President Joyce Banda will bring to Parliament a bill for debate and decision on whether the independence national flag could be reinstated to replace the current one.
The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Government of the late President Bingu wa Mutharika changed the national flag in 2010 amid public protestation.
Officially opening the 2012/2013, President Banda – People’s Party – told a jam-packed New Parliament Building in the Capital City that this decision has been arrived at upon observing that the process to change to the present flag did not involve adequate national consultation and participation by Malawians.
“In the opinion of the Cabinet, there was no compelling reason for changing the independence flag. The Minister of Justice will present the bill to this august House during this meeting of Parliament,” said President Banda amid deafening handclapping and applause.
The Head of State also indicated that the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2012, which seeks to provide for the holding of Tripartite Elections and is already before the House, would also be considered soon.
“In the 2012/2013 fiscal year, Government will start conducting civic education in readiness for the 2014 tripartite elections and build capacity of Civil Society Organisations to enable them adequately deliver governance and human rights programmes,” disclosed the Head of State.
On another note, the President said her Government would strengthen institutions that enforce and promote human rights, accountability in governance issues and access to justice like the Office of the Ombudsman, Malawi Human Rights Commission, the Law Commission and the Malawi Electoral Commission.
“In the coming fiscal year, Government will remain committed to the fight against corruption. We will concentrate on areas of corruption prevention, public education, investigations and prosecution in our quest to achieve a corrupt-free society,” she said.