UDF MPs relocate to govt benches in Malawi Parliament: Speaker says nothing wrong

United Democratic Front (UDF) members of Parliament (MPs) have been goven a go ahead to join their Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) counterparts on the government benches in Parliament, Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya has confirmed .

President Mutharika and Minister Atupele: Agenda for close working relation

President Mutharika and Minister Atupele: Agenda for close working relation

The UDF MPs will relocate to the government benches from Tuesday when Parliament reconvenes for national budget deliberations.

President Peter Mutharika is scheduled to open the Budget Meeting of Parliament this Tuesday. The 2015/16 budget sitting, will go on until July 3.

UDF whose leader Atupele Muluzi drafted in President Peter Mutharika’s Cabinet as Minister of Home Affair and Internal Security, requested the Speaker to relocate its 14 MPs to government benches to reflect the governing pact.

Speaker Msowoya confirmed the new sitting arrangement, saying UDF will not be contravening any law .

“UDF MPs will sit on the government side. The Attorney General [Kalekeni Kaphale] says there is nothing wrong for the members to ask to be moved and as a Speaker, any member is free in the chamber. So, as it stands, UDF MPs will now sit on government benches,” Speaker Msowoya said.

UDF chief whip in Parliament Lilian Patel said the move to relocate to government benches was agreed by the party.

Constitutional law expert Edge Kanyongolo, who is an associate professor of law at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, argued that there is no defection in the relocation as Section 65 did not refer to the physical movement of MPs in the House, but the act of leaving one political party to join another or an organisation whose objectives are political in nature.

UDF came to power in 1994 after defeating Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in 1994. It swept seats in the Southern Region and most seats in the Central Region. During the 1999 elections, UDF won 91 seats, but the figures continued to drop in the subsequent elections when it won 49 seats in 2004 and 16 in 2009.

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Mtoloboy
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There is evidence that Kamuzu anali dolo, koma dziko lino limandivetsa chisoni….. kaya tidikire tsiku lachiweruzo tiyiwale zotukula Malawi .

Mtewa
Guest

This merger will only make UDF MPs to be ‘yes bwanas’.No wonder because you are not there for best of the country but yourselves.Rule Lucius Banda rule for really you are only practicing what you have been preaching to your beloved country,Malawi.

zanimuone
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kutha kwa chipani ndikumeneko

Backiree Muludz
Guest

Umbuli still haunting UDF, Muluzi still destroying his party further. Lucius is now principled. Tiyeninazoni zikutherani, kutereku Atupele ukuona ngati a DPP ndi opusa, sakudziwa zomwe bambo akufuna? Tikuonani mmene mutaathere.

matchonisa
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Atupele paja ndi political condom ya Peter. Weak young Muluzi, no wander he will never rule Malawi.

Mjonanje
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Southerners dats the way to go. Watch out those against the merger ndi awa anzathu a kokoliko ndi odana ndi Chimwemwe mbusayu. Ndangodutsamo pepani

OGA MUST HEAR THIS
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PIPO MAKE THE GO SAY LIFE GOES ON NAWOO,ATUPELE U NO NO PLAY YO GAMES RYT MA BRO NOWOO YOU GO C NA U R A MASONOVANGALASH.

swadick
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za ziiiiii kungotipha mitu basi

OMEGA BEMA
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Omega 0999195520 – Atupele is just doin fine so that pple should know their true leader from God come 2019 is chakwera and mcp ,,he is greedy like his father

Vimbuza Masekese
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Now i know “TO BE POOR IS A CRIME”

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