Malawi’s opposition parliamentarians have accused Finance Minister Ken Lipenga of taking business in the chamber “casually”.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) parliamentarian for Thyolo Thava Lifred Nawena said Lipenga has always been lacking sincerity in his approach to the business in the house.
Nawena’s ‘observation’ was also shared by United Democratic Front (UDF) chief whip Clement Chiwaya who said Lipenga is lacking seriousness the parliamentary business deserves and is taking “things casually”.
Taking his turn, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) chief whip Joseph Njobvuyalema advised Lipenga to avoid approaching parliamentary business the way he approaches poetry.
Said Njobvuyalema: “May the honourable Finance Minister stop handling issues here as if he is doing his poetry or drama, after all we are not his children.”
But in response, Lipenga said: “When I am speaking or responding to queries while I am smiling, does not mean that I am taking things casually.”
Ken Lipenga is one of Malawi’s highly respected poet, writer and linguist.