Malawi Parliament on marathon race to pass bills

Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya has said members of parliament will on Wednesday meet from morning not in the afternoon as is tradition on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Speaker Richard Msowoya: Race against time
Speaker Richard Msowoya: Race against time

He said the Business Committee, the political leadership of the House agreed to waive the Standing Orders so that the House meets from morning to finish all business parliament lined up for this meeting.

Parliament is expected to rise on Friday after a week long extension.

In addition, he said, Thursday will be government business day not private members day as is the tradition.

He said this will enable the government dispose off all remaining business.

Leader of the House George Chaponda said there are many bills which need to be tackled before parliament rises which include the Access to Information bill and several land bills among others.

The one week extension of parliament has cost the government unbudgetted K67.5 million in allowances for the 193 legislators who get a whopping K50000 per day each in addition to the K1.5 million basic salary.

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