Sangala, Kalinde summoned over scuffle

Speaker of the Malawi National Assembly Henry Chimunthu Banda is this Wednesday expected to give his determination on the “fight” that ensued in the House between Minister of Defense and Internal Security Aaron Sangala and Thyolo North Parliamentarian Anita Kalinde.

The Thyolo North MP descended on Sangala last week just before tea break after the minister in his ministerial statement alleged that Kalinde’s ex-partner used to sell human private parts.

Sangala: Beaten by female MP. Photo: Times Group (BNL)

At one time, Kalinde was in a relationship with popular Lilongwe businessman late Marshal The Dukes but separated long before he died in 2003.

Speaking in the National Assembly on Monday, Chimunthu Banda said the two have been summoned by the House’s Business Committee on Wednesday for them to explain their sides of the story and will thereafter pass his verdict on the matter.

“The Business Committee of the House met and also the Minister appeared before the committee where he gave his side of information,” Chimunthu Banda told the House.

The Speaker was responding to a query by the Deputy Minister of Labour Rev Christopher Ngwira who wanted to know from the Speaker what transpired during last Friday when the Business Committee only summoned Sangala, to explain his side of the story.

“We will also have the Honourable Member of Thyolo North appear before the committee and from there we will determine the way forward,” the Speaker explained.

Meanwhile, most Malawians have blamed the Speaker of Parliament for treating the minister with kid gloves a development they say resulted in Kalinde to react in the manner she did.

The public has also said the minister invited the “trouble” for discussing Kalinde’s private life instead of concentrating on the issue he was reporting on.

Sangala however said he stands by what he said “because the information is in the public domain.”

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