Lazarus Chakwera assents to 3 bills


President Lazarus Chakwera has assented to three out of 13 bills that Parliament passed in the last meeting during its 49th session.

The three bills include the Appropriation Bill; Bill No.27 of 2022 African Development Fund (Southern African Development Community) Sub-Regional Transport and Trade Facilitation Project) Loan authorisation; and International Development Association (Malawi Emergency Project to Protect Essential Health Services) Loan Authorisation.

The Appropriation Bill allows the Minister of Finance to utilise the reviewed financial budget tagged at K2.85 trillion.


Parliament spokesperson Ian Mwenye said Parliament has this month sent four bills to Chakwera for assent.

They include the Constitution Amendment, Public Auditor, Pension and Public Roads bills.

Mwenye said they are still cleaning the remaining six bills.


These are Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government Elections; Fertiliser, Protected Flags, Emblems and Names (Amendment); Electoral Commission (Amendment); and Penal Code (Amendment).

“We are still working on them,” he said

Presidential spokesperson Anthony Kasunda asked for ample time to comment on the matter.

The Constitution and Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government Elections bills provide a detailed process on how a second poll should be conducted in a presidential election where no candidate manages to achieve the majority of more than 50 percent in the first poll.

The pension bill provides for increasing the proportion of pension benefits to be paid as a lump sum at retirement from 40 to 50 percent and a reduction of waiting period on early payment of benefits.

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