DPP says Speaker’s impeachment manoeuvres cannot be ruled out

After Nyasa Times first reported about the alleged plans by the ruling Democratic Progress Party (DPP) with the support of its parliamentary coalition partners United Democratic Front ( UDF) to impeach Speaker of National Assembly, Richard Msowoya, Leader of Government in the House Francis Kasaila has warned that the impeachment couldn’t be ruled out.

Speaker of National Assembly Richard Msowoya with President Mutharika

Speaker of National Assembly Richard Msowoya with President Mutharika

Msowoya faces impeachment over his alleged bias in the handling of the petition by a civil society leader to declare vacant seats of 11 UDF members of Parliament (MPs) who moved to the government benches in Parliament.

Kasaila, who is also DPP spokesman and was defeated by Msowoya in the election of the Speaker, has cautioned that impeachment could not be ruled out “if the Speaker steps on people’s toes”.

He issued a stern warning to the Speaker on his decisions.

“The Speaker should tread carefully in coming up with decisions or rulings on matters pertaining to the National Assembly,” said Kasaila as quoted by Weekend Nation.

Msowoya has said is aware of the plot to impeach him but downplayed it as “just a rumour”.

The impeachment issue is said to have been discussed at the two caucuses DPP held jointly UDF in Lilongwe this month.

MP Lucius Banda (Balaka North) was the only UDF member who declined to move to the government side.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has strongly condemned efforts being made to try and impeach the Speaker.

MCP lawmaker Joseph Njobvuyalema said the scheme will not succeed as DPP/UDF parliamentary alliance “does not have the numerical strength” to move an impeachment motion.

According to the procedures in the Standing Orders, the mover of an impeachment motion must ascertain that about one third of all 193 members should endorse, or sign, that petition which will be given to the concerned Speaker.

In addition, the concerned Speaker shall be entitled to be heard in his defence, within 14 days when the House is sitting either by himself or through a legal representative.

The petition must also state in clear terms the specific charges which the Speaker is allegedly to have violated and, according to the Standing Orders, the motion must be adopted within 14 days after the notice.

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zeni_zeni
Guest

Dont impeach Him because whatever he is doing is constitutional. The UDF mps who have crossed the floors their seats should be declared vacant according to sexion 65.

Nana
Guest

UDF check it out the DPP z masterminding all the planS to hv yo seats declared vacant so that in rerun yo seats will b taken by them dont forget maxon mbendera will just cry then announce that all the seats hv bn won by mbwiye I salute Sir Lucius Banda!!!

box13 bilila NU
Guest

UDF is the mother of DPP, therefore they are all thieves

mulopwana
Guest

why don’t you impeach pitala?zopusa basi……………..

Dan
Guest

These monrels must go and be declared as they have already pronounced by their decision to quit

ackson Ziba
Guest

Kusowa kwa chitema mchalo chakwithu
,

Omex70
Guest

Stupid DDP. Your stupid plan will not take you anywhere.

Daviekambalame
Guest

Nonsense m’malo moona mavuto adzokomo mumalimbana ndi zopusa,koma mavuto Ali thooooo eshhhhh y always u pipo

clement
Guest

Chitukuko cha DPP. 1. Kukweza misonkho ya ku Road Traffic ndi 1000%. 2. Kukweza passport from k15000 to k45000. 3. Kuthesa mowa wa ma sacheti. 4. Kupereka ma envelopi kwa atolankhani. 5. Wina apitilize…

pasipanadya
Guest

Impeach nde kuti chain. Usawi , chichi?

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