Members of Parliament in Malawi have shown their trust and commitment to the country’s leader of opposition, Dr. Lazurus Chakwera by being attentive throughout the time he delivered his speech in the August House, Monday May 22, 2016, despite being a tough day to nearly every person as it is that people just come from the weekend.
Dr. Chakwera, who is President of the Malawi congress party (MCP) delivered his speech in the afternoon, another time whereby many people find it difficult to concentrate as they are fresh from lunch and require some siesta. But it never was, as was the case with the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leader, Professor Arthur Mutharika.
During the State of National Address (SONA) by Mutharika, his own Leader of the House, the trusted Dr. George Chaponda, truthfully led Members of Parliament in taking a nap while the country’s president was delivering his speech.
Commentators have aired different views as to why Chaponda could take that noble task of leading the Honourable Members into that involuntary boycott to listening to the State of national Address by sleeping in full view of Tv cameras.
“Ntchito za manja a Chakwera zawachitira umboni,” said one woman in Blantyre, referring to the huge cloud that also gathered at Chilobwe Centre listening to Times radio, while others were viewing he live proceedings on ZBS.
In his speech, whose theme is “Dzukani A Malawi”, Dr. Chakwera rebuked the Parliamentarians who do not perform the wishes of the people who two years braved the winter mornings of May to exercise their constitutional right to choose those who should govern them.
He reminded the House that the MPs are in the National Assembly as a result of that sacred choice and they should all count themselves privileged to be entrusted with running the affairs of Malawi.
“As such, it must be remembered that we are not here to warm the chairs; we are not here to fight for our political agendas; we are not here to accumulate allowances; we are not here for the cameras; we are not here to be thoughtless hand-clappers,” said Dr. Chakwera.
And to show his concern about last week’s scenario of MPs sleeping while the State president was holding the floor, the Leader of Opposition Parties said: “Yes, Mr. Speaker Sir, I dare say that even if we feel that the President’s speech before this honorable house was no better than a make-believe and uninspiring bed-time story, we are not here to sleep.”
EXTRACTS FROM THE SPEECH TO FOLLOW: