Mutharika - Timid to face MPs

Mutharika – Timid to face MPs

LILONGWE (Papius Liwonde, Malawi NewsNow)- Malawi President Peter Mutharika who is facing a barrage of criticism for being inept for failing to provide leadership in tackling worsening poverty in the southern African country, has said he will not go to parliament to answer question which four legislators had sent to him in advance through Speaker.

The questions were sent from leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera, former vice president  Khumbo Kachali who is now Mzimba South West MP,  Kamlepo Kalua of Rumphi East and Nkhotakota South East MP Everson Makowa Mwale.

“I forwarded the questions to the President,” Speaker Richard Msowoya informed the House on Monday.

He said the questions were sent to the Head of State under parliamentary Standing Order 70.

But the Speaker told the legislatures that President Mutharika has indicated that he will not available in the House to answer the questions- apparently fearing he will be embarrassed and trimmed to size by probing MPs.

“Instead the President has delegated the relevant ministers to answer the questions on his behald,” the Speaker said,

The Speaker said  some questions will be answered on Wednesday by Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe while some will be tackled on Friday.