‘Iwe usandinyanse!’ …tempers flare in parliament over Chizuma arrest

Malawi Leader of Opposition

Tempers flared in Malawi Parliament this afternoon over the arrest of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director, Martha Chizuma, with Parliamentarians exchanging unsavoury words.

After sitting resumed this afternoon following an earlier adjournment, opposition leader in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa narrated the ordeal of Chizuma at the hands of police officers.

“One of the police officers wanted to manhandle her. They forced her to kneel before them when taking a statement,” said Nankhumwa reporting what Chizuma told him.

Nankhumwa then put forward a demand for president Lazarus Chakwera to appear in Parliament to take questions on the arrest of Chizuma. It was Nankhumwa’s demand that sent the government benches scrambling.

Leader of the House Richard Chimwendo Banda challenged that Nankhumwa should follow orders to invite the president. It was in a heated discussion which followed that Minister of Foreign Affairs uttered the unparliamentary language.

Iwe usandinyanse wamva,” said the minister forcing Nankhumwa to call on the speaker to bring to order the visibly angry minister.

The minister withdrew the statement before the speaker adjourned the house.

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