Members of the Women Caucus who abandoned a workshop despite being paid full allowances risks being arrested on Friday morning after they agreed to stage a demonstration to present petitions without Police permission.
Members of the Committee arrived at National Assembly building around 4pm from Mangochi where they stopped a SADC meeting and opted to still go ahead with a demonstration on Friday morning.
“It will be a very interesting case as DPP officials like Patricia Kaliati, Agnes Penimulungu, Jean Kalirani, Otilia Jere and Vera Flamenga were among those that spoke in Parliament in support of the Police act which Malawians protested. If they demonstrate illegally they will be arrested using their own laws,” said a Parliamentary official.
Kaliati and Cecelia Chazama addressed the DPP dominated caucus and insisted that despite the return of beds at Mponela Rural Hospital by the Ministry of Health, they will still demonstrate to present their petition.
Chazama in a late night interview confirmed plans to demonstrate saying she will obtain the permission in the morning.
Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jones Chingola refused also to comment if the women MPs have special privilege to demonstrate without providing the District Commissioner and Police 48 hours notice.
“They have their own spokeperson who can tell you whether they are staging a legal or an
illegal demonstration,” said Chingola.