DPP to chair 6 committees of parliament which were led by MCP

The new main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  will take the leadership of six  of the 20 parliamentary committees including the crucial Budget and Finance, Public Accounts and Public Appointments and Declaration of Assets.

Opposition MPs Kondwani Nankhumwa captured with Joseph Mwanamvekha in the Chamber-pic by Lisa Kadango

Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara announced that there will be  change chairmanship of six constitutional committees which does not allow members of the government side to chair.

According to Standing Orders of  Parliament adopted last Noember, constitutionally established committees such as Legal Affairs, Public Appointments and Declaration of Assets, Public Accounts, Defence and Security and Budget and Finance are supposed to be chaired by opposition MPs for effective checks and balances.

Other committees  of Parliament include Media and Communications, Social Welfare, HIV and Aids, Education, Natural Resources and Local Government and Decentralisation.

DPP has been pushed to opposition after its party leader Peter Mutharika lost by a 20-point margin in the June 23 presidential race to Tonse Alliance torchbearer Lazarus Chakwera, who has become the Head of State.

Leader of Opposition in Parliament title has also gone to DPP with Kondwani Nankhumwa holding it  as the  new face of DPP.

Nankhumwa has since  urged party supporters to accept the fresh presidential election results and move forward.

Political scientist Master Dicks Mfune from Chancellor College—a constituent college of the University of Malawi (Unima)—said  DPP must position the party for the post-Mutharika era.

Initially, the DPP won 62 seats during the May 21 2019 parliamentary election, but the High Court nullified three of its seats—Phalombe North East, Mangochi West and Mangochi North East—due to irregularities, thus decreasing its number to 59.

Tonse Alliance has the 55 MPs from Malawi Congress Party (MCP), five for Peoples Party (PP), four from UTM and Alliance for Democracy (Aford)’s one legislator Yeremiah Chihana.

However, the Tonse Alliance also has a bonus of independents .

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Since we Malawians all agree that CORRUPTION is a dangerous scourge ( akin to Corvid-19 ?) in our society, it would be proper to establish a constitutional committee of parliament to oversee all matters concerning corruption. The committee would be chaired by the opposition and the ACB would report direct to it. All candidates for the post of ACB Director would be interviewed by a combination of members of the Legal Affairs, Public Appointments, and the Anti-Corruption Committee. This would ensure that the ACB is not influenced by the executive arm of government in its operations as is apparently the… Read more »

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