– Responds to MPs queries in Parly
The Malawi leader on Thursday afternoon stormed Malawi Parliament where he responded to several questions members of Parliament raised in regards to his State of the Nation Address presented in Parliament last Monday.
Chakwera responded to leader of Opposition’s questions concerning risk allowances for teachers saying the opposition should leave this to his government which is already looking into this and he added that it is imperative for his government to go ahead and construct Parliamentary residences as this will save over MWK2 billion in the long run.
The Malawi leader also responded to Chikwawa North constituency member of Parliament on reduction of presidential powers saying he has taken away some of his ceremonial powers and administrative powers like the Chancellor of public universities.
Chakwera called Leader of Opposition in the house out of order on several occasions citing a selective reading like on expatriates working in our country as well as on principal secretaries challenging that he should bring the names of DPP principle secretaries as what he knows is that all people working in civil service are non political.
Chakwera again quashed Mzimba North comments that his cabinet members are getting bribes from Asians and challenged him to write him soon after his presentation of answers so that he can take action soonest.
Leader of UDF in the house raised comments on environmental activities that are catalogue to good development, Chakwera said he already met an environmentalist Professor Sosten Chiotha who shared with some better ways on how his government is going to take up measures of mitigating environmental degradation activities and how to conserve the environment.
Nkhotakota East Member of Parliament rose on supplementary question where she asked about the donor who is to build Parliamentary residences as well as on COVID-19 risk allowances to teachers and the president responded saying his government has not identified any financer on Parliamentary residences and this will be discussed after once the budget is passed.
He further said government is already looking into teachers welfare with a holistic approach that will see his government giving teachers a deal that will make them happy regardless of COVID-19 or not.
Machinga Likweni member of Parliament raised a question concerning Attorney General’s advice on second entry, transfer and dismissals of public servants and Chakwera said PSR provides for what is required in the Civil service and transfers, secondments and termination of contracts follows constitutional order and the president has no mandate to put the Attorney General office under arms as it was in the previous regime.
Mangochi Monkey Bay legislator Ralph Jooma asked for clarification on scrupulous traders in Affordable Inputs Program and the president responded similarly to how the minister of Agriculture presented in the chamber on Wednesday that no any corrupt practices will be entertained in this AIP.
Second turn of supplementary questions was opened by Salima North West Parliamentarian who asked on cancer Centre under construction and the Malawi leader assured that work of finalizing this project is at an advanced stage and this cancer centre will be finished by December this year.
Lilongwe South MP Peter Dimba rose to ask on what government intends to do to recover money that were stolen by Dpp sympathizers and Chakwera highlighted that cases are already in courts and government will simply expedite court
Kamlepo Kalua of Rumphi East asked about how government is going to restore the lost glory of Malawi County including Press Trust where he feels was dubiously acquired from the owner and dubiously managed and the Malawi leader hinted that he has no capacity to dictate what the Parliament intends to discuss and the issue of Press Trust remains as it is unless Parliament considers passing laws that can change the status quo.
He added that his government will try to bring in a comprehensive way of bringing in a reconciliatory platform that will resonate well with section 13 of Malawi constitution.
Leader of the opposition in the house raised a question on Malawi Electoral Commissioners and asked for clarity on whether his government is Tonse government or MCP government taking into consideration that he focuses much on Chakwera Hi5 and the presidents responded to Nankhumwa that he has nothing to do with the commissioners as this has to yo be driven by the people, not he himself as a president as he only deals with things that come to him as an appointing authority.
He added that all manifestos especially of Malawi Congress Party and UTM party as all these are under the umbrella of Chakwera Hi5 values.
MCP leader went further to respond to the respond to the question that was ruled out of order where Kondwani Nankhumwa asked something outside the SONA about the whereabouts of other Tonse Alliance leaders like Khumbo Kachali, Dr John Chisi and et. al saying these leaders are here in Malawi and they have some roles they are playing in building a new Malawi.
Chakwera challenged the backbenchers that Tonse Alliance has come to stay and it will never break
Since the onset of Malawi Parliament in democratic despensation, it is of the first kind for the president to appear before the Parliament to answer questions from members of the August House