Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs says the High Court in Mzuzu has set December 18 to rule on whether Fiona Kalemba will be parliament’s clerk of parliament or not.
The ministry spokesperson Apoche Itimu confirmed that the ruling on the matter will be handed down by Judge Dingiswayo Madise of Mzuzu High Court next Friday, December 18 after state lawyers and lawyers for the four MPs battled it out legally last week following a court injunction that restrains Kalemba from being sworn in.
Itimu said the judge refused to vacate the injunction last week until this coming Tuesday before making his determination next Friday.
The four legislators Harry Mkandawire, Enoch Chihana, Kamlepo Kalua and Peter Chakwantha say Kalemba is not qualified to be clerk of parliament because she came third in parliamentary interviews which the parliamentary service commission conducted under the chairmanship of speaker Richard Msowoya.
Judge Charles Mkandawire is said to have come first in the interviews.
The law provides that parliament should provide three names for the clerk of parliament candidacy to the President who will in turn appoint one name out of the three.
President Peter Mutharila recently dismissed accusations that he appointed Kalemba because of nepotism or tribalism saying he does not even know where she comes from but the appointment was done on merit. Kalemba comes from Kasungu.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :