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Lazarus Chakwera back in Parliament today

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President Lazarus Chakwera is today expected to make a second visit to the august House to answer questions from Members of Parliament (MPs).

“His Excellency Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President of the Republic of Malawi, will appear before Parliament and answer questions from Members of Parliament in the National Assembly,” reads a statement signed by Secretary to the President and Cabinet Zangazanga Chikhosi.

On September 10, Chakwera also appeared before Parliament where he among others responded to Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa’s arguments against his State of the Nation Address (Sona).

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In his responses, Chakwera hit back at Nankhumwa saying the former governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) deceived Malawians that they had set the pace for development.

“After all, Malawi is neither the Singapore nor the Europe that the DPP promised. One of the reasons that Malawians fired his party from the government is because it significantly slowed the pace of our development,” Chakwera charged.

The President also trashed Nankhumwa’s accusation that the Sona did not articulate the issue of risk allowances for teachers, saying it should be left to the government to deal with.

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“It is, therefore, amusing that even though he was a Cabinet minister a few months ago and supported the budget presented by his party, he did not, that time, have insight to include the risk allowances for teachers that he is now advocating for. His clarity of vision is only useful for looking back at his own failures and has no help in looking forward,” Chakwera said.

In an earlier interview, Executive Director of Centre for Social Accountability and Transparency, Willy Kambwandira, said it was encouraging that the President was committed to face Malawians and be held accountable for his actions and decisions.

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