Former governing People’s Party (PP) members are dragging High Court judge Dingiswayo Madise into the party civil war for aiding the faction of former vice president Khumbo Kachali and having adverse interest in the party infighting.
The PP hierarchy say Justice Madise should have recused himself in the matter when some party members obtained a court injunction to stop recent appointments of Uladi Mussa and Kamplepo Kalua because he reportedly persuaded PP founder Joyce Banda to step aside and give the leadership to Kachali.
Banda, currently outside Malawi, is said to have not taken the advice and appointed party’s vice president and parliamentary leader Uladi Mussa as an acting president and Rumphi East MP, Kamlepo Kalua as vice-president.
This forced PP National organising secretary Salim Bagus to obtain an injunction through Judge Madise stopping Banda’s appointments.
PP accuse Kachale that after he realised that the party has denied him the opportunity to stage “a coup “ to take over a party that he abandoned and disowned, he mobilized those that had been isolated by the mainstream party because they had been working with him.
The faction hired lawyer Davie Lameck to represent them.
PP links lawyer Lameck to Judge Madise that he married a sister to Madise’s wife and that on the day they obtained an injunction , the wife of Lameck was seriously sick in Mzuzu hospital and Kachali to told the hospital he would pay all the bills. She died the following day.
The publicity secretary of Ken Msonda has accused officials who obtained the injunction to be spoilers.
But Bagus said “enough is enough” as the culture of appointing members to party positions seems to be defeating the spirit of elections through convention.
Bagus echoed calls by other members calling for a convention to resolve all the differences .
PP parliamentarian Ralph Jooma, who is vice-president (finance and administration) said there is nothing illegal about the recent appointments of Mussa and Kalua.
On calls to have the convention, PP secretary general Ibrahim Matola said the party will hold convention next year 2017 as scheduled in the constitution.
He said all positions will be up for grabs from president to all executive members.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :