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Section 65 rulling due Today. Chimunthu Banda a hero or a villain

By Amalawi - Thu Jun 21, 7:11 am

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LIOLONGWE: The speaker of Malawi Parliament will today make himself a hero or a villain, the Mr Chimunthu Band will today Thursday 21 June 2012 rule on the dreaded section 65 of the Republican of Malawi Constitution.

Chimunthu Banda, Speaker of Malawi Parliament

Chimunthu Banda, Speaker of Malawi Parliament

The section, touted by many as Malawi’s pillar of democracy, restricts Members of Parliament from ditching their parties to join another that is represented in the house.

After the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika many DPP lawmakers ditched the party to join People’s Party of President Joyce Banda.
This forced the former ruling party, through the party’s leader in parliament Dr. George Chaponda, to petition the Speaker to declare vacant seats of over 40 legislators who crossed the floor to PP and the ruling on that matter will be known Thursday.

At least ten MPs who defected to the PP have gone back to DPP and the latest is lawmaker for Phalombe North Anna Kachikho.

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