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MPs given three months on assets

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By Rebecca Chimjeka:

All members of Parliament (MPs) have been told to declare their assets within three months of taking oath of office.

Deputy Director of Public Officers’ Declarations of Assets office Michael Chiusiwa said this during the recently concluded five day orientation for newly elected MPs and those that have returned to Parliament.

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Chiusiwa stressed on the need for all MPs to declare assets to ensure accountability and protect integrity of politicians.

“Non-compliance with the law on declaration of assets by public servants is considered a civil offense whose ultimate penalty is dismissal from office by relevant bodies and institutions of government,” Chiusiwa said.

The law stipulates that defaulting officers be dismissed from public service if they are civil servants and those that become officers by virtue of holding political office.

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The 192 legislators, who were elected on May 21, will be sworn in office tomorrow and Tuesday and are expected to comply with the order to declare assets.

During the elections, voters elected 134 new faces, representing 68 percent. Only 64 former members of Parliament have made it back.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has 62 MPs, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has 55, independents are 55 in total, United Democratic Front (UDF) has 10 legislators, People’s Party (PP) has five, UTM Party four and Alliance for Democracy (Aford) one MP

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