Experts applaud Malawi parliament for electing women as speakers: Chief Justice urges for consultations

A political scientist and gender activist have applauded new cohorts of Malawi parliament for electing women as speaker and deputy speaker respectively.

Gotani Hara elected Speaker
Madam Speaker: Catherine Gotani Hara

Augustine Magolowondo, a political scientist at Chancellor College, a constituent of the University of Malawi said it is now time for the women to show that they can deliver.

“This is now the time for the Speaker Right Honourable Catherane Gotani Hara and second deputy speaker Honourable Aisha Mambo-Adam to show that they can work like men because they are now role models to other women,” said Magolowondo.

Gotani Hara, a Malawi Congress Party (MCP) legislator, was elected Speaker of the National Assembly, the first women to hold such a position in the history of the country after beating Esther Mcheka-Chilenje of ruling Democrtaic Progressive Party (DPP). Chilenje was forst deputy speaker in the previous House.

Viwemi Chavula, coordinator of 50:50 Campaign said this was a good start to put women in decision making positions.

“We expect more of such appointments and elections of women in decision making decisions, in boards or companies,” said Chavula.

However, the election of Hara and Adams has been overshadowed by the decision by President Peter Mutharika to hire only five women in the 24-member cabinet.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda, who administred the oath of the new Speaker and new deputies,  has urged new Members of Parliament to take their responsibilities seriously and not let down the people who elected them.

“At every level, you must consult the nation, without which laws that come out will remain dead. Everything you present in the house must be in consultation with the constituents that brought you here

“Some that voted for you, followed you here to confirm you are a member of Parliament, please dont let those people down,” he said.

Gotani Hara has since promised to be fair to all in her leadership of the legislative arm of government.


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Wm Shakespeare
Wm Shakespeare
3 years ago

It’s not every day that we have an opportunity to see someone wearing one wig on top of another.

Jonathan gwaza
3 years ago

Congrats Catherine. Please dont be like the other one. The madando fame eeeeeish!!!

3 years ago

Please advise her not to be like Jane Ansah, SC who has brought Malawi at crossroads

3 years ago
Reply to  chimanga

Mayi wa madando uja wabaya mitima ya a Malawi ambiri. Hon Catherine Gotani, guide your fellow MPs to make legislations that will benefit Malawians and the future generations.

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