The Catholic University of Malawi hosts the Malawi Parliament
The Speaker of the Malawi National Assembly, Rt. Honourable Richard Msowoya MP, delivered a public lecture at the Catholic University of Malawi on 18th April, 2018. The event was organized as part of the Malawi Parliament's strategic action to bring parliament to the people. According to the Malawi Parliament 2010-2015 strategic plan, public lectures are one way of promoting citizen's knowledge about the functions of parliament as the legislative arm of government.
Addressing over 500 hundred students, lecturers and professors who attended the public lecture, the Rt. Hon. Richard Msowoya said interface meetings are critical as they allow citizens to participate in improving the operations of Parliament. The main topic of discussion during the public lecture was how MPs perceive their representative role in light of Section 65, and Electoral Bills. The public lecture also touched on how parliament steers the Executive in any economic development direction with the current over-borrowing situation.
Also attending the public lecture were Hon. Ralph Jooma, Commissioner of Parliamentary Service Commission and member of the Budget Committee, Hon. Dr. Elias Chakwera, chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Hon. Maxwell Thyolera, chairperson of the Legal Affairs Committee, and Hon. Juliana Lunguzi, chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Health.
In his remarks welcoming the Speaker, the Catholic University of Malawi Vice Chancellor, Rev Fr Dr Buleya, said the university is committed to contribute to socio economic change of the country. He then asked the Parliament to conclude and pass the Legal Education and Legal Practitioners Bill in the upcoming Parliament sitting. The passing of this bill into law will pave way for the Catholic University's law programme to be accredited.
On his part, chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Education, Dr. Elias Chakwera revealed that the Catholic University of Malawi is one of two private universities invited to sit on the stakeholder consultation meeting with Higher Education Loans Boards.
Staff and students of Catholic University of Malawi had the opportunity to contribute to the interface discussion with the Speaker of the National Assembly and his delegation.. Commenting on the event, Wisdom Kanyinji, president of the Catholic University of Malawi Students Union, said public lectures are a good platform for citizenry participation in a democratic society. He said: ''the public lecture has among other things encouraged us to hold our MPs accountable as community representatives in parliament''.
Honorable Msowoya commended the staff and students of the Catholic University of Malawi for making the event a success. He said: ''judging from the level of participation and the issues that the staff and students are raising, I am very impressed and understand why the Catholic University of Malawi is ranked as one of the best private universities in the country. The discussion today has shown that this institution has intellectuals whose ideas can impact the development of the country''. The Speaker of National Assembly has since encouraged every Malawian to commit to social justice and to build equality and equity in the country.