Tempers flare in Malawi Parliament as elections reforms mover absent

Parliamentarians in parliament failed to pass the contentious election reforms bill on Thursday after Lilongwe south MP Peter Dimba who moved the motion was not in the House.

Kaliati: Dimba is not serious

The absence of Dimba in the House irked the government members of parliament who questioned the rationale of the importance of the bill when its mover is absent to conclude the motion.

Blantyre City Central MP described Dimba as immature, uncivilised and childish for being absent when he was supposed to conclude the motion.

This was after over a dozen members of parliament spoke on the contentious bill that has clearly divided the House on political line.

The opposition say the bill if passed into law would prevent and control vote thefts and election rigging whilst the government members of parliament say the contents of the bill are already been dealt with by the Malawi Law Society.

Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya said Dimba took leave of his office.

Information minister Patricia Kaliati said Dimba was not serious therefore asked the Speaker to strike it off.

However, Msowoya said bills can be under debate for long as long as it was within the year.

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