APM Hailed As 2016/17 Mid-year Budget Review Session Ends

Newly-appointed Leader of Government Business in Parliament, Kondwani Nankhumwa, has pledged to ensure that outstanding Parliament projects, including television and radio stations, are implemented during his tenure in office.

In his maiden ‘Discontinuous Motion’ speech at the end of the 2016/17 Mid-year Budget Review Session on Thursday March 2, 2017, the youthful Mulanje Central Member of parliament said that without being seen as usurping powers of Parliament Secretariat, he would work with the Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya that all outstanding projects of Parliament are implemented without further delay.

“I have in mind the establishment of Parliament’s own radio and TV stations whose licenses were already awarded by the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) a few years ago.

“I have in mind the outstanding issue of laptops, which must be made available to each and every member of this House. These are some of the issues, which must be dealt with at all cost,” said the Leader of the House.

Nankhumwa, who is also minister responsible for Local Government and Rural Development, said he believes that the two projects shall enhance direct link and communication between Members of Parliament (MPs) and their constituents.

“May I therefore ask all members of this august House, to join and support me in this noble cause,” he said.

“Allow me further, to express my profound and heartfelt gratitude to His Excellency President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika for bestowing upon me the honour and privilege of being Leader of Government Business in this august House,” he said.

He thanked President Mutharika for “his faith and trust in me notwithstanding a wealth of knowledge, experience and integrity that my Honourable colleagues on this side have”.

“Let me take this opportunity, Mr. Speaker, Sir, to assure the President, my Honourable colleagues on both sides of this august House and the entire nation that I shall endeavour to discharge my duties and responsibilities with utmost diligence, integrity and impartiality.

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