PP MPs stage walk out of Malawi Parliament in protest

Seven members of parliament from Malawi’s second opposition party, the People’s Party (PP), Thursday walked out of the house in protest over decision by second deputy speaker Clement Chiwaya’s decision to boot out its outspoken Mzimba Hora MP, Christopher Mzomera Ngwira.

Pandemonium broke out in Lilongwe, the seat of parliament, when Minister of Education Emmanuel Fabiano was giving information on selection of students to secondary school.

PP leader in the House, Uladi Mussa: Party members stormed out
PP leader in the House, Uladi Mussa: Party members stormed out

The Minister indicted that about 40 percent of students in the North Malawi have been selected to schools.

However, Mzomera Ngwira stood up to challenge the Minister, saying the figures were not true.

North Malawi has been accusing the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for rolling education genocide for the region.

Ngwira vehemently rejected the figures that Minister of Education was presenting.

But deputy speaker gagged Ngwira and told him to take his seat and not  to contribute.

Ngwira kept standing and refused to sit.

When the deputy speaker insisted that Ngwira could not speak, PP MPs gave s shouting support to Ngwira.

Chiwaya ordered Ngwira out of parliament an asked the Sergeant-at-arms o evict the Mzimba Hora member.

Then seven members of PP walked out in disgust over the deputy speaker’s conduct.

Chiwaya said Ngwira has been suspended for two days.

PP parliamentary chief whip Ralph Jooma pleaded with the deputy speaker to “pardon” Ngwira.

Meanwhile, Chiwaya asked the Minister of Education to come up with ministerial statement.

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mwiza mose
mwiza mose
6 years ago

We are all Malawians. Why the bickering like small kids.Federalism doesnot mean that The North will be a sovereign country. Development seems to be the main issue that the north is crying foul.

Frank
Frank
6 years ago

fack you all how comment without thinking. chamba amadya amako think when you writte here northern is a blesed land

collins
collins
6 years ago

We’ve seen ur problems and soon we will have it solved.

United Party
United Party
6 years ago

Malawians from the Centre and South are quick to label Northerners tribalistic or regionalistic. I have this to say. If you feel jealousy because someone not from your home, or tribe or region is doing well, know that it is you who is tribalistic or nepotistic or regionalistic. If we are one not divided along tribal or regional lines, why would it matter if more students are coming from one region? Why should we introduce quota to right an otherwise correct system for people who believe in oneness? It is because we ourselves are tribalistic and would want the best… Read more »

limbani imran misinga
limbani imran misinga
6 years ago
Reply to  United Party

impacts of imperialism and colonialism

tk
tk
6 years ago

The government is not solving anything with its quota system. Many parents from the north are sacrificing the little money they have to send their children outside the country where the quality of education fortunately is very high. In 10 years to come, this country will be shocked with the calibre of educated people that the country will have from the northern region. You will not compare them with the graduates from the other regions as these are intelligent students on top of their high IQ will have high quality education. Quota will only impact a few poor northerners. The… Read more »

absalom mseteka
6 years ago

Dont talk of tribalism my friend lets follow constution

Witpot
6 years ago

Aphungu achitumbukanu ngati ndimphavu kumpoto komweko try 2 hear Mr Speaker in the parliament,mwina kapena makaniwa ndichamba cha khotakota

Dadaboma
Dadaboma
6 years ago

Chiwaya I feel sorry for you – I thought, by looking at how you struggle to live, you have some wisdom to make up for your handicap.

Nebuccadnezer
Nebuccadnezer
6 years ago

Republic of Thengere

Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
6 years ago

Inu Ngwira musamamumvere ndi wavimbuza. He is saying he wants to fight for equal share of resources but he doesn’t want quota system.

Kenkkk
Kenkkk
6 years ago
Reply to  Kanyimbi

Some of you seem to be ignorant about the meaning of quota, where it is appropriate to apply and where it is not appropriate to apply quota. Education is one area where you can’t apply quota because it is based on academic performance or exams not population or where someone comes from. Even proportionality can’t be applied in academic environment because exams sort out people. Those under-achievers can be helped but not at the expense of bright students. After all we are creating a workforce for malawi, not for the regions. The same tumbukas you are insulting are working everywhere… Read more »

Bozozo
Bozozo
6 years ago
Reply to  Kenkkk

Quota can apply in the education sector. Since time immemorial Malawi has always applied a quota system to promote girls education. It may be urgued that the system disadvantages boys who score higher than girls but are denied places in favour of girls. In South Africa they have black empowerment policy. This is at the expense of some equally deserving whites. In America similar policies were adopted to address the plight of blacks through affirmative policy. In Nigeria education is free in the Muslim dominated North where the dreaded Boko haram is attacking schools. This pilocy which the Christian dominated… Read more »

Kenkkk
Kenkkk
6 years ago
Reply to  Bozozo

I never said you should not help those that are behind. But the help should not be at the expense of those who have excelled in academic exams. You talk about Nigeria Muslims, yes they get help but nobody with good grades in the south of the country is denied education. Yes we should help but we should not punish high achievers by denying them education. Yes we should help Muslims in mangochi and girls but not at the expense of high academic achievers. The rest of Malawi should be on equal footing through academic exams, those who work hard… Read more »

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