Mutharika to deliver recorded Sona address: Malawi Parliament opens Friday for budget

President Peter Mutharika will deliver the State of the Nation Address at Parliament on Friday through a recorded audio in a bid to decongest the House.

President Mutharika: To deliver recorded speech to Parliament

National Assembly has confirmed that President’s address to open the Budget Session  and marks the state opening of a new session of parliament  will be delivered remotely as his presences could traditionally attract  various stakeholders including the judges, diplomatic corps, civil society organisations, media corps, the business community, faith leaders and the public.

Spokesperson for Parliament, Ian Mwenye, said the Business Committee chaired by the Speaker Catherine Gotani Hara and comprising leaders of political parties in the House, who set the agenda of the proceedings, made several recommendations to reduce the gathering in the chamber.

“The Sona will be delivered on Friday 5th June. This will mark the opening of the Budget meeting,” said Mwenye.

He said the Sona which is expected to bring hope, direction and opportunities for the people, will be debated from 8th to 11th of June 2020.

It is expected that at the heart of President’s speech will be the three current challenges, namely: Coronavirus, elections re-run and Malawi economy – or the lack of.

The House, which will meet up to July 24, is also expected to tackle some electoral-related bills for the forthcoming fresh presidential election.

And Finance, Economic Planning and Development minister Joseph Mwanamvekha will present the 2020/21 National Budget on June 12.

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Central
Central
8 months ago

Wayambanso zawadi!! Zawadi moti to you various stakeholders including the judges, diplomatic corps, civil society organisations, media corps, the business community, faith leaders and the public attend the opening of a new session of parliament merely to follow the president? Koma a zawadi, dpp ndi a president anuwo mumadzimva shuga too much! Abale ndimayesa institutions like the Judiciary go there becoz it is a stand alone branch and goes there to represent itself, and NOT becoz the president has gone there? Zoona the media, church leaders, civil society etc go to the opening of a new session of parliament just… Read more »

Maliseche
Maliseche
8 months ago

You have never heard of ZOOM or TELECONFERENCE ???? this is 2020 for crying out loud !!!!

Mwana
Mwana
8 months ago

Totally confusing

mtete
mtete
8 months ago

If what I have heard is anything to go by, there won’t be any election this month because DPP has armed itself to shoot down any bill from the opposition to do with elections. They intend to achieve this using parliamentary strength and bribing weak MPs, particularly Independents.

Bauleni
8 months ago

Recorded or live its not a problem its not like, he will be taking any questions plus copies of the speech are handed out to all members of the house and major partners.

Zeni
Zeni
8 months ago

That is welcome. COuntries around the world are finding creating ways of making parliament work. In UK, MPs are doing so remotely whilst a few go to parliament.

king
king
8 months ago

why recorded Audio, why not LIVE video conference calls like zoom, sky or google call, is this stone age? malawi wake up!

Banda
Banda
8 months ago
Reply to  king

Is MBC not televising the event?

Malemu Pitala
Malemu Pitala
8 months ago

Why can’t he deliver the SONA in person? I guess nkhalamba can’t get out of his bed.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
8 months ago

Nkhalamba tsopano.

Banda
Banda
8 months ago

People of Malawi have a right to know the true fitness of the Acting President why is he REQUIRING a Drip IV strapped to his left arm first seem at the Nomination Ceremony May 8th and again Monday. SHOULD HE BE resigning prior to Election if a vote for DPP is truely a vote for a UDF Government?

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