Paul Banda’s treatment abroad: Government blocks Nankhumwa’s call for fundraising in Parly

Iconic Balaka-based musician ‘Sir’ Paul Banda is reportedly critically ill and requires specialist medical attention abroad. But when the Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa addressed Parliament on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 and made reference to the matter, government was not amused.

In his response to the State of the Nation Address (SONA) presented on May 3, 2021 in the 3rd Meeting of the 49th Session of Parliament and the 2021/2022 Budget Session, the Leader of Opposition requested parliamentarians to “to contribute funds towards Sir Paul Banda’s medical treatment abroad”.

Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa in Parliament-pic by Lisa Kadango

“On a very special note, let me inform this August House that our own music legend, Sir Paul Banda, has been unwell for some time. Sir Paul Banda has, for decades, played a very significant role in the political, and social and economic development of this through music.

“Through Alleluyah Band, Sir Paul Banda has inspired many people; trained and mentored many musicians, including his young brother ‘Soldier’ Lucius Banda, Billy Kaunda, Charles Msaku, Mlaka Maliro, among others,” he said and suggested that an ad-hoc parliamentary committee comprising MPs Bertha Ndebele, Malume Bokosi, Owen Chomanika, Billy Kaunda and Monica Chayang’anamuno be formed “to manage the fundraising drive and ensure that we raise the funds in the shortest time possible”.

But as soon as Nankhumwa wrapped up his presentation, Minister of Tourism Michael ‘Manganya’ Usi stood on a ‘point-of-order’, arguing that Nankhumwa was wrong to bring the matter into the House, especially considering that government, through his department of culture, was already taking care of Paul Banda’s welfare.

Sir Paul Banda in need to treatment

The minister ‘reprimanded’ the Leader of Opposition for discussing someone’s illness “in public”, claiming it can cause trauma on the patient and his family.

However, Nankhumwa counter-argued, saying he did not just dream about it but had actually met the patient and discussed his plight at length.

“I find nothing wrong in seeking financial support on behalf of a patient who needs specialist medical attention abroad; I just find it very necessary, especially also that I discussed this with him,” he said.

In her ruling on the matter, Speaker Catherine Gotani Hara said she found nothing wrong with Nankhumwa’s request for financial assistance, even if government was offering assistance.

In his speech, the Leader of Opposition noted that artists contribute immensely to the development of the country and well-being of society.

“Through their various artistic works, they reshape our country into a better place to live in. It is in this vein that I urge all of us, including government, to support our various artists in whatever way possible in creating a conducive environment for their work,” he said.

He urged Malawians to love one another and to co-exist peacefully regardless of differences in political persuasions, race, tribe and religion.

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Mike Ngulinga
Mike Ngulinga
25 days ago

Something must be done to save the life of this LEGEND

Hawell
26 days ago

A Manganya missed the target! The best response would have been “Hon. Speaker Madam, I wish to congratulate the Hon Leader of opposition for the request to support Sir Paul Banda. However, let me quickly say that it is good that the eye from that side(opposition) has seen the importance of leaving politics behind but join hands together as MPs representing all Malawians to support him to get the right treatment he deserves. As such I wish to inform the Hon Leader of opposition and the entire august house that as i stand here government has already taken a swipe… Read more »

laws
laws
26 days ago

very very shameful to a minister’s response.If he is taking care of him then why is he not receiving the specialist attention.If Usi was still ‘Manganya’ he would have been making noise.My advise to him -this ministerial post is a short term employment as you point a finger at Paul,four fingers are pointing at you

Blessings
26 days ago

My Nanga kkkk

Mzozodo
Mzozodo
26 days ago

The deadline is misleading

Baba Tunde
Baba Tunde
26 days ago

It’s OK to fundraise for Sir Paul. But our MPs should be more strategic in their thinking. Next time move a bill to allocate funds to build a specialist hospital in Malawi so that even the little known villagers can benefit. Not everyone is famous like Paul Banda but we all deserve proper medical care. Who will raise funds for Abiti Spindulo of kwa Mpondabwino, or Ayayaof Thyolo Thava, or Dada Malayamuchapenge of Bwengu when they fall sick? Parliament should be looking at the bigger picture and thing more strategically. Unfortunately our Parliament is full of half wits

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
26 days ago
Reply to  Baba Tunde

EQIALITY is what is needed. umbuli ndi matenda for the whole MP kha leader kuuza anthu asonkhe for one person . kha boma mukuti lipeleke but dont forget kuti osauka anapereka nsonkho omwe akuudyera ndiolemera. muli anyhu mmamizimu omwe anafulatililidwatu .
cofunika ndi comanga cipatala konkuno.

KULI COVID TU. INDIA WAKE UTIYO ATAPITEKOYO? KUMAGANIZA NGATI ANTHU AUBONGO PLS

Mzwanya
Mzwanya
26 days ago
Reply to  Baba Tunde

You’re very right my friend. Everyone needs is a citizen and needs that kind of special treatment. Let the government consider build a special hospital as you have suggested. I concur with your view in this matter

Baghdad
Baghdad
26 days ago
Reply to  Baba Tunde

Zoona ankolo

James
James
27 days ago

The idea was 100% I support you mr Nankhumwa please we need to do something

Kamchiputu
27 days ago

That’s why one of former AFORD MPs said unelected members in the House are strangers and must not be given a seat or say anything.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
26 days ago
Reply to  Kamchiputu

zoonadi

Mzwanya
Mzwanya
26 days ago
Reply to  Kamchiputu

Kkkkkkkk absolutely true

Zoona zenizeni
Zoona zenizeni
27 days ago

Send him to hospital not the stupid Nsumgama amakakonzetsa dAzi.

Mapwiya
Mapwiya
27 days ago

KKKKKKkoma abale the whole minister sakuona kufunika kothandiza munthu??? Jacob lero ali ndi moyo chifukwa boma linatengapo mbali,zalerozi ndiye ziti abale?????

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