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.
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :