Nsanje Central MP Francis Kasaila was on Friday forced to withdraw his “unparliamentarily remarks” after he labeled Minister of Tourism Rachel Zulu a “Form Four dropout”.
The remarks were made after a heated debate on the Nsanje World Inland Port when Katsaila wanted government to explain whether the project is still on.
Zulu angered Kasaila when the minister said: “I would want to educate the honourable member that the Nsanje Inland Port is not for the people of Nsanje alone, it is for the whole government of Malawi.”
Not amused by the term ‘educate’, Kasaila shot back: “There is no way that a Form Four dropout can educate a graduate.”
His statement attracted calls for withdrawal from some Cabinet ministers.
Second Deputy Speaker Julliana Mphande supported the call for the withdrawal, but Kasaila refused to withdraw demanding that the day’s Hansard should be brought into the House to see whether his remarks were demeaning to women as said by some of the members.
However, the Speaker Henry Chimunthu Banda ruled on Friday that Katsaila withdraw the statement.
“Correction and clarification:
This story’s headline was amended as because the original incorrectly suggested the Minister is Jennifer Chilunga and her picture but the story mentioned Rachael Zulu. Apologies to Minister Jennifer Chilunga Ndaferankhande. Nyasa Times regrets any inconveniences this may have caused.