BLANTYERE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi Law Society (MLS) has slammed Attorney General (AG) Chakaka Nyirenda for “willfully and knowingly” giving a wrong opinion to the Secretary to Cabinet, Collen Zamba and former Acting CEO of National Oil Company of Malawi (NOCMA) Helen Buluma for them not comply with a Congressional Subpoenas to appear before Public Appointment Committee (PAC) of Parliament.
According to AG Nyirenda says the two could not appear before a Parliamentary committee that has no powers to confirm their employments.
But MLS through its honorary secretary Chrispin Ngunde observes that Nyirenda deliberately misled the nation on this matter as Parliament or its Committee has powers to subpoena anyone including the AG himself according to the Constitution and Standing Orders of Parliament which its powers are drawn from the same Constitution.
Ngunde cited constitutional provisions 60(3) of the Constitution bestow such powers to Parliament as given below:
- The National Assembly and any committee of the National Assembly shall have the power to conduct investigations and exercise the power to subpoena the attendance of any person or office holder whosoever as required in connexion with the prudent exercise of the functions of the National Assembly and failure to attend without leave or without valid reason or excuse shall be held to be a contempt of the National Assembly or committee in question.
But on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 former CEO of NOCMA Buluma obliged to the subpoena as issued by PAC and she testified while Collen Zamba defied the summons without giving a reason.
However, it is not yet known if PAC will proceed with contempt of National Assembly charges against Zamba.