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Speaker curtails debate on Dausi’s statement

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Audrey Kapalamula:

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Speaker of the National Assembly, Catherine Gotani- Hara, Thursday restrained members of Parliament (MPs) from discussing Homeland Security Minister Nicholas Dausi’s statement on the status of national security.

Gotani-Hara said the statement, which Dausi made on June 14 2019, borders on issues that are before the Constitutional Court sitting in Lilongwe.

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“I have gone through the statement…Further to that, there are words like free and fair elections. Looking at the context of the minister’s statement and looking at how the statement was deliberated on Monday by the House, I have concluded that, in as far as the subjudice rule is concerned, the House will not be safe if it continues with deliberations on the statement,” she said.

In the statement, Dausi said opposition parties have been organising demonstrations, which have turned into violence, to pressurise the court to nullify May 21 presidential election results and force Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) Chairperson, Jane Ansah, to resign.

The ruling follows a Point of Order that Chitipa East MP Kezzie Msukwa raised on whether it was proper for the House to deliberate on Dausi’s statement.

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Malawi Congress Party President Lazarus Chakwera and UTM leader Saulos Chilima are challenging Mec’s decision to declare President Peter Mutharika the winner of the presidential election.

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