The Malawi Government is receiving calls from Civil Society groupings to consider slicing the number of constituencies from 193 to 100.
The call has been tilted to the current economic woes and misunderstandings that have ensured between Members of Parliament (MPs) and Ward Councillors.
Earlier this week the Citizen Alliance, an umbrella body of several civil society organizations officials held a meeting with the Speaker of the National Assembly, Richard Msowoya together with other leaders in the August House where the organization argued for the reduction.
Executive secretary for Citizen Alliance Wilson Asidu, argued with Msowoya and the others that neighboring Zambia, whose currency has however been falling at a fast pace recently, has 158 members of parliament yet Malawi is five times the size of Zambia.
The grouping also cited gave an example of South Africa which has 300 legislators yet the population is higher than that of the rainbow nation.
They also cited an example of the United States of America which has 500 senators yet Malawi is over 30 times the size of America.
Asidu said the huge number of parliamentarians has a huge negative effect on the Malawi economy, saying chopping off the 93 legislators would save Malawi of billions of money needed in the rapidly collapsing public health sector and other critical public sectors now in shambles due to the bad economic situation in the country.
The grouping believes that the trimming will let the ward councillors handle development projects in their respective areas whilst members of parliament just concentrate on law making and oversight functions
Malawi24 has been highly informed that Msowoya trashed the call on the basis that the lawmakers and ward councillors all have various roles.
The Speakers reportedly However, Speaker Richard Msowoya dismissed this idea out rightly, saying councillors and members of parliament do different jobs altogether.
The Malawi parliament has been under heavy criticism for what locals term as ‘useless’ debate in the August House.
Recently, legislators in the house were involved in a stand off after the opposition side did not want to concede defeat on a vote in which every Member of Parliament present in the house participated in.