Parliament suspends committee meetings

By Chancy Namadzunda:

Speaker of the National Assembly Catherine Gotani Hara has suspended the ongoing Committee Meetings amid rising cased and deaths related to Covid-19.

So far, the country has lost ministers of local government Lingson Belekanyama and Transport Sidik Mia.

Until his death, Mia was also Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Vice President.

According to a statement from the office of the Speaker, the meetings have been suspended with immediate effect until 29th January, 2021.

“This decision has been made following consultations with Leaders of Political Parties and the Covid-19 Taskforce regarding the way forward on Committee Meetings for the Third Quarter,” reads part of the statement.

Hara said the decision to suspend Committee Meetings has been arrived at to assess further developments of the Covid-19 pandemic and devise appropriate response plans to safeguard the lives of Members of Parliament and staff.

She said members of ttaff are also immediately being directed to work in shifts to decongest the Parliament Building.

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