By Meclina Chirwa
The Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya has been asked to step down within the next 7 days for allegedly flouting the Republic of Malawi Constitution section 65(1).
Forum for National Development (FND) National Coordinator Fryson Chodzi issued the call on Tuesday at a media briefing in Lilongwe.
The development comes barely a few days when the group issued a similar plea for the Vice President Saulos Chilima and Presidential Advisor on Safe Motherhood Calista Mutharika to resign for official negligence.
According to Chodzi, Msowoya is not fit to lead the National Assembly for allegedly breaching the Constitution on clause of crossing the floor.
"The Speaker has lost legal authority to lead the law making body by flouting this very same constitutional provision. We cannot have a law making body be led by a person who openly flouts and violates the constitution. Further, the actions of the speaker has put the Malawi constitution in crisis," he said.
Chodzi added: "If the Speaker does not heed our calls for resignation, he leaves us with no choice but to commence citizen and appropriate actions to uphold the constitution. "
The Malawi public constitution Section 65 (1) says: "The Speaker shall declare vacant the seat of any member of the National Assembly who was, at the time of his election, a member of one political party represented in the National Assembly, other than by that member alone but who has voluntarily ceased to be a member of that party or has joined another political party represented in the National Assembly, or has joined any other political party, or association or organization whose objectives are political in nature."
On Saturday, Msowoya endorsed Malawi Vice President Dr Saulosi Chilima for the Presidential candidacy in next year’s polls when he was unveiled as leader of the newly formed United Transformation Movement.
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