Member of Parliament for Lilongwe Mapuyu; Joseph Njobvuyalema represented Malawi in chairing this year’s Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF), which took place in Durban, South Africa.
Njobvuyalema, who is Malawi Congress Party (MCP) finance spokesman, is SADC-PF Deputy President. The forum’s chairman, who is Speaker of Tanzania Parliament failed to attend the meeting.
Speaking to journalists soon after arriving in Malawi, through Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe, Njovuyalema said the meeting was very successful and relevant to Malawi as a Government as a member state.
Njobvuyalema said the theme of the just ended conference was ‘Indoctrination of SADC member States with a view of integration.’
“During the meeting all delegates agreed to strengthen industrisation, now Malawi being the non industrised or light weight industrised country will learn a lot from other heavy industrialised countries like South Africa,” said Njobvuyalema.
Njobvuyalema said the delegates at the conference have also agreed to turn SADC-PF into real legislative body like ECOWAS “where we should be able to make laws which have cross-cutting interest.”
He said the proposed SADC Regional Parliament will only deal with regional matters and will in no way encroach on the sovereign jurisdiction of National Parliaments over their respective domestic legislative business.
“SADC PF would be transformed into a people-centred regional organization as opposed to the current general perception which views it more as an organization for the Executive,” Njobvuyalema said.
In Malawi the delegation composed of six MPs from both ruling and opposition parties.