Fear grips DPP legislators over HRDC vigil: Speaker assures of security

Legislators for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have expressed fear that will not be comfortable with presence of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC)  in the wake of a planned vigil at parliament building in Lilongwe to force the legislators pass the Constitutional Court ordered electoral reforms laws.

Minister Ben Phiri  asked for ‘word of comfort’

HRDC claims some members of parliament have received money from the DPP to frustrate the passing of the Electoral Reforms Bills, including the 50-plus-one provision in choosing the country’s President, into law.

Minister of Local Government Ben Phiri could not answer questions from the legislators , saying the House was in turmoil. He said there was need for a “word of comfort” from the Speaker.

After Speaker had put the Minister on spot on the law that he was duty bound to answer questions, Phiri oblidged but the House erupted into cacophony of noise  from DPP lawmakers to frustrate the proceedings.

Speaker of the National Assembly Catherine Gotani Hara  assured that her office will provide security to parliamentarians.

The coalition plans a vigil at Parliament from Wednesday until legislators pass the Electoral Reforms Bill.

However, government through Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi said it will not provide security to Parliamentarians.

Among others, the February 3 2020 Constitutional Court ruling says the Republican Constitution provides for the 50+1 election system and ordered parliament to pass relevant laws.

The five-judge panel of the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court tasked Parliament to facilitate the review of the laws. The House tasked its Legal Affairs Committee and the Public Appointments Committee on some assignments.

Parliament hired retired Justice of Appeal judge Elton Mawina Singini and lawyers Allan Chinula and Arthur Nanthuru to draft the electoral bills with funding from USAID.

The Constitutional Court tasked Parliament to take appropriate legislative measures to ensure that:

  • The significance of the certainty which is brought by the fixing of the date of the general election under Section 67 (1) of the Constitution is preserved; and
  • Whoever is elected President of the Republic during the fresh election is allowed to serve the constitutionally prescribed five-year term.
  • The Public Appointments Committee of the National Assembly should, in terms of Section 75 (4) of the Constitution, inquire into the capacity and competence of the Electoral Commission’s current commissioners, to oversee the conduct of the fresh elections;
  • Parliament should take necessary amendment action in respect of Section 75 (1) of the Constitution so that the appointing authority of the chairperson of the Electoral Commission is clearly provided for; and that;
  • •  Parliament must, within 21 days from the date of the ruling, make appropriate provisions for the holding of the presidential run-off in the event that no single candidate secures the constitutional majority under Section 80 (2) of the Constitution as interpreted by the court.

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Selembo
Selembo
9 months ago

I thought HRDC and any body in Malawi has the right to go to Parliament?

Nambuma Girl
Nambuma Girl
9 months ago

Koma abale DPP ikundiseketsa kwambiri. I think anthuwa abalalika. They are now fearing everything. Mantha ndi Mtambo, mantha ndi ma alliance, mantha ndi ma Judge, kuzunguzika mpaka kulichita ma Demo dziko lawo lomwe, akuti matching against the court ruling. Chonde anthu ozitsatanu taithandizani DPP to come back to its senses. I fear we might lose some of these people with BP, Cardiac Arrest and many more pressures.

Chingaipe
Chingaipe
9 months ago
Reply to  Nambuma Girl

Fear of losing them? hahahahah we have lost lives of many innocent Malawians because of their behaviour .. No tear shed for them .. Sanatiiiiii

MTUMBUKA WENIWENI
MTUMBUKA WENIWENI
9 months ago

HRDC mwadupha malire i can see now your days are numbered

Central
Central
9 months ago

Cadet wachabechabe iwe! Malire amenewo analemba ndani? Achitsiru awansoooooooooooooooooo

The one
The one
9 months ago

iweso cadet your days are numbered moti sukuwona??

Gerund
9 months ago

I thought Mr ben phiri has a PhD? Jerusalem Bible College!

mary banda
mary banda
9 months ago
Reply to  Gerund

kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk, Jerusalem Bible College anakonzaaaaaaaaa

Chilungamo Nchabwino
Chilungamo Nchabwino
9 months ago

Any MP that votes against these reforms is not a Malawian and not qualified to represent Malawians. My children are 1/4 Chewa, 1/4 Yao, 1/4 Tumbuka and 1/4 Tonga. We need to overcome these petty tribal politics.

Lost Coin
Lost Coin
9 months ago

these HRDC guys are now going overboard. How can a few ordinary individuals hold at ransom the whole nation of over 18 million people like this? These guys cause me to be annoyed with our opposition parties coz they are the ones they are working for just to distabilise peace

Central
Central
9 months ago
Reply to  Lost Coin

Moti anthu amasonkhana ku mademo aja in all the cities and towns of Malawi, basi kwa iweyo they are ‘a few’ and not merely ‘a few’ but ‘ordinary’ individuals!! Zoooooooooooona? Do you know that when you talk of 18 million people, the demonstrators are counted and are a fraction and or part of the so called 18 million people you are talking of? Iweyo, ndikuti iweyo usanati ukhale pheeeeeeeeee umva painiiiiii heavy iweyo chaka chino cha 2020!! Zokubazo mupeze kokabisa chifukwa tithana nanu chaka chake chinooooooooooooooooooooooo! Ndatitu chaka chino ndipo mwa dzina lako lomwelo (Lost Coin), you will loose more… Read more »

Malawi belong to the citizens

HRDC make sure Kut apange pass Malamulowo, other wise akapanda dutsa malamulo atsopanowa,muchite nawo kwakuya akumangolandira ndalama zamisonkho yawanthu.We want Malawi to develop and prosper too.MPs do the right thing as court directed.50+1 law lidutse.

Amjiba
Amjiba
9 months ago

Its not yet over. Constitutional amendments require 2/3 majority which is is a huge mountain to climb. So let’s wait tommorow. The bills are likely to be shot down as the opposition combined do not make 2/3 majority in parliament.

KENT
KENT
9 months ago

The guilty are always afraid!

Kapoli
Kapoli
9 months ago
Reply to  KENT

@KENT, Sounds like a James Hardly Chase book title! Kkkkkk. Ever read Chase’s book: “You Find Him, I’ll Fix Him “?👍

Nsikidzi
Nsikidzi
9 months ago
Reply to  Kapoli

I don’t think this crop is reading anymore Kapoli…kkkkkkk

katayeni chitutu
katayeni chitutu
9 months ago

thieves,busy kutenga ndalama za misonkho yathu kumagulira ma MP kuti azipanga zopusa

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