Minister Dausi faults MP for ‘misplaced pronouns’ in Parliament: MCP’s Dimba calls Malawi a ‘kakistocracy’

Known for his high-sounding English phrases,  Minister of Information and Communication Technology Nicholous Dausi stood on a point of order in Parliament, not concerned over use of unparliamentary words but  what he called misplaced pronouns and adjectives by Lilongwe South member of Parliament (MP) Peter Dimba(Malawi Congress Party-MCP).

Dimba: We have so many kleptomaniacs in the system

Dausi: The MCP MP mediocratically lied

Dimba in his remarks called Malawi a “kakistocracy”  –  a system of government which is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens.

Dimba accused Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of  going around the cities promising a lot of things and laying foundation stones here and there.

He said: “ We have so many kleptomaniacs in the system, what happens is that these people just take care of their bellies. They do not consider our country. As long as everything is okay with them, that is alright. Those that are supposed to make major decisions for us to move forward as a country, to transform our economy are okay when their pockets are okay. They do not love this country that is the challenge we have.”

Rising on a point of order,  Dausi with his long-winded style  aid Dimba was “erroneously” using  adjectives and misplaced pronoun.

“ For example, I think he has mediocratically lied that the laid stones are going through metamorphosis. Is it in order that metamorphosis is a process which a stone can go through?  Secondly, he said we are in an autocracy. I think when you read some words in English, sometimes it is better to use them properly because it has shown that you are not only an ignoramus but you do not know what you are doing,” Dausi said.

Mulanje Bale MP Victor Musowa (DPP) also stood to say an extension on the use of adjectives sometimes is insulting.

Musowa said Dimba used  used an objectionable word   ‘kleptomaniac’.

“I just want to have your indulgence, is it parliamentary?  The term kleptomaniac,  Mr Speaker, Sir, I think the Honourable Member know I am a little academician and I have done my papers well.  I have done my research and I can define it,” Musowa said.

This prompted Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya to observe that the members themselves should observe self restrain on using objectionable words .

“ I found that word, kleptomaniac, to be making some sort of an inference. Because he talked of systems, it could be this legislature, because we are part of government. It could the Executive or Judiciary. These are arms of government.  And I thought that word is not proper because when I look at the legislature, probably we cannot be,  define ourselves in that way nor do I look at any other government arm, system of running government that can be actually termed as kleptomaniac,” said the Speaker.

He asked Dimba to consider substituting it with a better word, saying “kleptomaniac,” will be struck off the Hansard—the official record of proceedings in the National Assembly.

But Dimba was adamant, saying the term ‘kleptomaniac’, in the dictionary means ‘a money hungry individual’ that is what it means.

“Let us check in the dictionary. When the Minister of Information rose, he said I talked about autocracy. I said kakistocracy not autocracy. But I can understand. He probably does not understand the term that I used,” said Dimba.

But the Speaker  said the word ‘kleptomaniac’, means  is somebody with the habitual urge to stealing.

“So, what I am saying, in the system of government, ourselves here as part of the system, do we have an urge to be stealing? Alright, if that is so, if this legislature believes so, so be it. But I thought that was a little bit on the other side,” he said.

Also standing on point of order, Mzimba West parliamentarian Harry Mkandawire  queried Dausi for using term “lying” wondering if it is  a parliamentary language.

In his ruling, the Speaker  said that ‘lying’ has been ruled as unparliamentary language in the past and asked Dausi to rephrase to be diplomatic.

But Dausi insisted whether it is in order for Dimba to use an unparliamentary word ‘kleptomaniac’.

The Speaker ruled that the words ‘lying’ and ‘kleptomaniac’ will be taken out in the Hansard.

“ I think when one wants to use the word ‘lying’ diplomatically we say, ‘you are being economical with the truth’ or something like that. Those are the words that you can use as civilised honourable members …,” said Msowoya.

Observers said lawmakers would  have to take a class over use of unparliamentary words.

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What the Americans today call ‘alternative facts’, the British a century ago called ‘terminological inexactitudes’.

Don’t blame MP’S for debating use of words. you should realize that whatever expression has been presented in the house will be gazetted and put to record. The use of unparliamentary words is not allowed. Once it is noted that one has lied or used any unparliamentary words, insults, abusive language, rudeness, corrections should be made immediately in the form of point of order. so it is important and withing the parliamentary procedures to discus/or correct such issues. olankhula zimbwerera zakeyo ndi amene ali olakwa chifukwa akuchedwetsa anzake akuchedwetsanso dziko mmalo moti ma Mp akambilane zaphindu. Ma MP akhale serious… Read more »

Truth must be told, we have spoken, we have whispered, we have seen some ppl lose life for truth, Its time to SHOUT every body. All patriotic Malawians we need to organise ourselves and SHOUT loud in whatever way.

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issues that these people argue though eeeeeiiiissshhh…. tamangoyankhulani chichewa ndiye mupewe useless words debate in parliament…


igneous rocks- sedimentaly rocks- metamorphic rocks. Mr Dausi, you mean you dont know this? Go and read Barnett, to be precise, rock cycle.


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Hon Dausi!!, mntayeni mwana. He is your challenger in using vizungu vavitali.
Anyway Hon Dimba has a point, if disregard the uncomplimentary wanuyo


Really parliamentarians? Wasting our resources n time debating the use of stupid words in Parliament??? Really? What a joke


Nonse ndinu zitsiru ndi speaker wanuyo, zitithandiza chani zimenezo?


I dont see anything wrong with what Dimba said only that, as it is more clearer now, the Speaker is DPP

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