Nnesa says Malawi ruling PP has ‘mercenaries’

Upfront Member of Parliament for Balaka South and president of Mafunde, George Nnesa told Speaker of Parliament, Henry Chimunthu Banda that he should not reflect his party as having one MP, saying the governing People’s Party (PP) has also one elected MP and the rest are “just mercenaries.”

Nnesa was reacting to a reference by the Speaker that Mafunde is a one-man party represented in Parliament.

“Is it in order for the Chair to reflect on MAFUNDE as having one MP because that side (governing PP) has got only one MP and the rest are just mercenaries,” said Nnesa.

The Speaker asked Nnesa to clarify, saying he meant Mafunde has one member in the House.

Nnesa: Mafunde ha sone elected MP and PP also has one elected MP

Nnesa: Mafunde ha sone elected MP and PP also has one elected MP

But the Balaka South lawmaker said: “And PP has got one elected MP as well.”

“Oh! I see,” said Speaker while laughing. “Well, the Chair will not go that far.  But you have made your point.  I think you have made your point, let us leave matters at that point.”

PP came to power when President Joyce Banda formed government after the sudden death of President Bingu wa Mutharika in April last year.

Banda, who leads the PP, was estranged from Mutharika over succession wrangles but remained the country’s vice president after Mutharika’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) expelled her from the party.

She was sworn in as Malawi president to finish Mutharika’s term in 2014.

PP has been getting support in the Malawi National Assembly from members who ditched the parties that ushered them into power like the DPP, UDF and some independents claiming that they have been told to do so by their constituents.

PP won one seat in Mzimba West through last October’s by-election, making Raymond Nkhata as the only lawmaker elected under the PP ticket.

The country holds tripartite elections next year.

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