Opposition parties in Malawi have called the Speaker of Nation Assembly to act on two deputy speakers who were unlawfully claiming house rent from the public purse.
According to an investigation, the two, Clement Chiwaya and Esther Chilenje, stay in their houses where they are entitled to K250 000 per month as house allowance.
However, they were getting K550 000 every month on the pretext that they were staying in rented houses.
Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya says the law is silent on how to deal with stray speakers or deputy speakers.
Msowoya further said the power to discipline the speaker and deputy speakers rests with the National Assembly.
In reaction, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) veteran politician Joseph Njobvuyalema called on the speaker to act accordingly.
“This is an administrative issue, I don’t think someone should be in dilemma because of this matter,” said Njobvuyalema.
However, People’s Party (PP) leader in Parliament Uladi Mussa said the two should refund the money they have been unlawfully claiming.
Parliamentary Service Commission(PSC) wrote the two that they will be getting K250,000 a month with effective September.
Legal expert, Justin Dzonzi has since argued that the resolution by PSC would be a great disservice to taxpayers if it means merely correcting the anomaly without imposing extreme measures.
Dzonzi further said the two should be impeached following their “criminal offences by their action”.