Covid-19 spike forces Malawi parliament to postpone Mid-Year Budget meeting to Feb 22

Officials from parliament say the National Assembly has postponed the mid-year budget review meeting  scheduled for February 8 to February 22 due to rising Covid-19 cases.

Speaker Gotani Hara: Budget Review meeting moved to February 22

Covid-19 has claimed lives of two cabinet ministers and two members of parliament, among the 600 Malawians who have died due to the infection.

Initially, parliament was set to meet from February 8 to March 11 for the mid-year budget review meeting.

Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara and Ian Mwenye parliament spokesperson confirmed that following the Bussiness Committee’s meeting on Monday, the meeting has been pushed to February 22 to allow the National Assembly monitor the Covid-19 situation.

“It’s a postponed for two weeks. We still need to ensure we fulfil the constitutional duty while ensuring the security and safety measurers which is paramount,” said Gotani Hara.

Some section of society are calling on parliament to arrange for a virtual meeting of parliament instead of physical meeting which exposes the parliamentarians to Covid-19.

However, some legislators are objecting to this because virtual meeting will force parliament not to pay the legislators K50,000 a day sitting allowance.

 

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Nabetha
Nabetha
4 months ago

GOING VIRTUAL IS THE WAY…..PLS DON’T COVER OUR OPEN EYES WITH YOUR FAKE VEIL MW PARLIAMENT. Let your allowances go to beef up the funding to relieving effects of covid 19 or let it pay for the women who were on the streets to ask for support Aaaaaahhhhhh 🙆‍♂️🙆‍♂️🙆‍♂️🙆‍♂️🙆‍♂️🙆‍♂️🙆‍♂️ . The women need to exist and feed their families. I REST MY CASE🐒

Dadada
Dadada
4 months ago

Everyone is going virtual why not you? If you are serious about running this country.

Guest
Guest
4 months ago
Reply to  Dadada

Was looking for such comment. I agree, they should go ahead with virtual meetings.

Ndafera Nkhande
Ndafera Nkhande
4 months ago

Tsano muganiza kuti by February 22 covid ikhala itatha? Taneneni zonveka apa mwina funding yavuta nanga malawansi achoka kuti.February wuni akutha covid ili pa indeinde musadzinamize anthu okonda mankwabidi inu.

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