New Speaker promises impartiality, uphold Constitution ‘including Sec 65’

Malawi’s newly-elected Speaker of Parliament, Richard Msowoya, has promised neutrality during his tenure of office and uphold the Constitution.

Smartly dressed in dark gray suit, was physically dragged from his seat by MP Dzoole Mwale and deposited into the Speaker’s chair as tradition dictates when he was declared him as winner.

He was crowned with the gown of his office and a head wig, symbolising authority.

Msowoya, who becomes the country’s 11th Speaker, in his acceptance speech thanked Malawians for voting for MPs that are in the house and also thanked members of Parliament that voted for him.

He promised that he will be impartial and dedicated in his duty.

MCP MP for Karonga Nyungwe Richard Msowoya is the newly elected Speaker of the National Assembly-pic by Lisa Vintulla.
MCP MP for Karonga Nyungwe Richard Msowoya is the newly elected Speaker of the National Assembly-pic by Lisa Vintulla.

Msowoya, who is Malawi Congress Party (MCP) first vice president, assured the House and Malawians that under his Speakership he will ensure that the laws and constitution of Malawi are respected.

“I would like to assure all Malawians under my speakership coming from background of Malawi Congress Party that observe the rule of law. I will ensure the laws of Malawi, the Constitution of Malawi is followed,” said Msowoya.

There are expectations that the new Speaker will ensure Section 65 of the Constitution is applied to prevent Members of Parliament (MPs) from crossing the floor.

The provision which is in Malawi’s constitution bars defections of lawmakers.

Msowoya stressed he would carry out his tasks conscious of the Constitution.

The new Head of National Assembly said he was humbled by the credible election.

“I humbly accept the position of Speaker of the National Assembly,” said Msowoya.

Msowoya scooped 101 votes has beaten Francis Lazaro Kasaira of the ruling Democratic Progressive party who got 89 votes.

Several leaders of the political parties represented in parliament said they will corporate with the speaker during deliberations in the national assembly.

The MCP President Dr Lazarus Chakwera said election of Msowoya signifies that Malawi will have parliament that will serve the interest of people at heart saying Msowoya is man of high repute.

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