Malawi Parliament bans cultural regalia in House

Member of Parliament in Malawi have been reminded on dress code s provided under Parliamentary Standing Order 104(c) that hat wearing nthini ot any other cultural regalia is not allowed in the august House.

Katsonga: I am an Impi need to wear my Ngoni head gear

Speaker Richard Msowoya said this in the House communicating a court ruling on the matter.

“In the ruling, the court observed that Parliament , under Section 56 (1) of the Constitution, is entitled to regulate its own procedures as long as it stays withing its powers and the decision made was constitutional. Therefore, members have to comply with the rules that regulate the internal, proceedings of the House,” he said.

The court action followed after Mwanza Central member of Parliament (MP) Davies Katsonga (Democratic Progressive Party-DPP) was evicted from the House last meeting by Second Deputy Speaker Clement Chiwaya after wearing Ngoni headgear .

Katsonga, himself a former Speaker of Parliament, argued he was entitled to wear such regalia as it portrays his prominence in his Ngoni tribe where he is counsel to Inkosi ya Makosi Gomani V.

According to Speaker Msowoya, all MPs should observe drss code stated under Standing Orders.

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