Speaker’s missing gown delays House meeting: Minister Tembenu quizzed on Malawi courts strike

Members of parliament were on Thursday delayed by at least 15 minutes as Speaker Richard Msowoya could not come on time.

Speaker Msowoya: Delayed because of missing gown

As soon as he sat on his chair, Msowoya apologised for the delay, saying his gown which he puts on when chairing the meeting of parliament went missing.

“I had to look for it because I wanted to put it on today,” said Msowoya,  who is always on the dot during meetings of parliament.

As soon as he took his seat, serious business started as the legislators took Justice and Constitutional minister Samuel Tembenu to task over the strike by court magistrates.

Tembenu assured the House that the magistrates would be going back to work after Treasury has released the money.

He said Treasury has already released the money and what was left was for the ministry of Justice to write the magistrates, assuring them that the money for the housing allowances and arrears would be given this month end.

Tembenu said this process should not take more than a day.

The magistrates downed tools demanding the housing allowances and arrears and threatened High Court judges were ready to join the strike as a matter of solidarity.

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2 thoughts on “Speaker’s missing gown delays House meeting: Minister Tembenu quizzed on Malawi courts strike”

  1. Maliseni says:

    WHEN A COUNTRY IS RULED BY ITS COLONIAL MASTERS SPEAKERS GOWN CAN DELAY VERY VITAL DISCUSSIONS IN OUR NATIONAL ASSEMBLY. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET RID OF NON MALAWIAN TRADITIONAL AND PRACTICES IN OUR NATIONAL ASSEMBLY AND ADOPT MALAWIAN SYSTEMS AND VALUES. WHY SHOULD OUR MPs DENIED TO DRESS AS MALAWIAN? WHY SHOULD THEY DENY ME ENTRY INTO PARLIAMENT BECAUSE OF NOT PUTTING ON A NECT TIE? THIS IS HOW FOOLISH WE MALAWIANS ARE.

    ITS TIME WE OPT TO PROMOTE MALAWIANISM, LOOK AS SOUTH AFRICA, THEY NOW HAVE THEIR OWN HOME GROWN INITIATIVES INCLUDING NAMES. FOR HOW LONG WILL OUR PARLIAMENT BEHAVE, DRESS AND CONDUCT ITS AFFAIRS AS BRITONS WHEN WE ARE MALAWIANS.

    WAKE UP MALAWI, WAKE UP MPS AND VOTE FOR CHANGE OF ALL PROCEDURES AND SYSTEMS THAT ARE NOT MALAWIAN.

  2. PPK says:

    So the Executive was waiting for strike/sit in by the judiciary staff for them to release the money for house allowance???? Whats the meaning of this?? This government goes to office every day to do what?? if they have to wait for strikes to implement decisions. Shame!

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