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The Business Committee of Parliament has agreed that the upcoming meeting of Parliament will, apart from discussing the budget, handle five bills that were discussed during the mid-term budget meeting.

President Peter Mutharika is expected to open the meeting Friday.

The five bills include Constitutional Amendment Bill, Public Audit Bill, Political Parties Bill, Pesticides Bill and the Disposal of Assets and Public Procurement Bill.

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Leader of the House, Kondwani Nankhumwa, has said Parliament has not received new bills from government ministries.

“Other issues to be tackled are the usual ministerial statements, committee reports and private members motions,” he said.

Nankhumwa said Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Goodall Gondwe, will deliver the 2017/2018 budget on Friday, May 19, 2017.

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“As per standing orders, Members of Parliament will go for a cluster for a period of two weeks after the Minister of Finance delivers the budget statement in the House,” he said.

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