Kamlepo says Mutharika should face Malawi MPs grilling: HE questions style-session
Outspoken Rumphi East MP Kamlepo Kalua has renewed calls to grill President Peter Mutharika in parliament as part of accountability politics, saying he should oblige to the constitutional requirement.
Kalua told parliament that Mutharika should face His Excellency’s Question Time (HEQs) style-session of food situation and Malawi situation since holding the executive to account is one of the three responsibilities of parliament.
“According to Section 89 (4) of the Constitution which says ‘the President can appear before Parliament every Wednesday. This is backed up by Standing Orders 70 and 201. Can’t we, as a House, now ask the President, through you, Mr Speaker, Sir, for him to appear on a Wednesday to answer some of these questions as these are very important questions to the country?
“ Is it possible for the President to come here in person and answer some of the questions that are directed to him as Head of State and Government of the Republic of Malawi? ,” said Kalua.
Speaker of Parliament, Richard Msowoya said President Mutharika has never indicated to say he cannot come to Parliament.
“But there are conditions that our own Standing Orders and the Constitution have laid down for the President to come to this House. Firstly, he can come to answer questions which I have not seen you Honourable Members asking the President to come here to answer questions.
“Secondly, after delivering the State-of-the-Nation Address, the President can come to the House when there are questions for him to answer. Thirdly, he can also come to the House on a motion which will be carried by this House. None of those situations are available at the moment. Yet you are rising on a point of order to say, through the Speaker, you want to call the President. I will be calling him to do what? You are out of order,” said Speaker to Kalua
Kalua asked the Speaker to move a motion summoning Mutharika tfor question time grilling to be led by leader of opposition and MCP president Lazarous Chakwera.
Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale is on record saying Parliament should draft the agenda of the President answering questions from the lawmakers if it was necessary and invite the Head of State.
According to Section 89 (3) of the Constitution, the President is required to submit himself before Parliament without necessarily being invited by anyone as he does with the State of the Nation Address.
The call for HEQs have received backing from the civil society with Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) executive director Timothy Mtambo and rights campaigner Billy Mayaya, saying Mutharika should appear before Parliament.
Malawian professor of law based at the University of Cape Town, Danwood Chirwa, clarified that the President does not have to be called by Parliament to answer questions posed by MPs for the HEQs.
Chirwa said the President “is constitutionally obliged to appear before Parliament every year, immediately before the consideration of the budget, to do [the said] three related things.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
Whyy always apm?
supporting amp because he is from the south is being fulish,mmangoberekana ngactiagaru nominda yolima no xool,mukadadyabe Madeya,
Don’t even waste time that oldman has no answers to your questions. you will not get anything. after all do you want him to die like his brother. do you want Getrude to be widow?
Shwi mwana shwi
most of people here you’re tumbuka’s from north. So be quiet and respect your self. Every thing is oky here.we southern people will keep supporting mutharika what ever u want or not and you are just few nonsense. In the south when we graduate we go for busness while you from north you will suffer with low wage .
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There is need to treat this request with caution because it might cause the man to collapse with kadya ka kalisita and end up with looowa, loooowa, lowa tsopanotu. Mr. Speaker, Sir do not dare call this man to answer questions in person; we do not want to witness another state funeral.
thats a good move every wednesday(if am no mistaken) the british prime minister goes to parliament to answer questions and even clarify issues of national importance more over its the people who employed(APM) him to the presidency it will be very good for the people to hear the president address issues like the current hunger crisis e.t.c from him at the national assembly in person .it must not be an issue because it has come from kamlepo
Opposition is fighting the individual APM to take him down,Kamlepo can u just once comment on 10,000 recruited teachers pliz.Is it good for the nation or not.Kamlepo will rise up and say APM should resign for recruiting them.shame to Oppsition u boring now.
IWE juliana kanthiti…akutuma……? i bet u Kamlepo is the best MP we have ever elected in RUMPHI EAST Wether u like it or not…..he will maintain his seat……imagine Parliament without Kamlepo……….God bless Kamlepo, we all know everyone here commenting belongs to a certain party, I AM FROM RUMPHI EAST