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Lazarus Chakwera faces MPs Thursday

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President Lazarus Chakwera is expected to go to the august House tomorrow to answer questions from Members of Parliament (MPs) regarding the running of state affairs, we have established.

Chakwera will be the second President of Malawi in multiparty democracy to go to Parliament to answer questions after Bakili Muluzi also had a stint with the lawmakers but indefinitely suspended the arrangement.

State House Press Secretary, Brian Banda, confirmed in an interview that Chakwera will be in Parliament Tuesday from 2 in the afternoon.

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“This is in fulfiment of his promise to govern by the rule of law,” Banda said.

Social Commentator, Moses Mkandawire, has since hailed Chakwera for taking “the bold step” in enhancing accountability of his government.

Mkandawire said by appearing and answering questions from the lawmakers, the President is sending a strong message that the current government has nothing to hide.

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“It is a question of accountability because our MPs are representative in nature. Above that, they also provide an oversight role to the Executive branch of government. Therefore, for the President who is the head of the Executive branch of government to come and appear before Parliament, I think it is a welcome development,” Mkandawire said.

Speaking when he delivered his first State of the Nation Address on Friday, Chakwera promised to appear before the current session of Parliament three times.

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