policy on rural electrification propelled escom to install Marep lines all over. APM’s policy direction on rural livelihood propelled Min of gender to start cash transfer. DPP’s policy direction on irrigation propelled Min of Agriculture to start Greenbelt . APM’s policy direction on youth empowerment propelled Min of Labour and Youths to start internship and… Read more »

Nambuma Girl
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Nambuma Girl

Koma APM anachitapo chiyani cholozeka pa zimene analonjeza? Mukati kuba ndalama za misonkho ya a Malawi nde number 1. Kukayankha mafunso ku Parliament gooo. Shame

hara
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hara

Anything on ground? dikirani kaye tigwire mbava and recover the money

James chibisa
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Cadet iwe wachabechabe. Show me who has benefited from the community colleges…. How many houses have been electrified?? U r part of the thieves that’s why u r chanting.

Charles
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Charles

There are always some remnants of DPP like Mwitere Mwitere who are still leaving in the past and are still praising the failed Peter Mutharika! Can’t you see that we did not elect Mutharika because he is a failure? Wake up and stop living in denial thereby stressing yourself. Accept the new president and believe he will be a good driver of this country. Forward and prosperity for Malawi under Chakwera.

Simposium
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Simposium

Cadet kubangula. Kodi amayamba ma policy instruction without cabinet dekhani bwana tikudziwa zikadakuwawani kuti munaluza koma fatsani

The SNIPER
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The SNIPER

Mawa, mukapange yanu inauguration ndipo mukalnkhule fundo, you have the right to do so! Kikkkkkkk ! If it was not that our judges were strong, we would have not been here! If it was not that HRDC was strong, we would have not been here!

Charlz
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Charlz

Just get to think about it. If APM did what you are talking about in the midst of widespread corruption and lawlessness How much will Chakwera do in a transparent and accountable government?
I know some people like you are afraid about their future because you have always gotten things through the back door. You better change mindset if you are survive in the new Malawi.

Onani
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Onani

Bwana ine ndikusapoteni pokhapa. Zoonadi ma youth a DPP anawasamalila powaika mu payroll ya Boma nkumalandila kill koma akugwila ntchito yachipani. Chimene anthu akufuna Pano nchakuti youth ya Malawi ipindule koma ili ntchito yodalilika osati zaumbandazi kapena kusokonekela kamba kosintha Boma.

Gabor
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Gabor

Like? Or for example 😉 mbombera university in mzimba🤔🙊😂

Mwana wa Anabanda Ku Joni
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Mwana wa Anabanda Ku Joni

Clap clap Mr President you are setting the right tone as a man of God and as a president

Mwini muzi
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We are looking forward to a better Malawi whereby: * for example no Indian or any politically connected Malawian gets a supply contract of police food rations for K3bn yet 100 Malawians could share this contract;:supply contracts of this nature should go to the masses, *a new legislation should be put in place to remove unnecessary restrictions for banks to lend money to small businesses, * reforms should not only target removing dead woods from government but also implement new systems with sophisticated risk controls, * small businesses should be assisted from incubation to full grown maturity, * domestic production… Read more »

2020 BOMA
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2020 BOMA

Mwinowe uli ndivuto kaya zako izo ife ndiye watilankhulura bwino sizija zanu zoti korona vayashi

Che Wanimiliyoni
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Che Wanimiliyoni

Good, powerful and short speech. I hope you live by your word. My only worry is why should you meet Leader Of Opposition (LOP) “personally every 3 months”. If the LOP is weak that will kill the opposition and democracy. Having a face off with the LOP in parliament is enough but not frequent and in private. The problem will be that the LOP will be tainted with the failed policies since govt will claim they consulted with the opposition. I have never heard Trump meeting Biden in private. Never. On another note please proDPP photo journalist go and take… Read more »

Mazira
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Mazira

Give Chakwera a chance to turn this nation around, do no follow him like a show, asaaaa

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