Parliament has turned back a consignment of 20, 000 condoms that was donated to the august House on Tuesday by Aids Health Foundation (AHF).
Addressing a news conference at Parliament Building in Lilongwe, Leader of the House Richard Chimwendo Banda says the lawmakers are concerned with how the donation has attracted unnecessary tension and insinuation.
“We are deeply saddened us as Members of Parliament how the public has received this news, it’s really regrettable and unfortunate that the issue at hand attracted such attention and we have resolved that we turn back the condoms,” said Chimwendo-Banda.
According to Chimwendo Banda, the lawmakers are not against the donation but how it has impacted their moral attitude and decadency.
“People out there are questioning our conduct when we are in this honourable house, the public is thinking that all we do here is sex unlike executing our core functions and elected representatives,” he wondered.
Chimwendo Banda has also dismissed reports that Parliament uses 10, 000 condoms a month saying that Condoms that are accessed in the lavatories are used by everyone including stakeholders not only Members of Parliament.
“And I would like to dismiss that assertion that we [MPs] use 10, 000 condoms a month, that’s too sensational, the condoms that are found in lavatories are used by everyone; staff members, stakeholders including you journalists,” clarified Chimwendo Banda.
Also in attendance of the news conference were Leader of Opposition Kondwani Nankhumwa, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chief Whip Symon Vuwa Kaunda and Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Media, Information and Technology Aboo McNice Naliwa.
The House has since pleaded with AHF to donate masks to the legislators and channel the condom donation to the community.