Speaker Msowoya rejects resignation calls as MCP veep

Malawi National Assembly Speaker ,Richard Msowoya h as maintained that he will not resign from his position as vice president of the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

Some quarters have been calling the Speaker to resign from the positions to avoid conflict of interest when discharging his duties in the Chamber.

Mr Speaker Sir: Msowoya won't wuit MCP post
Mr Speaker Sir: Msowoya won’t wuit MCP post

But Msowoya argued that there is no law that requires him to resign from the position of vice president of MCP.

“I am very much active in my role as the vice president of MCP and do not intend in any way to resign from the position,” said Msowoya.

Despite calls for him to resign, political parties represented in the House have no problem with the Speaker remaining the vice president of MCP.

United Democratic Front (UDF), People’s Party (PP) and MCP all said they did not have problems with the manner in which Msowoya has conducted himself as Speaker even though he doubles with his party role.

Meanwhile, parliamentarians are going through a two-day Parliamentary Orientation Training in Malawi’s administrative capital Lilongwe being conducted by  the Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) Parliamentary Forum.

The training commenced on Thursday, August 28 and will end on Friday.

The orientation training will precede the budget meeting which will commence on Monday, September 2014.

President Peter Mutharika administration, through the Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe, is expected to present a K743 billion national budget for the 2014/15 fiscal year.

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