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Malawi government wants to impeach Speaker, says MCP

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The Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Thursday claimed it has information that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) wants to use the 46th Session of Parliament scheduled to start Friday to impeach Speaker Richard Msowoya.

Addressing the media in Lilongwe, MCP Public Relations Officer (PRO), Alekeni Menyani, said such threats to oust the Speaker will not derail them in their quest to speak for the ordinary Malawian.

“We have been reliably informed by our intelligence but we are not scared. We know that they want to intimidate us so that we should chicken out and fail to perform our oversight function. But we cannot be cowed out. We are the last hope of Malawians and cannot afford to fail Malawians,” said Menyani.

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Efforts to get a comment from government spokesperson Jappie Mhango and Leader of the House Francis Kasaila proved futile as their phones went unanswered despite several attempts.

However, Msowoya faced impeachment threats during the previous sitting of the House following the way he handled a petition to declare seats of 11 United Democratic Front MPs who were deemed to have crossed the floor for moving to government benches.

In an interview at that time, Kasaila refused to specifically comment on the alleged plot but said Msowoya could be impeached if he kept stepping on people’s toes.

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He, therefore, cautioned the Speaker to tread carefully when making rulings on matters of such importance.

However, Menyani maintains that the DPP did not give up on their earlier plot and would want to use the alleged reports of abuse of funds at the National Assembly as justification to impeach Msowoya.

Meanwhile, MCP president Lazarus Chakwera and Speaker Richard Msowoya have volunteered to hand in their official vehicles following recent comments by government on the procurement of the cars.

Chakwera and Msowoya have recently came under attack from government officials following revelations that Parliament blew over K300 million on four top-of-the-range vehicles which were allocated to the Speaker, his two deputies and the Leader of Opposition.

Government spokesperson Mhango recently attacked the leadership at the National Assembly, saying they are selfish for going ahead with the purchase at a time when the economy is sailing through troubled waters.

But Menyani, who at the press briefing was flanked by other officials, including Publicity Secretary Jessie Kabwila, Deputy Publicity Secretary Amon Nkhata, Regional Campaign Director (Centre) Madalitso Kazombo and Director of Youth Lois Chakwantha, said the DPP is being selective with justice. He claimed that Chakwera and Msowoya are being attacked because they are MCP members Said Menyani: “If people feel selectively [that] only the Speaker and Leader of Opposition should bring back these cars, then let’s do that. But in the spirit of justice, equality, then we have information that there are 240 such vehicles (bought through Toyota Malawi), others much bigger. For instance, the Mayor of the city of Lilongwe is using a much bigger vehicle than the Leader of Opposition. Why is it that the nation does not want to recall these vehicles as well?”

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