MCP to choose another leader of opposition among its membership – Parliament

Clerk of Parliament Fiona Kalemba says the National Assembly will ask the main opposition, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) to appoint another leader of opposition ahead of  the Mid-Year Budget Review Meeting of the National Assembly which traditionally takes place from mid-February.

MCP parliamentarians consulting who to choose as leader

This follows the decision by Lazarus Chakwera to resign as Leader of Opposition in the 193 strong House as well as memberof parliament to comply with a law as he is contesting in presidential election.

Section 80 (7)(e) of the Constitution reads: “No person shall be eligible for nomination as a candidate for election as President or First Vice-President or for appointment as First-Vice President or Second Vice-President if that person is a holder of a public office or a member of Parliament unless that person first resigns.”

Clerk of Parliament said MCP will be asked to elect another leader among its membership in the House as a replacement.

“His resignation will not affect the meeting of parliament because the National Assembly will ask the MCP to choose another leader of parliament,” she said.

The position of leader of opposition is critical as the holder is a crucial member of the Business Committee which sets out business to be discussed in the National Assembly.

President Peter Mutharika is yet to nod for a meeting of parliament for midyear budget review when the legislators are supposed to scrutinise how the government has used the K1.3 trillion national budget for the past six months since it was passed.

During the meeting, Gondwe is expected to explain how he will balance the 2018/19 National Budget following the withdrawal of a K60 billion budgetary support pledge by the World Bank.

The minister also owes Malawians an explanation on over-expenditure by about 80 percent of entities such as State Residences, Malawi Police Services and Malawi Defence Force.

This cohort of parliament will stand dissolved on March 20 at the end of its five-year lifespan to pave the way for the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Chakwera faces stiff competition from President Peter Mutharika and vice president Saulos Chilima in the presidential race according political analysts.

 

 

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AMOSI
AMOSI
2 years ago

To me MCP is the only democratic party in Malawi…. I hope the MCP NEC will make clear Observations

Morgan
2 years ago

MCP should give the mantle to either Jacob hara or sitolo. Move away from the central region. MCP is a national party, prove it to the nation. We are not like DPP which believe a northerner can’t lead.

Ndangodutsamo
Ndangodutsamo
2 years ago

Its just leader of opposition for one session only no need to fuss.

Chikomeni
Chikomeni
2 years ago

Not Lunguzi. The better choice would be Kusamba Dzonzi or Njovuyalema (as a befitting farewell)

Ecclesia
Ecclesia
2 years ago

Lets be Gender sensitive here. Juliana Lunguzi can ably take that post. She can consult whenever she has problems. Try that lady MCP and she will deliver…..

Nyankhoma
Nyankhoma
2 years ago
Reply to  Ecclesia

True. Please our MCP MPs let mzimai Juliana take the seat. Tikukupemphani mogwada. Chonde.

oMachemba
oMachemba
2 years ago
Reply to  Nyankhoma

@Nyankhoma
Ngakhale upemphe motere sizitheka apa. Kodi sukuidziwa MCP eti?
Kagwade kuchile iwe. Zako zimenezo.

Kaitano
Kaitano
2 years ago

Who is facing stiff competition between Chakwera and Peter with his Son Chilima?, anatero Peter kuti Chilima ndi mwana wake, siyine ayi.

Kampa
Kampa
2 years ago

So, Lunguzi is the front runner

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