Kalinde House suspension case discontinued

Malawi’s Minister of Gender who is also MP for Thyolo north,  Anita Kalinde,  is now free to attend parliamentary proceedings following a mutual agreement with government to discontinue her “improper conduct” case in court.

Kalinde, who is now deputy leader of the house, was suspended for 30 days  after the then DPP strong member House for “shaking-up”  former minister of defence Aaron Sangala on November 24 after he alleged that her  former ‘husband’  late Marshall Mdukulira Mbwatalika, ‘The Dukes’ was involved in a body parts deal.

Sangala  made the remarks to fend off attacks from lawmakers who accused the then DPP government of having a hand in the death of Polytechnic Student Robert Chasowa.

Kalinde: Free to attend parliament

Spokesperson for Ministry of Justice, Apoche Itimu, confirmed the case on Kalinde “will no longer proceed.”

Itimu said: “It means that the parties have agreed not to proceed with the litigation through the courts but to end the case.”

During the case in Parliament,  Kalinde was not heard as required by natural justice.

Nkhotakota South MP Cassim Chilumpha who is now Minister of Energy said  the motion which was used by DPP to suspended Kalinde was “ a worse form of undermining the rule of law by a government.”

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