JB re-elected PP leader

Written by  McDonald Chiwayula

The Peoples Party (PP) Convention held at Robins Park in Blantyre on Thursday 30 August has given a fresh mandate to Joyce Banda to lead the party as its president and torch bearer for the 2019 tripartite elections.

Joyce Banda making her acceptance speech at PP's convention Joyce Banda making her acceptance speech at PP's convention

Banda retained her seat after amassing 1183 votes to beat the lone presidential contender little known Leonard Mphinza, who only managed to get 23 votes from the valid casted votes.


In her acceptance speech, Banda said the Peoples Party has demonstrated maturity in politics by conducting a free and fair election of office bearers to key positions of the party.


“On behalf of those elected, I would like to convey my sincere appreciation to all delegates for your perseverance since morning today. We promise to work with all structures of the party. Let me also commend the organizing committee for allowing Leonard Mphiza to contest for the seat of presidency in our party this is a sign of maturity in politics,” she said.


Some quick facts from the PP elective conference were;
•The withdrawal of Kamlepo Kalua from contesting Vice President for the North
•Ralph Mhone went unopposed as PP’s Vice President North
•Beatrice Mwale is the PP’s Vice President for the Central
•Joyce Banda's Son Roy Kachale is now the party's Vice President for the Eastern Region
•Ephraim Chivunde is PP’s Vice President for the South
•Ibrahim Matola is the Secretary General of the party
•Dr. James Munthali has been elected the party’s Treasurer General


Speaking before commencement of the vote, Ralph Mhone MP, informed the delegates of some changes made to PP’s constitution. Among some key additions is the provision of a clause in the party's constitution that will allow for the establishment of a disciplinary committee that will resolve internal disputes and mete out necessary punishment to wayward members.


The elections were conducted by Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) and MEC’s returning Officer, King Rudi said political parties should intensify civic education on the voting process as there were a considerable amount of votes that were declared null and void.


The Peoples party is expected to hold its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting this weekend to map the way forward on how they will approach the campaign trail and decide if they will go to it alone to the polls or consider forming an alliance.

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