Forget party politics in Parliament – Mutharika

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President Peter Mutharika has warned Members of Parliament (MPs) against shooting down government bills due to the wishes of their respective political parties.

According to Mutharika, it is common for most MPs to put forward their political party agenda’s in the House rather than concentrating on issues affecting Malawians whom they claim to represent.

Peter Mutharika

Mutharika: Parliament is not and should never consider itself bigger than Govt.

“I have seen times when MPs represent their parties than people. I have seen times when MPs frustrate government business that is meant to serve people we claim to represent. And I ask again: Why are we here?” Mutharika queried.

According to Mutharika, the 46th session of Parliament will be meaningful if all Members of Parliament will not cling to their political leanings but discuss issues that will benefit Malawians at large.

“We are here for the people. This session will be meaningful if we all remember that we are here to represent people,” Mutharika said.

Malawi’s head of state stressed that August House is not a place for showing off political strength which is what mostly happens.

“Far too often Mr Speaker sir, we meet here to flex our political muscles. This is not the house for political posturing. This is not our house. Parliament is the house of the people. We are here on the principal of representing people,” Mutharika said.

He further told the MPs not to regard the Legislature as superior among all arms of government because all arms of government are important and they function hand in hand.

“Parliament is an important part of Government. Parliament is an important part of the people. Parliament is the cornerstone of democracy. But Parliament is not and should never consider itself bigger than Government,” Mutharika said.

Yesterday, three Members of Parliament belonging to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) were sworn in for winning during the 17 the October, 2017 by-elections.

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59 Comments

  1. When has the big man realised this? Was it not the very same DPP who started it? Just come with what people want and the problem is solved.

  2. Kkkkk… Maybe Peter is now a grown up boy after kuvinidwa pa ma by-elections.. It’s good indeed to bury party politics at parliament, but be wise enough to shake your cabinet alittle bit.. Dausi, Jappe, Obama and Goodall should be relieved..and don’t forget Nankhumwa.. Replace them with technocrats…

  3. Kodi Abare tinazorowera kutukwana Msogoreri wa ziko eti mmmm ai komatu Maiko ena kuribe zimenezi.Or akazuse ndarama zomwe azikapasidwa ndi za Boma basi tiyeni tiphunzire kuremekeza Azisogoreri anthu Ndioramura basu

    • Boma malo ndalama limatenga kuti athuwa sutukwana ayi Koma kwanyasidwa zimene akupanga mtsogoleri iyeyo ukamba kuwopseza ma mps ukuganiza kuti akukhoza zonsezi wakamba chifukwa sakufuna Bill yokhudza chisankho akudziwa kuti zipani zotsutsa zibweretsa Ndiye iyeyo akukana. Nudikira mtsogoleri otsutsa akamba kuti chiyani.

  4. Yes!the president has spoken the truth!some parties forces their mps to turn down the 50+1 plus one that we malawians wants to be included in our constitution!we are kinly following u!people denied the third term,then the open term,now its the same with this one we say yes we need the fifty plus one the only countly in africa clinging to the current old past post!

  5. Some guys will intentionally not put chairs in their rooms so that when a lady comes to visit, she will have no other option than to sit on the bed. These are ministers of Strategic Planning and Bedmatic Affairs. #Ño flog me too much, my period just show this morning.#

  6. Malawi 24 kuli nkhope zambiri mbiri zabwino zimene mungaike pa page iyi za President. Chifukwa chani simunamutenge chithuzi chabwino mkuika pa page yanuyi? Ndi Fundo yofunikila iyi koma chithuzi ichi muchotse

  7. Listening to APM’s SONA, one can tell the president is afraid…
    He has been engulfed in fear.

    Fear can make you speak lies to save yourself
    Fear can make you speak truth as well to save yourself.

    Honesty speaking, he talked the truth but I think the problem is the speaker not the speach itself.

    Imagine if it was LAZ speaking?
    I think we could all say “that’s a leader.

    Sober and neutral reader will see something from the comments, not only on Malawi 24 but all those pages that have tried to give us what the President said.
    ANGER AND MADNESS HAS CROWDED OUR JUDGEMENT.

    While he was speaking
    We had already concluded everything.

  8. Yes and am with thatone kodi a Malawi mumapezanji mukamapanga nsanje nzanu akamalamulira? munayambira kalekale kodi wabwino mudzamutenga kuti ndale sizingatukule dziko!! akanakhala kuti ma President wonse anakwanitsa zomwe analonjeza bwezi ku Malawi kulibe mavuto koma analephera enawa nde Peter angathane nawo mavutowo ndi zaka 5 zokha? amene akukuwuzani kuti azathana ndi mavuto anuwo ndi zaka 5 zokhayo wakunamizani!!! kuchuluka nzeru sikwabwino a Chakwera ndi anzanu khalani pansi!

  9. basically, if what he’s saying is anything to go by, it should only be DPP MPs doing party-politics by supporting DPP-led government bills.

  10. kkkkkkkkk mr pita dont cry like a baby.u know very well that all those MPs are there because of there political agenda.they are members of parliament either under their political parties or independent. even dpp will put bills that favours their political agenda.stop fooling people u
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  11. Indeed Mr President opposition must take out the mentality of shootng government business in parliament we suffer most for poor service delivery to country and the same opposition critisize Government in debating service delivery.

    • Malawian politicians join politics after attaining retirement age in government or private companies, frankly speaking anthu okalamba they think like children ndanena ndanena basi hate me if you like anthu a over 60 years can’t deliver lets let those below fifty rule this country…

  12. Let’s be honest here. There will be always party politics in parliament because every MP goes to that house carrying mandate of their respective parties. They can’t support other party’s policies because doing so, they’ll be killing their own policies and promoting other party’s policies

    • Bro Felix i hear you but if they leave party politics in parliament, that will be the biggining of one party system. In a democratic parliament, they need to debate and convince each other don’t just rubber stamp other party’s policies.

    • Akuluwa ukuwakoseku akuwopa Bill yachisankho ndindiye akulira ngati mwana wa khanda chifukwa chozolowera kubera masankho alipampungwempungwe ayi iwowo ndatsogoreri Koma azikumbukira kuti majority rules.

  13. As long as they are not to benefit individuals in the ruling party.Some allocated funds are still unaccounted for .Shouldnt MPs question about this ???? SOME bills arent worthy debating and they need to be shotdown.

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