Speaker stops ‘finger pointing’ in Parliament

There were some lighter moments in Parliament on Tuesday when independent member of parliament for Karonga North, Vincent Ghambi, asked the intervention of the Speaker claiming that former ruling DPP MPs were distracting his contribution to the budget statement by finger pointing him.

“Mr. Speaker, Sir, I am addressing you, I wonder why some Members are pointing at me, but I am really addressing the Speaker.  I am not addressing the DPP people.  I am addressing the Speaker,” said Ghambi attracting murmurings.

The Speaker asked the House members not to point at the lawmaker, saying “if people’s fingers are itching, point at the Chair here.”

But DPP’s Mulanje West MP, Patricia Kaliati told the House that they were not pointing at the Karonga North MP but at an “intruder”.

Kaliati: Be observant in parliament

“Sometimes it is good to be observant when we are in here.  When people were looking at him, it was just a coincidence that he was speaking during that time but people were not pointing fingers at him,” said Kaliati.

“There was an intruder at the door and that is why people were pointing at him asking what he was doing here,” she added.

The Speaker noted that the so called intruder was a security man.

In his contribution to the budget, Ghambi commended the President Joyce Banda administration for winning the donor confidence within six weeks in power.

“We had a government in place where instead of bringing back donors, they were chasing donors,” he said.

“We had a budget last year; I was also in the same House, but look at how people suffered in this country. As Members of Parliament, it’s our intention that Malawi benefits from the donors, our people benefit from the government resources,” he added.

Ghambi was previously DPP lawmaker but declared himself independent and is supporting the de facto ruling People’s Party of President Banda.

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