The University of Malawi political science lecturer Dr Blessings Chinsinga has said the reluctance by lawmakers to adopt President Joyce Banda’s State of the Nation address that she made on February 8, shows that they were not convinced with the speech which they described as empty.
Adoption of a State of the Nation address is made by popular acclamation. But opposition legislators blocked an outright adoption of the address, a move that forced the Speaker to go into ‘division’, asking direct voting from each individual.
The reluctance though has no significant legal implications, is an embarrassment to the President as it borders on a vote of no confidence.
Chinsinga said: “It just shows that our MPs were not convinced State of the Nation address.”
The Chancellor College political science professor told a local radio: “Politically that does not bode well with the president.”
Since the start of deliberations in parliament on February 11, MPs, especially from the opposition, took turns in punching holes in President Banda’s speech describing it as political rhetoric, not inspiring and empty.
And the political scientist agreed that President Banda’s speech was “empty.”
He said: “The statement as far as I have read it, is quiet empty. It does not spell out quantitative strategies to bring back economy to normalcy.”
Chinsinga said the State of the Nation address was “out of tune with what is happening on the ground.”
President Banda’s speech was “not empathetic with what ordinary men and women are facing”, according to Chinsinga.