Uladi demands explaination why Mutharika has not assented Information Bill into law

President Peter Mutharika has not assented to the Access to Information (ATI) Bill into law, Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya announced to the House on Monday,  promptiong acting leader of opposition Peoples Party (PP) Uladi Mussa demanding  an explaination from government.

Uladi: Why President Mutharia has not signed ATI Bill

The Speaker in his announcement said the Head of State  has approved 12 of the 13 bills MPs passed during the previous sitting in December 2016 and that they were waiting for the President to sign the ATI Bill.

But Mussa queried why President Mutharika,  who threatened on numerous occasions that he would veto toan amended  ATI Bill,  has  not assented  to the bill.

“The bill was passed alongside others, why is it not signed,” Mussa said.

But Speaker Msowoya said ATI Bill needed to be cleaned following amendments introduced in the House before it was sent to the Head of State and that delayed the process

“There were several amendment to the bill thats why the bill delayed [to be submitted to State House],” said the Soeaker.

He assured legislators that they should not be worried, “the bill has not passed the 21-day period that is given after it is presented to the President.”

Mutharika has reportedly assented to four money bills which have since been gazetted while the majority of the bills, Bills, which have since been gazetted include African Development Fund (Agricultural Infrastructure and Youth in Agribusiness Project) Loan Authorisation Bill, Export and Import Bank of China (National Fibre Backbone Project) Loan Authorisation Bill, International Development Association (Second Additional Financing for Strengthening Safety Nets Systems Project-Fourth Malawi Social Action Fund (Masaf IV) Loan Authorisation Bill and International Development Association (Malawi Drought Recovery and Resilience Project) Loan Authorisation.

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Independent Diplomat
Independent Diplomat
7 years ago

Uladi is a fool. So dull. Madrass Teacher !! Shit !! We need a replacement in PP. iS AN EMPTY TIN,

Yahya Jammeh
7 years ago

Whether he likes it or not Mutharika will assent to the ATI bill without which Parliament can begin the impeachment process which he is very much aware of. So Uladi, no need to panic and don’t make noise for the sake of it. Your query is childish and lacks merit – it would have made political sense if you queried after 21 days as schooled by the Speaker. In 2019 you will flop, an educated young woman who has been inspired by Kabwila Chisale is coming to your constituency to fight for the parliamentary seat. I will rule Gambia for… Read more »

7 years ago

All loans make sense to you. No loan can be queried. Our future is in trouble

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