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Members of Parliament should be ashamed

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It is quite disheartening to hear that Parliament chamber in Lilongwe will soon be fitted with high technology gadgets that aim at checking the number of Members of Parliament (MPs) reporting for deliberations.

This is, according to Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya, an effort to curb absenteeism that has reached worrying levels.

But how does it feel to the MPs that they should be forced to do the job they were employed to undertake?

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How much love-for-our-country DNA still runs in the country’s MPs’ veins?

In fact, anywhere in the world, employees who fail to perform on their duties are axed.

But it seems our MPs touched by the most shameful behaviour in the history of the country seem to live in a different world where facing the full wrath of justice seems most distant, uncertain and not part of the terms of reference for the job they were hired to do and seem always allowed to live another day.

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MPs in essence were supposed to be exemplary in executing their duties just as they were supposed to meaningfully and faithfully represent their constituents in the august House.

MPs are not a level of personality that should be whipped into the chamber, by high technology gadgets, like kindergarten learners.

If there is one reason this country stagnates in development it is lack of leadership with character.

Since the advent of multiparty politics, Malawi has been infested with thieves with no scintilla principles of masquerading as politicians. The MPs absent themselves from Parliament while enjoying allowances of which they have not worked for are a case in point.

But leadership entails having character, good judgement, integrity and being transparent and accountable to the populace on the premise that ‘public power’ is conferred on trust by the citizenry and that it must be exercised solely to protect and promote the interests of the citizenry.

The MPs, therefore, must be ashamed of their uncanny behaviour which has forced Parliament to resort to gadgets to force them to be in the chamber.

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