State House, MPs draw battle lines over Clerk of Parliament Kalemba

State House is urging women lobby groups to rise up and protest against four legislators who are blocking the swearing in of Fiona Kalemba as Clerk of Parliament, saying this male chauvinism must by condemned.

Fiona Kalemba: New Clerk of Parliament came distant third in the interviews

Fiona Kalemba: New Clerk of Parliament came distant third in the interviews

However, one of the members who sought a court injunction to block the swearing in of Kalemba, Kamlepo Kalua said this issue is about human rights, wondering why President Peter Mutharika picked a third candidate in the interviews conducted by the Parliamentary Service Commission.

“This is a human rights issue. We will report the government to the UN, African Union, Comesa, European Union and other human rights bodies if government does not rescind its decision,” he said.

Kalua said it was surprising that the president left out Charles Mkandawire who came first during the interviews, worse left out Grace Malera who came out second in the interviews.

However, presidential advisor on civil society groups and NGOs, Mabvuto Bamusi insisted the president looked at professional merit and experience.

More so, he said, the President wants to promote women into decision making positions of the society.

“Women groups, where are you, Gender Coordinating Network, condemn the action by the four MPs, protest. These four MPs don’t want women to rise up the ladders,” said Bamusi.

President Mutharika appointed Kalemba as clerk of parliament, saying she is professional and has vast experience in bill drafting, one of the prerequisite qualifications.

However in parliament, People’s Party leader Uladi Mussa alleged the president made the appointment out of nepotism and tribalism, an allegation trashed by Mutharika who said he does not even know where Kalemba comes from.

Other MPs who took the injunction are Enoch Chihana, Harry Mkandawire and Peter Chakwantha.

Chihana said the legislators are not against Kalemba as an individual but the system and wants justice on the matter.

The Republican Constitution provides that the Parliamentary Service Commission, headed by Speaker of the National Assembly, should provide three names of possible candidates to the head of state upon which the president shall appoint one person.

Chancellor College Political scientist Blessings Chinsinga has since asked for a Constitutional change, saying it is bizarre for the head of the executive arm of government to appoint a chief executive of a separate arm of government, the National Assembly.

Minister of Justice Samuel Tembenu said the state would vacate the court injunction, saying among other things, the four MPs have no powers to take the injunction because they do not have interest in the matter since none of them is a member of the Parliamentary Service Commission, a parliamentary body mandated to hire and fire National Assembly staff.

Some members of staff accused Speaker Richard Msowoya of nepotism and triabalism too, alleging he connived with a senior member from the Human Resources Department to arrange an interview through the Parliamentary Service Commission that suited Mkandawire.

Kalemba has not commented on the matter but she was introduced to the political leadership of the House on Thursday.

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Proffessor Weniweni
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.Pitala 40%
.Chilima 60%
.Ben 80%
What do you think to be the best selected according to the story or to parliamentary constitions
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Koma nanga ndichifukwa chiyani mumafuna mayina atatu?
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mukuyenela kuzikoza zimene m’malamulo yanu
ku parliamentko

kate
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I AM A LADY LIKE FIONA BUT I AM NOT SUPPORTING HER APPOINTMENT. ACTUALY AM ANGRY WITH MUTHARIKA. HOW CAN HE PICK A THIRD PERSON IN THE INTERVIEW LEAVING THE 1ST AND 2ND PERSON? KODI MA INTERVIEWS AMAYENDA CHONCHI? THIS IS TOTAL RUBBISH. MMENE MUNABELA MAVOTI MUKUPITILIZA KUBA? VERY IDIOTIC PRESIDENT. THIS IS ANOTHER INTERVIEW GATE. FIONA NGATI UMAPEMPHERA PLZ UYIKANE APPOINTMENT IMENEYI. TELL THE PRESIDENT KUTI AKUCHITITSA MANYAZI KU DZIKO LONSE PANJIRA YOTI AKUSANKHA PAMENE UNALEPHERA INTERVIEW. THIS IS A BIG EMBARASSMENT. BECAREFUL! my free advice is this “ANYTHING THAT STARTS DUBIOUSLY ENDS DUBIOUSLY”.

kaka
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zili kupariament nepotism,racism kkkkk.my free advance to you peter chakhwatha do nt be rush as kamulepos,harry be calm like njovuyalema.behave as learned lawyer. .mukapiliza phuma imeneyi come 2019 kaya?

Stevie
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I have heard that the law states clearly that three names are presented to His Excellency to pick one of them, so why are you all crying here like babies? Is Muthalika the one who made the law? Does the law state that number one takes the job? I think/guess you who are saying all sorts of things dont think straight. maybe muli ndi ma agenda ena oti enafe sitikuwadziwa. Otherwise Muthalika is following the law (has acted within the law itself). No qualms, no bad-mouthing each other mpaka nepotism, tribalism…etc. Change the law first and accuse Muthalika then and… Read more »
willybetha
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She deserves this appointment though analakwa interview experience inalephera kuwathandiza.ntchito iwalaka away.

Jackson White
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Atumbuka mudzikhutitsidwa…The outgoing COP….Roosevelt Gondwe wa Mtumbuka…Pano Speaker ndi Mtumbuka…Ndiye COP wina Mtumbukanso?

Kamunoli
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People must fight for their economic freedom of which the leader has failed them

mbi
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Why should this be a gender issue? if it were why not lobby then for the second placed who is also a woman. Third? NO.

Fiona
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Fiona is mahope a Peter Mathanyula. He says Getrude is just too tiny for him kkkkkkk!! A Getu akulandani banja Fiona lili phweee!! Why recommend for interviews in the first place when you had someone in mind already? Malawians lets condemn this in the strongest terms from the imbecile president. Zimachitikanso in companies inviting applications just to cover up when they already have one in mind amene waaonetsa mwendo. Malawi will never develop. If you want a woman, then Grace is the right one here!

Jappie mhango's niece
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Jappie mhango's niece

Nepotism aside, but you will always be beaten by northerners. If you want to advance women, the Grace should be the CoP, period. Why take a failure in this matter? Even a std 6 can decide but definitely not Fiona!! Bamusi you are just as mad a dog like your master!

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