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IT IS OFFICIAL—Nyirenda (right) swears in Malango

By Wezzie Gausi:

Chief Justice (CJ) Andrew Nyirenda has said newly sworn-in members of Parliament (MPs) must strive to know the Constitution of Malawi, Standing Orders of Parliament and other parliamentary laws.

Nyirenda was speaking Thursday in Lilongwe after the swearing-in ceremony of three newly elected MPs.

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He said for the three MPs to be successful in their role, they have to be conversant with laws.

The CJ said, apart from representing constituents, the MPs would also be making laws, which is key to the nation’s development agenda.

“Let me congratulate the three newly sworn in members of Parliament for their triumph. These MPs should remember the will of the people that voted them to Parliament,” he said.

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Leader of the House Richard Chimwendo Banda welcomed the new members to Parliament.

He said he was happy that the three were on the government side.

“Today, we have added three members to the government side; this is a good move. I am sure that the three will help in the promotion of the Tonse Alliance administration’s agenda,” Chimwendo Banda said.

Newly elected MP for Nkhotakota North East Overstone Kondowe said he was happy to be part of the august House.

He vowed to continue fighting for people with disability and the less privileged.

“I am happy to be here today and let people know that I will present what they want and stand for,” Kondowe said.

On October 26 2021, the Malawi Electoral Commission conducted by-elections in Mzimba East Constituency, Nkhotakota North-east Constituency and Dedza Central Constituency. It also conducted a Local Government by-election in Balaka South’s Chimwalira Ward.

Joshua Malango has been sworn in as MP for Dedza Central Constituency representing Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Wachepa Phiri as Alliance for Democracy legislator for Mzimba East Constituency while Kondowe is MP for Nkhotakota North East Constituency on MCP ticket.

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