Malawi ministerial absenteeism in Parliament queried

A chronic ministerial absenteeism in Malawi parliament ruffled some feathers in the National Assembly after an opposition lawmaker raised the issue.

Nkhata Bay Central parliamentarian Symon Vuwa Kaunda rising on a point of order queried why there is a chronic absenteeism of some ministers in the legislative body.

At the time, Kaunda noted that “out of a cabinet of 21 full ministers, 13 are absent, only seven are in the Chamber.”

But First Deputy Speaker Jones Chingola ruled Kaunda out of order.

He questioned: “Are you sure I am out of Order?”

Vuwa Kuanda: Are you sure I am our of order?
Vuwa Kuanda: Are you sure I am our of order?

Most ministers were reportedly part of the presidential entrouge in China.

But on Monday Minister of Justice Ralph Kasambara expressed concern that opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) were boycotting Parliamentary deliberations.

On Tuesday Leader of the House in parliament, Henry Phoya said opposition lawmakers were absent on the day that they will be presenting their questions in the House

Phoya appealed to lawmakers to attend all sessions and engage in legislative work diligently.

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