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Northern PP members want Khumbo not Uladi

Written by  Sam Phiri

It doesn’t rain but pours for the opposition People’s Party (PP) as supporters in the North on Monday took to the street to protest the recent firing of its Provincial chair Christopher Mzomera Ngwira, calling it unconstitutional.

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Mzomera was fired from the party by its newly appointed Interim leader Uladi Mussa for allegedly siding with former Vice President Khumbo Kachali and organizing thugs to disrupt the meeting organized by Mussa on Sunday in the North.


He was replaced by Sherbone Mchizi.


The protesters in PP t-shirts who walked along Orton Chirwa Highway to MBC Kaning’ina studios sang anti-Mussa songs, calling him to relinquish authority as PP Interim leader.


The angry supporters also protested the appointment of Mussa, saying the tendency of handpicking is not allowed in the party.


“We do not see any reason why the Acting President Uladi Mussa and the Secretary General Ibrahim Matola should fire people in the party like that. What offence has Ngwira committed to deserve dismissal? ” Clive Nthakomwa, representative of the protesters told the press.


Nthakomwa said if Ngwira and others are not reinstated as soon as possible the Party should brace for more squabbles. “Mussa failed at the convention which displays that supporters in the party have never seen any leadership ability in him so why imposing him on us now?” they wondered.


They however demand that former Vice President Khumbo Kachali be appointed as an interim leader until the convention is held.


Kachali has however denied that he is interested in taking any leading role in the party saying his interest is only to see the party doing well.


Last time when Ngwira spoke to this reporter he said he does not recognize his firing, saying he is still PP and that those who fired him have no mandate make such a decision.


Ngwira branded Mussa as a political failure who is there to destroy the Party which is already in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).


However the party’s Vice President for the North Kamlepo Kaluwa said the decision to fire Ngwira has been endorsed by the party’s founder Joyce Banda and that is final.


Kalua who is on record to have called for the reinstatement of all the fired PP party officials said much as he does not agree with the decision, Mzomera has been found to be in conflict with the party’s rules, hence the firing.


Many political analysts have called for the return of Banda who has been in self imposed exile since losing to the incumbent Malawi leader Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika in the 2014 general elections.


Both Emily Mkamanga and Church and Society of the Livingstonia synod Moses Mkandawire advised Banda to stop running the party by remote control saying such tendency is putting the orange camp on its death bed.

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