Malawi’s opposition parliamentarian from the former ruling DPP Ted Salule Masangwi irked Minister of Justice and Attorney General Ralph Kasambara forcing the government minister to call his statement “careless, misguided and ill advised”.
Masangwi angered Kasambara and the entire government side during debate in Parliament where in his bid to discredit the new administration of President Joyce Banda, said government was selective in pursuing court cases to only deal with those who are in Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
He also said that President Banda left the DPP out to newly appointed Malawi Electoral Commission officials.
However, standing on a point of order Kasambara who is not an elected member but is in the House by virtue of his ministerial position, refuted that there was no such cases as involving DPP officials.
“It is out of order for the Honourable MP to present such careless, misguided and ill advised information to the people of Malawi,” said a visibly angry Kasambara.
Masangwi also had another point of order from Leader of the House Henry Phoya who corrected him on the assertion that there was no DPP representative in the electoral commission.
“For the record, DPP also presented names (of the nominees) and the President picked the names from there,” said Phony.
As Phoya was explaining Zimba Hora MP Christopher Ngwira agreed with Phoya shouting that the DPP actually has a representative.
DPP’s nominated representative in MEC is Reverend Archbishop Bernard Malango, the retired clergy of the Anglican Church who is also head of the Presidential Contact and Dialogue Group (PCDG) which was appointed by late President Bingu wa Mutharika.
Speaker of the National Assembly Henry Chimunthu Banda closed the debate on the MEC membership by also wondering how Masangwi raised the issue yet the DPP had a representation in the commission.