Parliament muzzles Chaponda on MCP training ‘guerrillas’ at Malawi police school

Parliament has successfully muzzled Mulanje south west parliamentarian George Chaponda who wanted to ask president Lazarus Chakwera reports that his Malawi Congress Party (MCP) was training 75 youth league members at police training school on the use of firearms.

Chimwendo Banda: We cannot discuss security issues in the House
Chaponda: His question was blocked

Before Chaponda could press the question, leader of the House, Richard Chimwendo Banda sprung up swiftly, telling the Speaker Catherine Gotani Hara that this was a security matter which could not be discussed in the House.

Chimwendo-Banda stood on a “point of correction” to tell the House that matters of training of security personnel was a matter of state security “not for discussion in plenary of parliament”.

Speaker of Parliament,  Gottani-Hara, agreed with Chimwendo-Banda and objected to Chaponda proceeding with his question.

President Chakwera was in parliament a second time since his election to take questions from legislators.

Member of Parliament for Zomba Lisanjala asked the President what the government is doing to make sure that the 2025 election will not be marred by violence as it has been the case recently.

Chakwera said there is a need for concerted efforts to ensure that efforts achieved in the 2020 election extend to the future by making sure that all stakeholder institutions do their job.

“Making sure to do so with sensitivity to the macro-economic conditions of Malawi, the bad contractual obligations we have discovered are in force from the previous administration, and the staggered implementation strategy we have had to adopt in view of the pandemic.

“Once we are ready to implement these promises, I will inform Malawians accordingly,” said the Chakwera.

The President said there has been wide range consultation to deal with the issues.

He also expressed the need for electoral reforms to create a conducive environment for elections for all.

Responding to a question from member of Parliament for Nkhotakota North East on when the Passport fees will be reduced and when will Malawians start enjoying a tax-free week, President Chakwera said he will inform the nation in due time.

He assured the nation that all the campaign promises will be fulfilled but highlighted that he could not say the exact time frame.

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Anzanufe
Anzanufe
4 months ago

You were warned, a hyna will never be a goat. They will indeed slaughter us

Phaloni
Phaloni
4 months ago
Reply to  Anzanufe

DPP inapatsa ma Cadet mfuti ndiye lero zayipa?

Davinho
Davinho
4 months ago

Chaponda is very upset & disgusted by the the president was responding with full confidence so he just wanted to bring in confusion

National CEO
National CEO
4 months ago

So security matters can not be discussed in parliament?

National CEO
National CEO
4 months ago

someone is saying the truth here.

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
4 months ago

This article is exactly what Chaponda was looking for, publicity……..this is What all expired politicians do, hiding behind parliamentary immunity to raise unsubstantiated allegations. If this old senile man has evidence that MCP is training guerrillas as you have alleged in your article, why did he have to wait for parliament to sit to raise the issue? Just because the police was a captured security agency during DPP it doe not mean that it will be the same during this Tonse government…….if Chaponda has the evidence of these serious allegations let him speak out outside of parliament and he will… Read more »

Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
4 months ago
Reply to  Mbonga Matoga

nanunso muzimvetsetsa, akuti a yufi makumi asanu ndi awiri ndi mphambu zisanu, akuphunzira kuwomba mfuti ku sukulu za apolisi.

Last edited 4 months ago by Kanyimbi
Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
4 months ago
Reply to  Kanyimbi

Mr kanyimbi ngati ziphwisi zakuchulukilani just get lost……the point am making is that if what is being alleged is against the law why is your uncle mr Chaponda waiting for parliament to sit to make his unsubstantiated claims.

Tell your uncle to make those silly claims outside of parliament where he can not be gaged, all we need is the evidence and if proven true, we still have our army and we can do another operation bwezani.

Hate it or take it but it's a fact
Reply to  Kanyimbi

Umafuna kuti amphudzire kuomba chikwanje ngati ma Cadets?? 0 pa 10

PHIRI
4 months ago

is this story about chaponda or chakwera? you have a full story on chakwera and here are repeating the story and mwini nkhani half paji kkkkkkkkkkk koma atalankhaniwa inukkkkk fake

Wakwiya ndi kadeti
4 months ago

Does a government need guerillas? It is dpp that needs guerrillas or bandits to fight the government. A Chaponda mudzikula. Munthu unali ku Yale University kukathera ku Exploits. Mutu ukugwira? You are wasting our taxes in parliament. Unawotcha office yako at Agriculture.

Pido
Pido
4 months ago

Were you here during the pre multiparty era? Do you know there was MYP, a paramilitary arm of MCP, the then filling party? Guerilla fighters have been known to work for any side, rulling, opposition, or other, as cases may arise from time to time bad depending on prevailing circumstances

Pedegu Uyo
4 months ago

Akubisa chani a MCP? Is training of mere police officers a secret thing? Why gag Chaponda?

Mzozodo
Mzozodo
4 months ago
Reply to  Pedegu Uyo

Intelligence, not Police….. Learn to understand

Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
4 months ago
Reply to  Mzozodo

You mean secret service? who has given it a go ahead?

Gwira mwana tithawe
4 months ago

We told you that soon we will be fed to chrocjodiles. Bravo Chaponda. No smoke without fire

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
4 months ago

Training MCP youth to become the third force -MYP that was disbanded through “Operation Bwezani” is indeed a secret security matter that Chimwendo could not have allowed it. Just keep the records: names of those trainees for future tracking at the right time. Those of us who suffered the atrocities inflicted on us by the Youth League and MYP cant tolerate that nonsense.

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