Chimunthu releases book: Malawi Parliament- Origins, Reforms and Procedures

Speaker Henry Chimunthu Banda has finalised work on his first book, Malawi Parliament: Origins, Reforms and Procedures, due for publication this month-end, Nyasa Times can exclusively reveal.

Both Banda – who recently announced retirement from active politics – and Pan Africa Publishers Company’s executive director Shadreck Chikoti confirmed the development to Nyasa Times.

“The book is about the Malawi parliament since 1907,” said Banda. “It’s is a mixed bag – comprising both the serious and lighter sides of the House.”

Speaker Chimunthu Banda:  Releases book
Speaker Chimunthu Banda: Releases book

Local media were recently publishing speculations that People’s Party (PP) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidates would pick the Nkhota-kota Central legislator as their progressive running mate.

But Banda said his announcing on retiring from politics wasn’t out of the blues.

“I said I would be writing,” he said, adding that “this is one of the many books I’ll publish between now and 2019.”

He said the book is an ideal resource for journalists, sitting and would-be legislators.

Described as one of the most disciplined politicians in the country, Banda revealed that 600 copies will be printed this month-end by Pan Africa Publishers.

Chikoti hailed Banda’s book saying it’s one of its kind in the country.

“It is a well researched book and one which has an in depth narration and analysis of how our parliament works.

“Malawi has waited for a very long time to have such a text and Hon Chimunthu Banda needs to be recommended very highly for taking this upon himself,” said Chikoti.

He added: “We at Pan African Publishers are privileged to be the ones publishing a book of such eminence in terms of subject, and we encourage other Malawians to help in the documentation of our histories, our lives, so that we preserve such matters of our history.”

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