Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
BLANTYRE—The 44th midterm budget review meeting by Parliament which is underway in the capital Lilongwe has so far seen the relocation of five parliamentarians to the opposition side.
The development means that the numbers on the government side are dwindling following the mass departure of opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) law makers to join the opposition beaches since parliament started meeting last Friday.
As of Friday, government side had about 80 MPs against the opposition’s 110. Speaker of the House Henry Chimunthu Banda announced on Tuesday Charles Mchacha’s decision to rejoin the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
The announcement follows four other law makers who on Monday also wrote and asked the Speaker to give them seats in the opposition benches after rejoining the DPP.
The four parliamentarians are Wilfred Nawena of Thyolo Thava, former tourism minister Daniel Liwimbi, Wells Gama for Blantyre West, and former energy minister Grain Malunga.
(c) The Maravi Post 2013