By Dorica Mtenje
LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-After refusing to apologize to the August house for failing to justify his allegations of 2022-2023 Affordable Inputs Program (AIP) MK30 billion mess, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Aisha Adams kicked out Mzimba North lawmaker Yeremiah Chihana.
Last week, Chihana who is AFORD Member of Parliament made in the August House allegation that MK30 billion was stolen and was ordered to take to the office of the Speaker evidence over the matter, which on Tuesday he claimed to have submitted, prompting the Leader of the house, Richard Chimwendo Banda to ask the Second Deputy Speaker to pronounce herself on the matter.
“I am standing this afternoon Madam because this is the house of records, and it’s said the house of records and traditions. What was communicated late in the morning before we went for lunch break is that the Honorable Member for Mzimba North has given information regarding the 30 billion kwacha insinuation that he made in the house.
“I therefore wanted you to pronounce yourself on the same, because the social media out there is actually writing that now Mzimba North has given the evidence. So we are also eagerly waiting for your direction about the evidence,” said Chimwendo Banda.
In her response, Second Deputy Speaker, Aisha Mambo Adam told the house that at the time the matter was being presented on the floor, she had no information, a communication which did not please the government side, prompting to request for 20 minutes suspension of the house until the information is brought before the house.
When the house resumed after the suspension, the Second Deputy Speaker confirmed to the house having received the evidence from Mzimba North Parliamentarian.
“After looking at the evidence, here is my ruling; Honorable Members, I wish to advise that indeed the Honorable Member for Mzimba North brought to my office, the office of the Speaker, some photocopied documents which have been shared with the leadership of this house as evidence.
Having gone through the documents which the Member brought as evidence do not in anyway indicate that MK30 billion has disappeared or stolen.
The documents in question speak to MK750 million which was paid for the procurement of fertilizer which the joint Committee on the Affordable Inputs Program is currently investigating.
The documents which Mzimba North has submitted have been extracted from a submission by Ecobank to the joint Committee of the equivalent MK750 million to would-be fertilizer suppliers.
“In view of the forgoing, my office rejects the documents submitted by Mzimba North as evidence to support his allegation that MK30 billion was stolen,” reads part of the ruling by the Second Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, while adding that the statement by Chihana was sensational, and un parliamentary that can damage the dignity of the house and integrity of the Members.
Chihana was then suspended until Thursday morning, before handing him an increased suspension to Monday, November 28,2022 following his uncalled for behavior when he was slapped in the face with the first disciplinary suspension.
On his part Chihana said he was not given time to explain the documents which he represented to the speaker as evidence.
Chihana dared that there is more to AIP’s MK30 billion scam as President Lazarus Chakwera’s Tonse government is only making justification of one bank which was paid MK750 million leaving other banks unliquidated
He has asked leader of the house to explain to malawians on who authorise the transaction and make the liquidation on all the bank statements and come up with a concrete answer.
However, Leader of the house, Chimwendo Banda said Chihana claims are baseless as he failed to come up with tangible evidence which the house asked him
Chimwendo therefore appealed to lawmakers avoid bringing in issues in the house which have no proof
Chihana is expected to be come for Parliament proceeding next week Monday.