Speaker Richard Msowoya declares Chakwera’s speech ‘out of order’

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Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya has ruled that some of the words used by leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera when responding to President Mutharika’s address be removed from the Hansard.

Speaker Richard Msowoya: Some of Chakwera's words were unparliamentary Speaker Richard Msowoya: Some of Chakwera's words were unparliamentary

The Speaker’s action follows a concern raised by government chief whip Henry Mussa that some of the words used by the leader of opposition were unpalatable.

Henry Mussa had raised concern that the Leader of Opposition, who is also Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, was being disrespectful when he referred to President Mutharika as being ‘insensitive and incompetent’.

Chakwera said these remarks on Monday this week when he was responding to the address in Parliament by the President on Friday, last week.

In his ruling, Speaker Richard Msowoya said the words were unparliamentary according to Standing Order 97 of the National Assembly.

He advised members of Parliament to avoid using insulting and inflammatory words. He therefore ordered that the words ‘incompetent’ and ‘insensitive’ should be scrapped off from the Hansard immediately.

Msowoya almost lost his temper when some opposition members insisted that the Leader of Opposition was right in using the insulting words.

He advised the MCP members that once the Speaker has made his ruling no one is allowed to make further contribution.

Meanwhile, members of Parliament for Mzimba Hora and Chikwawa Central, Christopher Mzomera Ngwira and Gaffar Issa respectively, have officially defected to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The two have since shifted seats from opposition to government side in Parliament.

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