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By Macdonald Thom:

FIRST FEEL—Nancy Mdooko, another first-timer, takes oath of office Monday

There was cheering at Parliament Building in Lilongwe Monday as new members of Parliament (MPs) were sworn in into office.

The function, presided over by Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda, saw 65 MPs taking oath of office and allegiance in the first half of the day and 64 more later in the day.

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People from constituencies across the country thronged Parliament Building to cheer their respective parliamentarians. Some ululated. Some sang in praise of their representatives.

Dowa South East MP, Halima Daudi, said she would continue from where she stopped in 2014.

“People should expect more development initiatives. I have been voted in again because of what I was doing from 2009 to 2014, development projects that were being implemented in the constituency. I had a small break from 2014 to 2019. People should expect a lot,” Daudi said.

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Lilongwe Msozi North MP, Sosten Gwengwe, said he would consult his constituents on what they want to be done in the constituency.

“I know they have got expectations from me. You can never do this job alone. I have always worked with the people, because you will be surprised that the people we serve in the villages have a lot of insights but they cannot come here. I am just a representative but we will be sitting down with the people to chart the way forward with our development plans and see how we can move forward in the next five years,” Gwengwe said.

Mwanza Central MP, Nicholas Dausi, who is returning to the House after a five-year break, thanked people of the constituency for electing him.

“I would like to assure the people of Mwanza Central Constituency who have elected me as a Member of Parliament that I will do everything to the best of my ability to serve them, so that their aspirations, their intentions, their ideals, their vision, their wishes are achieved through our coordination,” Dausi said.

Nkhata Bay South East MP, Noah Chimpeni, said people in his constituency should expect continuation of the projects he started.

“First of all, I should thank the people of my constituency for trusting me for the second time to represent them. They should expect more of what we were doing, continuation of same and additional of some new things. There are things that we promised; we will definitely do those things,” Chimpeni said.

The ceremony started with the swearing in of Kasungu South MP, Simplex Chithyola. A total of 129 MPs were sworn in.

Some notable MPs sworn in during the first half of the day were Malawi Congress Party president, Lazarus Chakwera and former speaker of Parliament, Henry Chimunthu Banda, who won parliamentary elections in Lilongwe North West and Nkhokakota North, respectively.

Some 63 MPs are expected to be sworn in today.

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