DPP ‘tsunami’ in Parliament, PP in majority

Leader of opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Peter Mutharika says there was absolutely nothing about President Joyce Banda’s first State of the Nation Address in Parliament to get excited about, saying he was glad she was continuing with DPP development agenda.

President Banda delivered her address on Friday to open the budget session of Parliament.

In a comprehensive speech, President Banda announced many measures how her administration intend to reverse repressive laws enacted during the DPP regime, restore diplomatic and donor relationships strained under DPP government.

Peter Mutharika: Glad Banda is continuing DPP development agenda

But Mutharika commenting after the address said there is nothing new President Joyce Banda has said in her address.

He however said: “I was mostly impressed when the president talked about vision; she says she has a vision for this country and I think that was striking to me.”

The DPP leader  said he was glad that a President Banda was simply continuing with the development agenda Of the DPP.

But leader of the House, Henry Duncan Phoya said that he has never in his life time as a member of parliament heard “a brilliant state of the nation address” like the one President Banda made.

Meanwhile, when President Banda opened the House on Friday, it was evident that her People’s Party is now in majority disposing the former ruling DPP.

The government side had 107 lawmakers in the 193 member parliament while the whole opposition combined had 84 legislators.

With this majority the new government will easily win its desire for Malawi to revert to the previous flag, with a rising sun, to replace the current one which has a full sun on the middle.

Late President Mutharika changed the flag arguing that Malawi had developed hence the need to replace the rising sun with a full sun.

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