No Madando, no Tippex: Malawi legislators elect MCP’s Gotani-Hara first woman speaker of parliament

Parliament has elected Catherine Gotani Hara, a lawmaker with main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) as first woman Speaker of the National Assembly.

Speaker Gotani Hara
Speaker-elect Gotani Hara

Gotani Hara, member of parliament for Mzimba North East MP, was elected after defeating her only competitor,  Esther Mcheka- Chilenje another female legislator  for  Nsanje North of  ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Mangochi Monkey Bay MP (DPP) Ralph Jooma nominated Mcheka Chilenje for Speaker while Lilongwe Msozi North MP (MCP) Sosten Gwengwe nominated Gotani Hara .

Gwengwe said Gotani Hara could guarantee the independence and autonomy of Parliament.

He urged members to look beyond politics and elect someone who will unite Parliament, represent their interests and that of the nation.

The new Speaker, who replaces Richard Msowoya, was elected with 97 votes in a secret ballot against 93  votes, according to results announced by Clerk of Parliament, Fiona Kalemba .

Gotani Hara is a graduate of University of Malawi at Chancellor College on political science and had further studies at University of Brighton in United Kingdom where she graduated with a Postgraduate Degree in International Development and Project Planning and Management.

She was the first Malawian to be recruited to the level of Programme Officer,for the UK Department for International Development (DFID), where she was responsible for the twin sustainable livelihoods programmes of Malawi and Mozambique. Some of the examples of the key successful projects on which she worked and developed her technical expertise including negotiation skills include:

  • The Banja La Mtsogolo network of health clinics in Malawi.
    The multi-million Kwacha first Starter Pack programme funding to the Malawi Govt.
  • The Safe motherhood programme.
    Irrigation.
  • The fish export project between Mozambique and the EU.

Gotani Hara is a former Cabinet minister.

Voting for  First Deputy Speaker and Second deputy speaker is still underway.

There are two candidates for First Deputy Speaker, Chitipa South MP (DPP) Werani Chilenga and Kasungu East MP (Independent) Madalitso Kazombo.

 

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mtete
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mtete

Nate Mcheka Chilenje anaba ma voti ngati a Gogo ake Mr. APM

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

Thank you mai and congratulations.
Hoping you will not show us as the other educated mw ladies have done. W got lots of educated ladies with myopic poor mindset. They have failed mwians left and right to please the big boss.
Mai please, show us you can do it the right way . BIG UP.

Maria
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Maria

DPP mukuva bwanji mthupi? Olo vote imodzi, 3 kwa 0. MAY YOUR SOULS REST IN PEACE! kkkkkkkkk

joseph Banda
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joseph Banda

KOMA IKANKHALA the other round, ndiye zikwanje zikanatuluka ku Parliament

Maria
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Maria

A Joseph Banda, mwakhaula, kikikiki izitu sizazikwanje ayi, izitu zinali za straight forward komanso ku Parliament anawaletsa a DPP kulowa ndi Tippex.

Maria
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Maria

Nankhumwa, Ben Phiri etc, koma ndiye mwandivetsa chisoni, ndalama zonse zija munatipatsa ife kuti tikhale mbali yanu osagwira ntchito? Pepani tinangolandira ndipo tangokudyerani and you have lost it miserably, kkkkkk limenelo ndilo dziko, mwaidziwa Bangwe. A Malawi tatopa nacho chipani chanu cha DPP Tippex

THE APOSTLE
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2 MPs are absent in Parliament kaya apita kuti

But its obvious kathokoza kwa ng’anga zawo aku Mozambique

Adawauza kuti asakalowe ku Parliament akatenge tizinthu tiwiri toyenda nato

MASO ENA
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MASO ENA

I PRAY THIS ONE WON’T BE A FAILURE AFTER JOYCE BANDA AND JANE ANSAH!!

TOSH
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THATS GOOD, CONGRATS CATHY

The Patriot
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The Patriot

I like your earings Madam Speaker…..on a lighter note!!!

MASO ENA
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MASO ENA

ADONAWA AONEKA OKALAMBA ATAVALA WIG!!
KODI ABALE WIG KU PARLIAMANT NDI KU MA COURTS AMALAWI NKUSALIRA KWATHU TIZACHOTSA LITI??

Asima
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Asima

Ndipo I hate these Wigs khala ngati matewera akh

Azungu kutipusitsa ife

Guideon
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Guideon

Thats gd move