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Govt sees no reason for President to appear in parliament – Viola


Government has said it sees no single reason for the country’s President to appear in parliament where only four Members of parliament want to ask him questions.

Speaking in an interview the President’s spokesperson Gerrard Viola said that it is not on for Peter Mutharika to address only four MP’s.

“It is not justifiable for him to appear in parliament because of issues that are to do with constituencies.

” If the matters raised were of national importance i believe the speaker could have called him to address such matters,” said Viola.

Viola added that the President is exercising his powers within the constitution of Malawi.

“As per the constitution the President is supposed to appear once at the opening of parliament and may be twice only if the issues that needs his redress are of national importance.

“He does not answer questions from MPs because that task is for the ministers who are readly available in parliament,” be said.

Recently, Political analysts expressed dismay over Peter Mutharika’s decision to send his usual ministers to parliament on his behave while what the citiizenry wanted was for the President to face MPs inorder to answer questions and give solutions to the country’s challenges as requeststed by the lawmakers.

Chancellor College based political analyst, Enerst Thindwa said the President was no longer playing servant to Malawians.

“He is there to represent and serve us and whenever we need his input he is supposed to be there because that is what we elected him to do.

“When you employ a person it is expected of him to do what his job requires and when he or she c following your orders he or she becomes useless ,” he said.

Thindwa added that the President was afraid to appear in parliament because he would not be able to answer questions that MPs had for him or may be he was afraid he did not have clues or suggestions on how to solve the country problems.

Speaking on the same PP spokesperson Ken Msonda said that the President was sorrounded by liers in the name of ministers who lie to him that all is well in Malawi.

“The ministers are failing to answer questions in parlimemt that is why MPs wanted the President since the ministers take orders from him. It is obvious they lie to him and may be he is not fully aware of the challenges Malawi is going through.

“If he came to parliament he could have had a clear picture of how this country has been messed up under his leadership, ” he said.

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