Malawi Parliament on Tuesday afternoon rejected a newspaper report as evidence on claims by Mzimba West MP Harry Mkandawire that the government had sold Lake Malawi to a Portuguese construction company, Mota Engil.
First deputy speaker Esther Mcheka Chileka said the weight of evidence could not be accepted in the Chamber because it was a cutting from a newspaper report and had no date.
“This newspaper report called Euro Times cannot be allowed here in parrliament, therefore the evidence falls,” said Chilenje.
Leader of the House George Chaponda stalked Mkandawire when he said such an evidence could not come from an honourable member.
However this irked Mkandawire who leapt on his feet shouting, “he (Chaponda) is not supposed to be here, he is named in the K577 billion report files.”
In the pandemonium that ensued, Mkandawire was overheard challenging another MP on government side for a one to one battle.
Dedzs east MP Juliana Lunguzi wondered why parliament and the government were rejecting the evidence when the same government arrested senior MCP officials because of a Whatsapp chatroom which had no date.
Mkandawire and Nkhata Bay Central MP Ralph Mhone said they would bring more evidence when asked.
The MP alleged the government has given a 35 year concession to run Lake Malawi affairs to Mota Engil at no cost.