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Lazarus Chakwera back in Parliament October 21

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President Lazarus Chakwera is expected back in Parliament on October 21 to answer questions from members of the august House, Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara has said.

This will be the second time in 40 days that Chakwera will be facing the lawmakers.

The second appearance comes at a time the Tonse Alliance government has just passed the 100 days mark in power.

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Gotani Hara said her office received a total of nine questions from Chitipa South, Zomba Chisi, Nkhotakota North East, Balaka West, Nsanje North, Zomba Lisanjala and Zomba Central.

“After examining the questions, the Business Committee of Parliament agreed to send the questions to the Office of the President and Cabinet for the President to come to Parliament on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 2 pm to give answers to the questions,” Gotani Hara said.

The last time Chakwera appeared in Parliament on September 10, he had an easy ride in responding to Leader of Opposition, Kondwani Nankhumwa’s, arguments against his State of the Nation address and answering with ease and confidence all questions MPs asked him.

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Chakwera, who had put much seriousness in his responses, hit back at Nankhumwa for apparently deceiving Malawians that his Democratic Progressive Party had set the pace of development.

However, this time, it is expected to be a different ball game for the president since a lot has happened in recent days.

Just last Friday, Chakwera got a backlash from women activists who accused the Tonse Alliance government of paying lip service to issues of development of women.

The women, who staged nationwide protests, accused Chakwera of not appointing enough women in parastatal boards which were announced recently.

But reacting to the demonstrations Monday, State House Director of Communications Sean Kampondeni said Chakwera encourages Malawians to protest where things are not working.

Kampondeni said the President would like to see Malawians expressing displeasure where things are not working as one way of promoting change.

He added that Chakwera is eagerly waiting to receive the petition from the women and to engage in dialogue so that the issues can be addressed.

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