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Speaker urges Members of Parliament to review old laws

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Speaker of the National Assembly, Richard Msowoya, has urged members of Parliament to continue reviewing outdated laws that are still guiding the country despite attaining multiparty democracy.

Msowoya on Monday told parliamentarians who were undergoing a two-week parliamentary training programme in Lilongwe that there are still provisions dating back to the one-party era which are still guiding the country and need to be reviewed to suit the current status.

“During the last parliamentary meeting we just reviewed the National Parks and Wildlife Act, that law was 15 to 20 years old and there are still provisions which only recognise that there was only one party. For those old laws, it is parliamentarians’ duty to review and identify areas of conflict within the provisions of law and bring amendments to the House,” he said.

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This is the sixth and last cohort to undergo the training that the Malawi Institute of Management (MIM) has been facilitating since the 2014 elections.

Msowoya further commended the training, saying it has brought improvement in the performance of Parliament.

He said legislators can bring before the House constructive arguments and issues that are of public interest.

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“The type and number of questions that the MPs ask have improved, the number of motions that they draft themselves has also increased and improved. Parliament this time has also brought in private members’ bills which is a landmark achievement,” he said.

MIM Executive Director, Precious Giva, said the training is a platform for generation and exchange of knowledge for the lawmakers to easily grasp and manage issues when presented before them.

“We are going to run modules in areas of integrity, professionalism ethics we will also train them, in parliamentary debates, communication management and public finance management so that they become all-rounders, when issues come to Parliament, they should be able to use expert knowledge to make comments,” Giva said.

One of the lawmakers undergoing the training, MP for Zomba Likangala Constituency, Peter Bvalani, said such trainings perfect their skills in transaction of business in the august House.

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