Malawi Parliament has finally fired the Seargent-at-arms, Captain Gausi, who o Monday went missing with the Mace – technically called the sword of state or the parliamentary sword.
The parliament session was delayed by almost an hour following the missing of the Mace. The day’s parliamentary business was supposed to commence at 14: 00 but it transpired that the keys to the room where the sword was kept could not be found as the Sergeant at Arms was not in office at the time.
Second Deputy Speaker of Malawi National Assembly, Juliana Mphande, announced to the astounded legislators that the day’s sitting would not start until “some technical fault was sorted out. ”
Almost after an hour, Parliament turned into a theatrical arena as the “new” Sergeant At Arms, who initially works as an usher at the national assembly, led the Speaker’s procession amid laughter and hand clapping from the legislators.
Gausi was reported to had gone to Hospital.
The disciplinary body of Malawi National Assembly, the Parliament Service Commission made the decision on Thursday basing on a report Captain Gausi tendered for his defence, contrary to the procedure that an officer of his grade be heard in person.
Gausi took over from Major sekeni who died just a few months after retiring from parliament last year.
Captain Gausi is the first Sergent at arms to be dismissed on this post. Major Madziatera took over as caretaker.
It is not clear whehter Gausi will go to court but the manner of his firing will invite the wrath of many lawyers to argue on the basis of natural justice having not been flowed.