Drama at Malawi Parliament : Kalilani, Daud outshine each other

There was drama at Parliament on Thursday when parliamentarian for Dowa Central Dr. Jean Kalilani walked into the chamber donning a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) scarf, contrary to parliamentary regulations.

The development caused an uproar from Members of Parliament who proposed that the Dowa Central lawmaker should be thrown out of the august House.

Reacting to the development, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jones Chingola ruled that Kalilani should remove the scarf right away a thing which she never heeded, saying it was too cold for her to remove it.

This prompted some Ministers to refrain from answering questions demanding that Kalirani be thrown out.

 Kalilani: Came to Parliament in DPP scarf
Kalilani: Came to Parliament in DPP scarf

In reaction, some MPs started shouting at Kalilani and the Deputy Speaker who amidst confusion gave the second ruling where he asked the House to allow Kalilani remove the scarf during tea break which government bench vehemently opposed.

The Deputy Speaker then came with a third ruling where he requested Dr. Kalilani to go out and remove the scarf which Dowa Central legislator defied.

“May I ask Hon. Member for Dowa Central to remove the scarf, please as it contravenes the House’s regulations,” Chingola pronounced.

In reaction, MP for Dowa South East, Halima Daud went out and within few minutes she returned while cladding in People’s Party (PP) cloth.

The Deputy Speaker gave his final ruling where he ordered that Kalilani be taken out of the House a thing which she did.

In an interview, the Leader of the House Henry Phoya said what Kalirani did was very annoying considering the fact that she knows pretty well the rules of the House.

”What Kalirani did cannot be condoned. It was a deliberate act to provoke other members more especially from the government bench,” said Phoya.—Malawi News Agency

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