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Parliament won’t summon Timothy Mtambo—Speaker

First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Madalitso Kazombo, has said the august House will not summon Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) Chairperson, Timothy Mtambo, for allegedly calling Members of Parliament ‘childish’.

“We have no evidence where he made such remarks in this House, so we may not summon him,” Kazombo told the lawmakers in Lilongwe Tuesday.

Kazombo was responding to a question from Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology, Mark Botomani, who asked the Office of the Speaker to update Parliament on his earlier call for Parliament to summon Mtambo to apologise to Parliament or any of its committees for making such remarks to the media last week.

“I want to know, First Deputy Speaker, the update from your office regarding summoning Timothy Mtambo who called us childish in this House,” Botomani said.

Mtambo said he was not happy with the behaviour of some legislators for rejecting elections bills which has since been passed in Parliament.

Mtambo last week said he cannot apologise for the remarks he made to the media after making an appearance at the public gallery of Parliament Building alongside his deputy Gift Trapence to observe proceedings.

HRDC had threatened to hold a vigil at Parliament if the legislators had not passed the Presidential and Parliamentary Election Act Amended Bill.

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