Mchinji North East member of Parliament (MP) Alex Chitete (Malawi Congress Party –MCP) courted controversy in Parliament when he referred Malawi as “hell” and not its standing as the Warm Heart of Africa.
The country markets itself as the Warm Heart of Africa but it has been subject of depressing news such as rampant corruption; attacks on people with albinism; indifferent public protectors; worsening poverty electricity blackouts; and numerous girls marrying too young.
Chitete told the House that Malawi is now “a hell” of a country.
“I want to ask this august House if Malawi is still the Warm Heart of Africa? I suppose this House will say no, Malawi is now a hell of Africa,” said Chitete.
But Karonga North MP Vincent Ghambi stood on a point of order to querry the statement.
First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka-Chilenje said the legislator should take note that “Malawi is the Warm Heart of Africa. Malawi is not a hell of Africa.”
Chitete, however, insisted to give a definition of a hell.
“A hell by definition is unholy place where persistent darkness is perpetually normal. (So, what is the difference between Malawi and hell?,” he said attracting laugher from members.
The First Deputy Speaker: I already made a ruling on that one. Point of order, Honourable Member for Blantyre West.
Blantyre West MP Peter Kumpalume added his voice to the issues , he said: “We have grown up as Christians and what we know is that those people that do bad things will burn in hell.
“Now the Honourable Member for Mchinji North East is bringing in new teachings in this House, saying that there is darkness and not fire in hell. Madam First Deputy Speaker, which is which?”
In her comment, Chilenje said that is “biblical and spiritual” and she had ruled Chitete out of order.
“Everybody knows that Malawi is a peaceful country and it is the Warm Heart of Africa. That is what we are known by everywhere on earth. So we cannot change the slogan for Malawi in this House. Malawi is the Warm Heart of Africa,” said the first deputy speaker.
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