Stop taking your fight to parliament-NAP warns DPP

By Chisomo Phiri

A grouping of Civil society organizations; National Advocacy Platform (NAP), has warned the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) against taking its fight to Parliament.

Addressing journalists in Lilongwe yesterday, NAP Chairperson Benedicto Kondowe warned the opposition party against sabotaging the presentation of President Lazarus Chakwera’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) and the 2024/25 National Budget.

NAP Chairperson Benedicto Kondowe

Kondowe said the CSOs are well informed that the opposition plans to make parliament ungovernable because of their political fights but warned against taking the political fights to a house that is supposed to be discussing issues affecting Malawians.

The CSOs say the opposition should settle their differences outside parliament as parliament has a constitutional obligation to make sure that it transacts its business pursuant to the interests of the general public.

On Wednesday morning, there was drama at parliament when both George Chaponda and Kondwani Nankhumwa turned up for the business committee meeting.

Nankhumwa was recently fired from the DPP and the party appointed Chaponda as the new leader of opposition.

However,Nankhumwa btained an injunction restricting Chaponda from taking up the new role insisting procedures were flouted when expelling him.

The speaker allowed Nankhumwa to attend the meeting and Chaponda was turned back.