Parliament bars public from attending budget meeting

Malawi Parliament says the public will not be allowed in the Chamber during the budget meeting which starts on June 5 as a preventive measure against ccoronavirus  (Covid-19) pandemic.

After her election, Madam Speaker Gotani Hara in her robes enters the august House

A statement from parliament says the National Assembly Covid-19 preventive guidelines covers both parliamentary procedure and administrative matters.

“The office of the Speaker further wishes to inform all stakeholders that deliberations of the House will not be open to the public.

“This is in line with the ministry of Health covid-19 preventive measures that parliament of Malawi has put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic,” says the statement.

The statement says as one way of decongesting the chamber, the guidelines on the conduct of meeting of parliament during the coronavirus pandemic period provides for a reduced number of members of parliament and staff.

“Parliament has also come up with specific guidelines for the media.

“These guidelines are aimed at ensuring that the media is not only working in safe environment at parliament but is also contributing to making parliament a safe place to work,” says the statement.

The budget meeting runs up to July 24 and crucial on the agenda are the electoral reform bills which President Peter Mutharika vetoed but are likely to come back in the House and passed in readiness for the court sanctioned June 23 presidential election.

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Anzelu ndi Anzelu
Anzelu ndi Anzelu
8 months ago

They are debating the DPP 2020/21 national budget. What does that say of our parliament? They are in agreement of a DPP led financial budget. This is part of the shortsightedness of our politicians.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
8 months ago

the Jappie and botomani waciona ndani style!!??????

Tazi
Tazi
8 months ago

It would have been better if the budget was tentative for for 3 months and then the one to carry the day on election make their budget. The budget should be made in line with what they have plan to implement in their manifesto. Nanga pamenepa fertilizer wa K4500. akhalamo.

The Patriot
The Patriot
8 months ago
Reply to  Tazi

Fertilizer wa K4.5 is biggest hoax

ankhwinda
8 months ago
Reply to  Tazi

Pa 5 June ndipoti ingoyambapo pajatu akuti izatha pa 24 July pozafika pamenepo Boma lomwe likulowa pa 24 June 2020 pano izakhala yankoza malo awiri atatu mu budget imeneyi ubwino wake minister of finance (SKC) ali nawo Boma momwemo ngakhale pano angomuyika pa bench

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