Parliament suspended amid Mtambo, Trapence walk in: HRDC to hold vigil over electoral reforms

Speaker of the National Assembly Catherine Gotani Hara on Tuesday temporarily  suspended Parliament proceedings after after Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) leaders, Timothy Mtambo and Gift Trapence walked in the august house in Lilongwe.

HRDC leaders, Timothy Mtambo( R) and Gift Trapence in the visitors gallery 

Deputy leader of the house Martha Chanjo Mhone moved a motion to suspend the House for the business committee to meet as they felt threatened by the HRDC crew who have announced they will from hold vigils at parliament building in Lilongwe to force the legislators pass the Constitutional Court ordered electoral reforms laws.

Government benches hurled insults at HRDC officials describing them as a bunch of “terrorists while the  opposition legislators praised the activists .

Standing on a point of order,  Dowa East member of Parliament (MP) Richard Chimwendo Banda (Malawi Congress Party), said there was nothing wrong for human rights  activists to view proceedings in parliament from the public gallery.

But the Speaker put a question to the House on the motion to suspend proceedings  which the “the ayes have it” was announced  that the affirmative votes were in the majority.

The Speaker suspended the House for Business Committee to meet.

The HRDC leadership went to the Chamber  after alleging  that some members of parliament have received money from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to frustrate the passing of the Electoral Reforms Bills, including the 50-plus-one provision in choosing the country’s President, into law.

Among others, the February 3 2020 Constitutional Court ruling says the Republican Constitution provides for the 50+1 election system and ordered parliament to pass relevant laws.

“Malawians should stand up to force their parliamentarians pass these important laws,” said Mtambo.

Mtambo however could not give evidence that the DPP has bribed the legislators to frustrate the passing of the bills into law.

The coalition leader left Parliament to allow the MPs resume their proceedings.

Earlier, Leader of the House, Kondwani Nankhumwa said the House would waive its standing orders to table the bills in compliance with the Constitutional Court order on the electoral reforms.

The five-judge panel of the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court tasked Parliament to facilitate the review of the laws. The House tasked its Legal Affairs Committee and the Public Appointments Committee on some assignments.

Parliament hired  retired Justice of Appeal judge Elton Mawina Singini and lawyers Allan Chinula and Arthur Nanthuru to draft the electoral bills with funding from USAID.

The Constitutional Court tasked Parliament to take appropriate legislative measures to ensure that:

  • The significance of the certainty which is brought by the fixing of the date of the general election under Section 67 (1) of the Constitution is preserved; and
  • Whoever is elected President of the Republic during the fresh election is allowed to serve the constitutionally prescribed five-year term.
  • The Public Appointments Committee of the National Assembly should, in terms of Section 75 (4) of the Constitution, inquire into the capacity and competence of the Electoral Commission’s current commissioners, to oversee the conduct of the fresh elections;
  • Parliament should take necessary amendment action in respect of Section 75 (1) of the Constitution so that the appointing authority of the chairperson of the Electoral Commission is clearly provided for; and that;
  • •  Parliament must, within 21 days from the date of the ruling, make appropriate provisions for the holding of the presidential run-off in the event that no single candidate secures the constitutional majority under Section 80 (2) of the Constitution as interpreted by the court.

 

 

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wa Nyau
wa Nyau
9 months ago

koma Trapence yu amalandila Salary? Bwanji sasintha zovala?
just asking for a Friend

Nangwale
Nangwale
9 months ago

mmmm guys if it is allowed for anyone anytime to attend the proceedings without order then one day the house would be very full since there are so many malawians willing to do so. i believe there is always an order of doing things…kungotulukila ngati akuchokera kosaka abale ufuluwu uli udindo koma

Omex70
Omex70
9 months ago
Reply to  Nangwale

Koma umbuli siwabwino abale.

Mapopa
Mapopa
9 months ago
Reply to  Omex70

Kodi inu a Omex 70, osati mbuli ndinu??? Ngati si ndiwe mbuli, ndekuti nyau too much.

Francis wyson
Francis wyson
9 months ago
Reply to  Nangwale

yes

Kashma
Kashma
9 months ago
Reply to  Francis wyson

Every Malawian can go to parliament and listen all the proceedings

Kuswa Kuswa
9 months ago

What has the country tolerated this level of impunity? Two idiotic paid up mercenaries disrupting Parliament business? Ntumbo and Traphwisi? Amazing.

Omex70
Omex70
9 months ago
Reply to  Kuswa Kuswa

Umbulitu uwu mukuonetsa pano a Kuswa swa..

Mapopa
Mapopa
9 months ago
Reply to  Omex70

Mtambo and his group are educated fools

Kuswa Kuswa
Kuswa Kuswa
9 months ago
Reply to  Omex70

Uli pati? Anyamata a ex-reverend awa. Sukuona? Myopia avuta?

Chilipa Thako
9 months ago

What are those two guys doing in that house as if they are members of parliament ? Malawi yafika pa manyi tsopano

Omex70
Omex70
9 months ago
Reply to  Chilipa Thako

Inunso umbuli too much. Simudziwa kuti aliyense ndi ololedwa kukamvetsera zokambirana?

Kashma
Kashma
9 months ago
Reply to  Omex70

Umbuli waphweteka kwambiri sadziwa

KENT
KENT
9 months ago
Reply to  Omex70

Adziwa bwanji a Cadet awa a Chilipa Thako, forgive him hes a std 3 drop out cadet, just look at his name, it explains it all.

Mapopa
Mapopa
9 months ago
Reply to  Omex70

Iweyo wosapitako bwa???

Lamion
Lamion
9 months ago

Test, zimenezo umapanga ndi iweyo fotseki

Square
Square
9 months ago

Mtambo and Trapence are Malawian citizens, and just like any other citizen they must be allowed to enjoy their citizen rights in full.

Malawi belong to the citizens

HRDC leaders are also citizens of Malawi.Pass the laws, live in peace.Some of these members of parliament they love money too much.These MPs can receive money, with the aim of not voting for the new laws as the court directed.It is possible when DPP has the account number one in their hands. DPP believes in corruption and bribes.

khumhro
khumhro
9 months ago

sure

Opportunist
Opportunist
9 months ago

Visitors are allowed in every August house.They equally citizens of this country.Why were you scared

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson
9 months ago

Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk. This is funny.

Anyway poti ndi akuluakulu a bungwe la za u chifwamba, i understand why DPP MPs would fear them. But this is damn funny…….

BigMan
BigMan
9 months ago

DPP running from its own shadow!

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