BREAKING: Parliament suspended: MPs want money


They continue to argue over conditions of service and this time around it went haywire and the speaker could not just desist from suspending the house.

The MPs have over the past week been in key serious arguments over the same issue.

Today, the arguments were fueled with the call that the conditions of service be discussed and reviewed.

Finance Minister was asked to them on the matter but when it was indicated he was not ready to, a call was made that the house be suspend.

And in the vote, which Deputy Speaker, Esther Mcheka Chilenje conducted, a majority voted for the house to go for suspension as the MPs said they will come back to parliament only when the issue they want is explained in the house.

Of key focus is a MK3 Million loan that every legislator is supposed to receive.

Malawi ParliamentMcheka Chilenje could not hold it and suspended the house ‘until further notice’.

Initially, Opposition legislators have asked the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) to furnish the conditions of service for cabinet ministers, accusing them of getting up to K7 million in discreet allowances.

This was after Dowa East MP Richard Chimwendo Banda made claims that the OPC offers the cabinet ministers a K5 million loan whoever applies for it, K1 million furniture loan and up to K1 million hotel allowance soon after they have been appointed to their position and K45 000 subsistence allowance whenever they follow the President on his official and political errands.

Malawi24 will keep you updated as this is a developing story.

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