Breaking News:

Big Issue Slide, Big Issues, News

Parliament gives APM 14 days to ascent to ATI bill


President, Peter Mutharika has signed all bills that were passed in parliament expect the Acces To Information bill and in the meantime parliament has given him 14 days to sign the ATI bill into a law.

Speaking in an interview Parliament spokesperson, Leanard Mengezi said that the bill was sent to the President last week and he has almost 14 days left to sign it into a law.

“The bill was sent late compared to other bills that have been ascented. The ATI bill was being amended at Judiciary as parliament proposed, so as of now it is in the hands of the President and we believe by the end of these two weeks he will make his stand known on the matter as the first seven days have already gone,” he said.

Mengezi added that the Judiciary has already done a great job and now it is up to the President to give Malawians the freedom to access information or make them wait longer.

Recently, President Mutharika was warned that failure to ascent to the Access to Information bill might lead to his impeachment as stipulated in the constitution of the country.

Chancellor College associate Law proffessor, Edge Kanyongoro said that the President had two chances to ascent to the bill or face the wrath of the constitution.

“Every bill that has been passed by parliament the President can only refuse to ascent to it once.

“What happens is that if he is not okay with the bill then he sends it back to parliament for amendments then after that parliament sends it back to the President and at this time he has no choice but to sign it into a law.

“If he is still reluctant to sign then parliament has the power to impeach him because as per the contiturion any unconstitutional behaviour by the President is tantamount to impeachment,” he added.

Related Posts

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Saulos Chilima: A masqueraded Messiah or a devil not yet known?

    Frank Kamanga Historically, in the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed is king. This is probably why -and it is a worldwide phenomenon- desperate peoples around the globe are hanging by the slenderest of threads, putting their hope and trust in figures that either present themselves, or are being portrayed as modern-age “Messiahs”, vowing to…

  • Mrs Mia inspires DPP senior officials

    In a leaked whatsapp conversation among DPP gurus the blue officials said they wish Mrs Abida Mia who has a hardworking spirit was in their team. The DPP officials which include; Ben Phiri, Ngeme Kalilani and Nicholas Dausi just to mention a few said Abida Mia is an insiration to all women in politics. One…

  • FLASH BACK: Kaliati and cadets strip Eastern Region Chief naked, dethrone him

    By Nyasa Times Published: June 6, 2011 Chief Mponda of Nsamala Village in Balaka district, who claim to have been paraded naked by Democratic Progressive Party DPP) Youth Cadets last month, has cried foul over the news that he has been stripped off his chieftaincy. Mponda was beaten up, rubbed down with buffalo beans (chitedze)…

  • DPP, UTM wrestle over corruption evidence

    Two of Malawi’s political parties; the United Transformation Party (UTM) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) are pointing fingers at each other over corruption allegations. DPP’s Nicholas Dausi said that Chilima’s secrets will be revealed if he continues to talk ill about the DPP. “He has skeletons in his wardrobe, but he is busy talking…

  • Buleya Lule was electrocuted, assaulted

    Malawi’s Forensic Pathologist and Clinical Forensic Physician, Charles Dzamalala has released results of the medical investigation on the death of Buleya Lule, a suspect in the abduction of Dedza boy born with albinism. Buleya Lule died suddenly on Wednesday, 21st February 2019 while in Police custody after being arrested when he was being suspected to…

  • JB tells govt to speak out on Buleya

    The former President of the country, Joyce Banda has urged government to speak out on how a susppect who was accused of taking a role in the abduction of people living with albinism  died in Police custody. The former President said Malawians need answers on Buleyas death. “This man who died mysteriously in the hands…