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Public Affairs Committee meets Speaker on MSB sale


The Public Affairs Committee (Pac) says it will today meet the Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya to, among others, learn how the Malawi Bavings Bank (MSB) sale has been handled by Parliament.

President Peter Mutharika was under fire from various commentators for failing to tackle the MSB issue in his State of the Nation Address which he delivered in Parliament last week.

But Leader of the House, Francis Kasaila, defended the President, saying the matter will be handled by Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe.

“There are so many emerging issues and the sale of MSB is one of them. That is why we want to meet the Speaker to hear more on this issue,” he said.

Pac Executive Director Robert Phiri said in an interview on Monday that apart from the MSB sale, another issue to be discussed is Section 65.

“Pac will engage the Speaker on May 12 2015 at 2.30 pm, at National Assembly to follow up on issues surrounding Section 65, [since] the latter has been one of the 19 issues raised by presidential candidates in 2014 elections.

“Secondly, the presidential candidates committed themselves and agreed with Pac that implementation of Section 65 has not been successful in many cases, citing that Speakers’ hands are tied up,” Phiri said.

He said Pac will not leave any stone unturned until implementation of Section 65 of the Republican Constitution prevails.

Phiri also indicated that they want to discuss the coalition between the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the United Democratic Front.

“Pac wishes to gain more understanding in terms of the processes that will be followed in dealing with the issue of DPP/UDF coalition in Parliament,” he said.

The quasi-religious organisation also had a meeting with Msowoya on February 19 this year where they, among others, discussed the implication of the DPP and UDF coalition in the face of Section 65.

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