Prorogation of Parliament, bye-bye MPs: Nankhumwa delivers powerful discontinuance speech

Parliamentarians ended their Mid-term Budget Review deliberations on Friday, March 15 2019, the final sitting before Parliament before it  is officially dissolved ahead of May 21 2019 Tripartite elections.

Nankhumwa: Patriotism is cardinal in our relentless quest to create a better Malawi

Leader of Government Business in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa hailed his fellow parliamentarians for rising above “petty party politics and upholding the primacy of our function as Legislators” during his tenure of office.

“As MPs, we transacted parliamentary business with a high level of unity and professionalism. This is the definition of patriotism, which I believe is cardinal in our relentless quest to create a better Malawi for our people.

“Admittedly, there were a few moments of disruption and disagreement during my tenure as Leader of the House but these were duly and amicably addressed through the established channels and systems,” he said as he presented his discontinuance speech.

The Leader of the House noted that it is just a matter of weeks before Malawians choose new representatives during the upcoming elections and that it is obvious some MPs will return to Parliament while others will be voted out.

“To those that will not come back, I wish them all the best in their next life as they will endeavor to contribute to national development in a different capacity. Their representation, oversight and legislative duties have been very commendable.

“As former MPs, they will always be a very important part of this country’s history. Their contribution to national development through this august House will always be treasured and valued by all stakeholders, including government and the people that they represented because that is the definition of national service of which all of us ought to be proud of.

“Mr. Speaker Sir, to those that will return to this august House after May next year, I say congratulations in advance because that would mean the people have trust in them to continue representing their interests,” said the youthful Mulanje Central legislator.

He urged those that will return “not to relent on our most noble endeavor but continue from where we have stopped because there is obviously much more that we can do on top of what we have already accomplished as a House in our oversight, legislation and representation roles”.

Reminiscing about his appointment as Leader of the House, Nankhumwa extended his “deepest gratitude” to President Mutharika “for investing so much trust in me with this responsibility”.

“I believe this was not just trust in me as an individual, but also a mark of faith in the capabilities of the youths in this country to take up big leadership roles. This is what defines President Mutharika as a true statesman and transformational leader. I am optimistic that I have served the President and the people well. When I was appointed, I committed myself to serving the President and people of Malawi with selfless honesty, loyalty, dedication and hard work, which I believe I have accomplished,” said Nankhumwa, who is also Local Government Minister.

He hailed the Speaker of Parliament, Richard Msowoya for his “unconditional commitment” to ensuring that he succeeds as Leader of the House.

“I am grateful to you for your wise counsel and encouragement offered to me throughout my tenure of office,” he said, adding that he also wished to thank the former Leader of Opposition Dr. Lazarus Chakwera for his prudent leadership, which led to a good working relationship and cooperation between government and the opposition in this august House.

He also thanked other opposition leaders in Parliament “for being responsible leaders, offering timely criticism and alternative viewpoint, which were critical for checks and balances in a democracy”.

“I thank them for their outstanding and valuable counsel, mentorship and guidance during this exciting but challenging journey,” said Nankhumwa.

He concluded: “Finally and above all, I wish to kneel down before God the Almighty and thank Him for blessing me more that I deserve. Without God’s everlasting love, I would not have been in this position that I hold today”.

Parliament  is set to be constitutionally dissolved on March 20 to pave the way for the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

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Oracle Mlosi
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Oracle Mlosi

Kondwani will be our next leader of opposition as UTM is heading to State House

Thengolose
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Thengolose

Congrats too young man. Best of luck as you compete with Usi. You are likely making it and if your party fails you will be a good leader of opposition!

Uchi
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Uchi

The Man who stood for DPP through thick and Thin

nyalugwe
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nyalugwe

Also thank Dr Chaponda for creating the vacancy

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

Clip ya ku ncheu yokuba ana ija !!!! Tive zitizo.
Nanga makina okozera ndalama from alibino bones!!! Nde tive ziti joji malemya!!!!!!

Biliat
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Biliat

Those that will not go back to parliament include Henry Mussa, Elias Chakwera, Njoka Chipeni, male Kaliati, Bisnowatty, Friday Jumbe, Bon Kalindo just to mention afew.

Anzelu ndi Anzelu
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Anzelu ndi Anzelu

I have a very soft spot for Kondwani Nankhumwa. I love his humility, graciousness and leadership potential. I hope DPP sees what we see in him and field him as the next Head of State. This young man is very special and for me, he should have been chosen to be a runningmate.

Tchana
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Tchana

I salute this guy vuto nd chipan cha dpp mulicho abwana…….I lyk ur humbleness

Nasibeko
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Nasibeko

Great presentation, hold on to your speech writer Leader of the House MP Kondwani Nankhumwa they will be needed in your future career & if it was you self, congratulation.

Heavyduty
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Heavyduty

You are a great man, about you we know.