Malawi’s ruling People’s Party (PP) has maintained that it expelled its spokesman Hophmally Makande and deputy secretary general Frank Mwenefumbo for deciding to contest as independent candidates in May 20 elections.
PP deputy spokesperson, Ken Msonda, said the decision was also extended to all its members who are contesting as independent candidates because their decision was tantamount to misconduct and insubordination therefore they automatically lose party membership.
“People’s Party has one presidential candidate Dr Joyce Banda, one running mate Sosten Gwengwe, one parliamentary candidate under PP ticket in every constituency and one councillor,” said Msonda who now becomes the PP chief publicist.
He said all members who have decided to contest as independents “have been expelled and cease to be PP members.”
Msonda, who apparently lost primaries but respected the PP stand not to contest as independent. Said those whose PP membership have been withdrawn include Makande and Mwenefumbo.
Makande and Mwenefumbo have vowed to go ahead and run for parliamentary seats in their respective constituencies on an independent ticket, saying their political future will be shaped after the elections.
PP has since replaced Mwenifumbo with Dorcas Malopa Gondwe . The party has also replaced Olipah Muyava who was elected the party’s deputy national International Relations Officer with Aram Beza.
Other expelled members include Jones Chingola, Sam Ganda, Eunice Makangala, Renn Kachere and Boniface Kadzamira.