Malawi Speaker cautions lawmakers against foul-mouthing when debating

Speaker of the National Assembly Henry Chimunthu Banda has counseled Members of Parliament (MPs) against using un parliamentary language when debating in the House.

Chimunthu Banda in the House on Wednesday that it is inappropriate for MPs to label others names, adding that no parliamentarian should judge others because they are all members in good standing.

The Speaker’s guidance comes in the wake of Chikhwawa West MP who called other honourbale members as “corpses” in reaction to Deputy Minister of Environment and Climate Change Management, Godfrey Kamanya refering to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as a disease that would have killed Malawians.

Leader of the House, Henry Dama Phoya (HDP) expressed sadness with the level of debate and hurling of insults by lawmakers instead of debating constructively.

Speaker Chimunthu Banda
Speaker Chimunthu Banda

“I fear for the future of this sitting at the rate we are going,” said Phoya.

Speaker concurred with Phoya, saying the legislator was wrong to use words ‘corpse’, saying it was not in good faith.

“Two wrongs shall never make a right,” said Chimunthu.

“We may disagree, we may not subscribe to certain issues but the dignity of this house has to be maintained,” counseled the Speaker, a known strict disciplinarian.

“There ought to be a language that should show that we are indeed an honourable house,” he pointed out.

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