FND calls for Speaker Msowoya to resign  over Section 65

Forum for National Development (FND) which is reportedly being bankrolled by the State machinery, has asked Speaker of Malawi’s National Assembly Richard Msowoya to resign within seven days, saying he has lost legal authority to apply section 65 (1) of the country’s constitution which prohibits Members of Parliament (MPs) from crossing the floor.

Msowoya asked to resign as Speaker for joining UTM

FND leaders addressing a news conference in Lilongwe

FND National Coordinator Fryson Chozi, Chairperson Bright Kampawundi and a concerned citizen Philip Kamangira told reporters  in Lilongwe on Tuesday that theywant Speaker to resign.

Msowoya has joined the United Transformation Movement (UTM), a new political grouping being led by  State  Vice President Saulos Chilima.

A horde of legislators have followed Msowoya to UTM, making the movement one of the huge forces to reckon with ahead of Malawi’s 2019 tripartite elections.

Section 65 (1) reads, “The Speaker shall declare vacant the seat of any member of thegroupingl Assembly who was, at the time of his or her election, a member of one political party represented in the National Assembly, other than by that member alone but who has voluntarily ceased to be a member of that party or has joined another political party represented in the National Assembly, or has joined any other political party, or association or organization whose objectives or activities are political in nature”.

According to the State sponsored activist, by voluntarily resigning from MCP and joining UTM, Msowoya has crossed the floor which is a violation of section 65 (1).

“The million dollar question is, how would the Speaker judge against himself in a matter he is equally a culprit? He must resign to pave the way for either the First Deputy Speaker or Second Deputy Speaker or any independent person to declare his seat and those of the other MPs vacant for defying the law,” noted Kamangira.

The three said if Msowoya does not resign, they will organize citizens to take action considering that Msowoya’s action has put the office of the Speaker into disrepute.

There has been no immediate comment from Msowoya or his office.

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Panganani
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This FND is IGNORANT.UTM is a movement and not represented in Parliament as a party. As such, Section 65 does not apply. This is just like Kampaundi’s wife joining banki mkhonde. If she was a parliamentarian, she cannot be asked to resign.

MUMWA NDULU YANGONA BABA!-CHAKA CHAKE NDI CHINO

LEGO
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Which section 65 are these stupid namby pambies Fryson Chonzi and co talking about here?Why are they not talking about Mzomera Ngwira?What about the other Independent MPs who have crossed the floor to join DPP?If you have been given money to talk or hold the press on behalf of DPP then you are wasting your time.

chimbano
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chimbano

Kodi a Chonzi musatikose apa. You failed to run an NGO called CAYO at Kawale 1 and you are here making noise ngati wa nzeru. Mukutichitsa manyazi ndi umbuli wanuwu.

Mwananyanian
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Mwananyanian

Msowoya cannot continue to hold the Office of Speaker in all honesty, and with honor after he joined United Transport (Mw).
The issue is also about integrity, and not only politics or the Law.
He should find something else to busy himself with. Kukonda ma salary basi, that’s all Malawi politicians are good at.

Wokwiya
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Wokwiya

INU A KAMPAWUNDI NDI FND YANUYO TAZINGOTAFUTANI NDALAMA ZA MISONGO YATHU MWAKACHETETE APA. LETS YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT LATE BINGU A LOMWE ALREADY SET THE PRECEDENCE BY DAMPING UDF AND TCHEYA WHO HANDPICKED HIM FROM………DO YOU WANT TO VICTIMIZE RICHARD MSOWOYA BECAUSE HE IS FROM THE NORTH. BE REMINDED THAT THE TAX MONEY YOU ARE CHEWING IS FOR ALL OF US MALAWIANS.SHUT UP!!!!!!!!

mark
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mark

THIS MSOWOYA IS NOT A POLITICAL MAGNET…. BUT HE IS RATHER A FRUSTRATED POLITICIAN…

M'malawi Okonda Mtendere (MOM)
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There is no reason kuti Msowoya apange resign, if Malawi’s former president Prof. Bingu wa Mutharika (May his soul continue resting in peace) and all the MPs sanapange resign after dumping UDF (The party that ushered them into power), so why should he resign? Zisamakome mbuzi kugunda galu. Pezani zina zochita ndi kagulu Manuka.

ndele
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ndele

akutumanio akupwetesani tazionani mitu ngati ambuyao. milomo yofiila ndi ma ARV.MXIIIII
section 65 yabwera posacedwa? yes the man can be a goofy enawa kale lose lija tinawamba kwaapatsa masiku kuti atule pansi maudindo .satula eh bwa??? musatinyasepo apa.
JB Anatula pasi udindo wa u VP????????????????????? mungoti saulosi. osaopzana apa nyoooooooooooooooooooooooo

nyoko
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nyoko

He made 50 +1 bill fail .He was cheated by DPP . by receiving part payment to make this bill fail.Dpp is
not ownering his balance .This has made him furious and wants to impeach the president.Now ,please wise Malawians,
itis time for both MCP and DPP to gang and make him go.This is a total breach of laws by the head of parliament.It like a teacher impregneting a pupil in his own class

Mashati
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Mashati

Unfortunately FND lost its moral values long time ago and many Malawians do not take them seriously. They don’t have moral grounds to challenge Msowoya.

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